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Weather Forecast

FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATE AREA FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014

TODAY: MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH 63. NORTHWEST WIND 10-15 MPH.

TONIGHT: MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW 37.

TOMORROW: MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH 56.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY:

DRY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY, A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS THURSDAY. HIGH'S IN 50'S & 60'S. LOW'S IN THE 30'S & 40'S.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 9.3-FEET & STEADY

Dubuque and TriState

Ernst's Education Proposals Criticized

Braley for Iowa recently unveiled a report that it says details the damaging impact that Iowa State Senator and Congressional candidate Joni Ernst's radical education proposals would have on Iowa students, schools and teachers. The report says that Ernst's plans to eliminate the Department of Education, and privatize students loans would reduce or eliminate academic support for more than 100-thousand Iowa students, cut 12-hundred Iowa teacher and staff jobs, and force college students to pay up to 5-thousand-730 dollars more every year for school. Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg, a member of the State Education Committee says Ernst's education plan would fail Iowa students, schools, teachers and families.

Hogg, who served 4 years with Ernst on the Iowa Education Committee says even when there was bipartisan support for the education budget, Ernst voted "no" on numrous educational proposals.

NICC Alumni And Retirees to be Honored

Northeast Iowa Community College will be celebrating the college's outstanding alumni and retirees for their service to the college in two NICC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The first ceremony will be held today and will celebrate three NICC alumni who are Calmar campus graduates and one retiree, previously employed at the Calmar campus. The second ceremony will be held on November 17th and will honor three alumni who are Peosta campus graduates and a retiree who served at the Peosta campus. Also this year, NICC will honor an individual from each campus with the Foundation Retiree Outstanding Service Award. That award celebrates the career long achievements, loyalty and dedication to NICC and northast Iowa, and recognizes employees whose dedication, commitment and efforts rise above and beyond expectations.

Adult Care Food Program

Meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program at Hills and Dales Childcare Center in Dubuque are again being provided this year at no seperate charge to children who are enrolled at the center, and are provided without regard to race, color, national orgin, sex, age, or disability. Adult care participants, who are members of food assistance households, or who are SSI or Medicaid participants are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. Hills and Dales Childcare Center is an inclusive setting, where children with and without disabilities receive services.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hospitals and doctors' offices in Iowa are preparing for the unlikely possibility of a case of Ebola in the state. The Des Moines Register reports clinics have started asking whether patients have visited the countries where the Ebola outbreak is based West Africa. Doctor Daniel Gervich with Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines says it's important for hospitals to have a plan in place.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Senator Elizabeth Warren focused on stumping for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley during a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday, but some liberal activists made it clear they want her to run for the White House. Warren drew enthusiastic applause from several hundred supporters gathered at the Hotel Fort Des Moines Sunday afternoon.

TAMA, Iowa (AP) - A long-idle beef processing plant is getting ready to reopen in Tama later this month. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Iowa Premium Beef officials recently took reporters on a tour of the plant that had been closed since 2004. CEO Jeffrey Johnson says the company has already received more than 1,000 applications to work at the plant.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Law enforcement policies on the use of stun guns vary greatly across Iowa's 99 counties, and civil rights experts who recently reviewed the policies say many of them are inadequate. The Des Moines Register obtained a new American Civil Liberties Union report that identifies several deficiencies in the stun gun policies.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin residents can start heading to their local clerks' offices this week to cast early ballots for the November 4th election. Early voting is set to begin Monday and run through October 31st. Municipal clerks can hold early voting from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during those two weeks, although each clerk can set his or her own hours.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A report says a Milwaukee police officer who killed a mentally ill man in a park is apparently the first Milwaukee officer fired as a result of a fatal on-duty shooting in at least 45 years. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the two officers criminally charged in fatal shootings since 1968 were not fired from the department. Officer Christopher Manney killed Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park on April 30th.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wildlife officials are closing two more wolf hunting zones in northern Wisconsin. The Department of Natural Resources said Zones 1 and 4 would be closed to further hunting and trapping of wolves effective 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The DNR closed Zone 2 last week. Three of the state's six zones remain open.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) - An 80-year-old Wisconsin man is riding his bicycle across 16 counties in the state to raise awareness about a proposed Enbridge Energy oil pipeline and call for greater transparency around the project. WDIO-TV reports Bruce Noble is biking through counties where the Canada-based company's crude oil Pipeline 61 could be built.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Early voting is set to get underway in Illinois. People can cast their ballots from today through Nov. 2 at sites around the state. Early voting locations include libraries, village halls and community centers throughout the state. Elections Board says almost 381,000 people voted early in the November 2010 general election.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are locked in a neck-and-neck contest for governor. They'll debate tonight in an event being hosted by the League of Women Voters of Illinois. The 60-minute back-and-forth could be their last chance to make their case before a large television audience.

