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Julien Dubuque Bridge Reopens

In case you haven't heard... the Julien Dubuque Bridge over the Mississippi River has reopened several days ahead of schedule to ease commutes between Iowa and Illinois. The bridge reopened Saturday afternoon after 5 1/2 days of repairs, so drivers will no longer be forced to take a 10-mile detour into Wisconsin. The bridge closed last Monday, so its deck joints could be replaced. Workers had to remove part of the bridge to do the work. The contractor had 10 days to complete the job, but the state also offered $20,000 per day for each day ahead of schedule the $920,000 project was completed. Iowa Transportation Department officials say more work will be done on the piers underneath the bridge, but that won't affect traffic.

Jo Daviess County Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle accident in rural Jo Daviess County, late yesterday morning sent one person to a Galena hospital. The Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Department says 60-year old Timothy J. Riley of Muscatine, Iowa was driving his motorcycle northbound on South Blackjack Road when the accident occurred. Deputies say the investigation indicates Riley was unable to negotiate a sharp turn in the road. The bike veered off the road and crashed into the ditch.

Riley was taken by the Hanover Ambulance to Midwest Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The Hanover Fire Deparment also responded to the accident scene. Deputies say the accident remains under investigation, and so far no charges have been filed.

Braley Fighting Back

The campaign for Iowa Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley says he is being portrayed negatively when it comes to his support of veterans in ads they say are sponsored by the Koch brothers. Late last week, the Braley campaign held a tele-conference to denounce what they say are the latest misleading ad by the out-of-state billionaire Koch brothers-connected front group, known as "Connected Veterans for America." On the conference call was James Billmyer of Dubuque. He is the father of Christopher Billmyer, who lost both of his legs while fighting in Afghanistan in 2010. He says he was first introduced to Braley just after his son was injured. Billmeyer says while his son recovered for 2 years at the National Naval Medical Center, Braley would often call and visit him to check on his progress.

Also on the conference call was Todd Prichard, formerly a Major with the Iowa National Guard, now with the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a member of the 133rd Battalion out of Waterloo which spent 17 months in Iraq. Prichard says Braley stood up to the Pentagon to secure overdue combat pay for those Iowa National Guard troops.

The Braley campaign says he also introduced a law to give tax breaks to companies that hire veterans, secured full GI benefits for Iowa National Guard soldiers and worked to pass the Andrew Connolly Veterans Housing Act for disabled veterans.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Newly released records show that a 39-year-old man was shocked with stun guns at least 15 times before his death as Worth County Sheriff's deputies tried to subdue him. The Des Moines Register filed a lawsuit ( ) to obtain the records from the Sept. 22 incident in Northwood after the officers were officially cleared of any wrongdoing. The deputies shocked Michael Zubrod after finding him beating his girlfriend with a hammer and scissors. He also attacked a deputy.

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) - One small northwest Iowa town is preparing to deal with the loss of 450 jobs this fall when the Tyson Foods plant in Cherokee closes, and business owners are worrying about what it will mean. The Tyson plant is the second-largest employer in Cherokee.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa inmate who was sentenced to life in prison has died less than a year being granted compassionate release because she was dying. Friends and family members say Kristina Fetters died Sunday. Fetters was diagnosed with Stage 4 inoperable breast cancer last September, when she was imprisoned at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women. The 34-year-old Fetters was 15 when she entered prison for a 1995 first-degree murder conviction in the death of her great-aunt in 1994.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A small plane has to be towed to the airport on a truck after safely landing on an eastern Iowa road. The Black Hawk County Sheriff's office said the plane flying from Longmont, Colorado, to an annual air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when it had engine trouble around 8 p.m. Saturday. So 49-year-old Michael Hickman and his 22-year-old son James had to land the plane on a road north of the Waterloo Regional Airport. No one was injured and the plane wasn't damaged.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - State Rep. Bill Kramer, former majority leader of the Wisconsin Assembly, is due to stand trial in October on sexual assault charges. During a hearing Friday, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin scheduled a status conference for Oct. 23 and a jury trial for Oct. 28. Kramer's attorney says they'll continue to fight the allegations that Kramer shoved a woman into a car, tried to kiss her, groped her and made inappropriate comments to her outside a GOP event at a Muskego tavern in April 2011.

PLEASANTVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A man trimming branches at his home in southwestern Wisconsin has died after his tractor overturned and pinned him underneath. The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Department says 73-year-old Ardell M. Schroeder was trimming branches from a tractor at his home near Pleasantville just before 3 p.m. Friday when the tractor overturned.

BARNEVELD, Wis. (AP) - Iowa County authorities say a Barneveld man has died in a farm accident. The sheriff's office says a tractor fell through the upper floor of a barn onto 71-year-old Kenneth Powell around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Powell was pinned underneath the tractor. He died at the scene.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 4-year-girl Milwaukee girl has been injured in an exchange of gunfire, but police say she was fortunate to escape with only a graze. Police say it happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday as the girl was sitting on a porch with relatives. Police say they weren't the intended victims. The girl was grazed by either a bullet fragment or pieces of a concrete pillar that was hit by a bullet. There were no immediate arrests, and the investigation is continuing.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Police say two men have been arrested in the shooting of a 3-year-old boy. Alger Sanchez and Anton Aseves were charged yesterday with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder. They were charged with one count each of aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm. Police say 3-year-old Jason Ares was critically wounded Friday night.

SWANSEA, Ill. (AP) - St. Clair County police say a man has drowned in a pond after what appears to be a wheelchair or scooter accident. Swansea police say a Belleville man drowned yesterday at Centennial Park. They say park visitors discovered the man when they saw part of his body sticking out of the pond. Police say the shore is uneven and it appears the man went into the water accidentally.

CHICAGO (AP) - Traffic headaches loom for some motorists as one of the country's most popular music festivals starts in Chicago in a few days. Sections of some roads in downtown Chicago are already being closed as Lollapalooza organizers set up for the three-day event that starts on Friday. Around 100,000 people are expected to attend each day of the festival in Chicago's lakefront Grant Park.

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) - Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will expand the Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The new law increases the number of commission members from 18 to 22 and makes one of the commission members a student. The commission was created in 2010. It works to increase public awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides.

National News

Israel carries out strikes in Gaza ... UN says Malaysia plane downing may be war crime ... Veterans fix plan to be unveiled

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military says it's carried out three airstrikes on Gaza today, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and infrastructure in the strip. The strikes broke a relative lull in the fighting at the start of a major Muslim holiday. Earlier this morning, the U.N. Security Council ended an emergency meeting, calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

GENEVA (AP) - U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime. The U.N.'s top human rights official is calling for a thorough investigation into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists, killing all 298 people on board.

WASHINGTON (AP) - House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records. The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are expected today to unveil a plan to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care. The deal must be approved by the full House and Senate.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Final arguments are set for today in the Los Angeles trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the LA Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Lawyers for Donald Sterling plan to argue that Shelly Sterling had no right to make the deal with Ballmer, even though her husband had given her written authority to pursue a sale. The attorneys also say she tricked her husband into taking mental exams that found he had signs of the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Jury selection starts today in federal court in Georgia in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a peanut plant five years ago. On trial are former Peanut Company of America owner Stewart Parnell, his brother and food broker, Michael Parnell and the peanut plant's quality control manager, Mary Wilkerson. They're accused of shipping tainted peanuts to industrial food customers and covering up lab tests that showed some batches of nuts tested positive for salmonella.



Miami 4 Houston 2


Toronto 5, N.Y. Yankees 4

Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2

Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 3

Cleveland 10, Kansas City 3

L.A. Angels 2, Detroit 1

Baltimore 3, Seattle 2, 10 innings

Oakland 9, Texas 3


Washington 4, Cincinnati 2

Philadelphia 4, Arizona 2

N.Y. Mets 2, Milwaukee 0

St. Louis 1, Chicago Cubs 0

Pittsburgh 7, Colorado 5

Atlanta 8, San Diego 3

L.A. Dodgers 4, San Francisco 3

Hall inducts 6 greats...Rays streak ends at 9

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Thomas, pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday, and all paid special tribute to their families before an adoring crowd of nearly 50,000.

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays' nine-game win streak is over. David Ortiz's three-run home run, his 25th of the season, helped the Boston Red Sox end their five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rays.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Carlos Santana hit two more home runs, giving him six in six games, and the Cleveland Indians beat Kansas City 10-3. That ends the Royals' winning streak at five.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - It was Jeff Gordon Day at Indianapolis for a record fifth time. Gordon won his fifth victory at the Brickyard 400 exactly 20 years after he won his first Brickyard race. The win moved Gordon into a tie with Michael Schumacher , whose five Formula One victories at Indy had been the gold standard at the famed Brickyard.

PARIS (AP) - Vincenzo Nibali coasted to the Tour de France title Sunday to become the first Sicilian to win cycling's greatest race since Marco Pantani in 1998. Marcel Kittel of Germany won Stage 21 in a sprint with overall winner Nibali finishing 24 seconds later.

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer as the New York Mets split a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win yesterday. Duda sent an 0-2 slider in the sixth from rookie Jimmy Nelson into the second deck above right field to break a scoreless pitcher's duel. It was Duda's third homer in four days in Milwaukee.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Randall Cobb doesn't know if he's next on the Green Bay Packers re-signing to-do list. Cobb is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Among the Packers' other unrestricted free agents-to-be are right tackle Bryan Bulaga, cornerback Tramon Williams and defensive tackle B.J. Raji.

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Chicago Cubs yesterday. The Cardinals won two of the three games at Wrigley Field in the weekend set. The Cubs have not won a home series since taking two of three from the Miami Marlins last month.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-3 yesterday. Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins. All-Star Glen Perkins retired Gordon Beckham on a bases-loaded flyout for his 25th save in 28 chances.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Glory Johnson scored 14 of her 15 points in the second half and had 11 rebounds to help the Tulsa Shock beat the Chicago Sky 79-69 yesterday. Tulsa had just 11 field goals and four assists through the game's first 27 minutes. The Shock made 13 field goals on 11 assists over the game's final 13 minutes. Allie Quigley and Epiphanny Prince each scored 14 points for the Sky.

Beckman At State Baseball

The Dyersville Beckman Catholic baseball team begins their hunt for a threepeat today at the state high school baseball tournament in Des Moines. Today in the Class 2A state quarterfinals, the Blazers who are the number two seed will match up with Hinton this evening at 6 o'clock with the winner to advance to Thursday's semi-final round at Principal Park. Beckman has won back-to-back state tournament titles and will be shooting for the 7th in school history.

Wednesday evening , the Hempstead Mustangs will meet West Des Moines Valley at 6 o'clock in the Class 4A quarterfinals, you can hear that game on AM 1370 KDTH with pregame coverage from Principal Park around 5:45.

IHSBCA All District Selections

Several area players landed spot on the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All District teams announced over the weekend.

On the Class 4A Northeast District squads, Hempstead placed Chris Tomkins, and David Fitzgerald on the first team, joining them was Senior's Austin Clemens. Senior had a trio of 2nd team choices with Sam Noel, David Janes, and Tucker Mai. Hempstead's Mitch Crimmins was also selected.

In Class 3A; Wahlert catcher Matt Hoffmann was selected first team. The Golden Eagles Jake Ogelsby and Nolan Timp along with Tyler Johnson of Western Dubuque were 2nd team all district choices.

In Class 2A; Beckman Catholic's Connor Klostermann and Mitch Steger, Haris Takes of Cascade along with Colin Connelly and Dylan Preston of Clayton Ridge were first team members. Beckman's Zach Lyon, Colton Connelly and Kohle Helle of Clayton Ridge along with Greg Myers and Ben Weber of Cascade were all 2nd team choices.