CHICAGO (AP) - President Barack Obama has urged voters to cast their ballots early as Democrats fight to keep control of the governor's office in Illinois. Governor Pat Quinn is facing a stiff challenge from GOP businessman Bruce Rauner. A poster affixed to the podium Obama spoke from reminded Illinoisans that early voting starts today for next month's election.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Nicor Gas is holding an open house to answer questions about the cleanup of a former Bloomington manufactured gas plant site. Today's meeting will include a question-and-answer session on the latest phase of cleanup at the four-acre site. The site is contaminated with coal tar. It formerly housed a plant that manufactured gas using a variety of raw materials.

National News

Getting better prepared for Ebola...Liberia appeals for Ebola aid...Military helping Kurds in Syria

DALLAS (AP) - Federal officials are strengthening readiness to deal with future cases of Ebola, even as worries ease for at least some people. A top government official says revised guidance calls for health workers treating Ebola patients to wear protective gear "with no skin showing" and work in a "buddy system." Meanwhile, a monitoring period has passed for many of those who had close contact with a man who died from Ebola in a Dallas hospital. And a quarantined cruise ship passenger, who's a hospital worker, has tested negative.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says an entire generation could be lost to economic catastrophe as a result of the Ebola outbreak. In a "Letter to the World" that was broadcast by the BBC, she says Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill." Sirleaf is appealing for more international aid.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military says it's taking steps beyond air strikes to bolster Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The U.S. says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the city on Syria's border with Turkey.

BAGHDAD (AP) - There's a sign of support today for Iraq's new government and the battle against Islamic State militants from the country's top Shiite cleric. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has met with the country's prime minister. The meeting has symbolic significance because al-Sistani has shunned all politicians in past years in protest of the way they run the country.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A report from the House Democrats' campaign arm says it has millions stashed for a final election push. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it raised almost $17 million last month and has $34 million saved for the final weeks of the election. That has allowed the committee to spend heavily, especially in recent weeks. Democrats face tough odds for toppling the Republicans' majority in the House. Only a handful of races are seen as competitive.

Sports

NFL

St. Louis 28, Seattle 26

Miami 27, Chicago 14

Green Bay 38, Carolina 17

Baltimore 29, Atlanta 7

Washington 19, Tennessee 17

Jacksonville 24, Cleveland 6

Indianapolis 27, Cincinnati 0

Buffalo 17, Minnesota 16

Detroit 24, New Orleans 23

Kansas City 23, San Diego 20

Arizona 24, Oakland 13

Dallas 31, N.Y. Giants 21

Denver 42, San Francisco 17

NHL

Los Angeles 2, Minnesota 1

N.Y. Rangers 4, San Jose 0

Calgary 4, Winnipeg 1

Anaheim 3, St. Louis 0

Another passing record for Manning...DeMarco's da Man in Dallas...Rodgers leads Packer rout

DENVER (AP) - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has broken Brett Favre's all-time NFL record of 508 touchdown passes. Manning now has 510 TD throws after tossing four in the Broncos' 42-17 pounding of the San Francisco 49ers. He set the mark with his third scoring pass of the night, an eight-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas just before halftime.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has become the first player in NFL history to open a season with seven straight 100-yard rushing performances. Murray did it by running for 128 yards in the Cowboys' sixth straight win, 31-21 over the New York Giants. Jim Brown set the old mark of six straight games 56 years ago.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and the Green Bay Packers reached the end zone on their first three possessions en route to a 38-17 romp over Carolina. Rodgers had 255 passing yards in just over three quarters, with Randall Cobb making six receptions for 121 yards and a TD. Jordy Nelson opened the scoring with a 59-yard scoring grab for the 5-2 Packers, who dropped the Panthers to 3-3-1.

TALLEDEGA, Ala. (AP) - Brad Keselowski won yesterday's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway to advance to the next round in the Chase for the championship. Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards are among the eight finalists, as are Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth. Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne (kayn) and Kyle Busch were eliminated.

UNDATED (AP) - The SEC has landed four teams among the top-five in the new Associated Press Top-25 poll. Mississippi State still tops the pole after its bye week, with Florida State of the ACC No. 2. The rest of the top five spots are all SEC schools with Mississippi third, Alabama fourth and Auburn fifth. Oregon is ranked 6th and then Notre Dame, Michigan State, Georgia, and TCU rounding out the top 10.