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Weather Forecast

Forecast for Dubuque and the Tri-State area

Today: Mostly to partly sunny. High 77. Southeast wind 5-15 mph.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Low 60.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with occasional showers and thunderstorms. High 78.

Extended outlook Saturday through Monday: Dy Saturday and Monday, a chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday. High's in the 70's & 80's. Low's in the 50's & 60's.

Mississippi River stage at Dubuque: 11.5-feet & falling

Dubuque and TriState

Alliant Scam

Another apparent scam is circulating in the Dubuque area. Dubuque Police Lieutenant Scott Baxter says his department is receiving complaints about a scam where a person contacts the victim and claims to be with Alliant Energy. Baxter says the scammers seem to be contacting both businesses and private citizens. The scammer tells the victim they have outstanding or unpaid debt with Alliant and will lose services if payment isn't received immediately.Baxter notes that, once payment is made the money is usually gone for good and difficult or impossible to trace or track. To avoid being scammed, Baxter recommends, before making any payment, call Alliant at a number you know for sure is legitimate and verify that there is, or isn't a problem with your account.

Darlington Drug Arrest

A routine traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Southwest Wisconsin resident on several drug-related charges. According to information from Jason King, the Chief of the Darlington Police Department, 23-year old Alejandro Montano, of Darlington was stopped by officers shortly before 11PM Monday night. The department's K-9 unit was called to the scene and the dog alerted to the scent of drugs. Following an investigation Montano was charged with possession of a schedule 4 substance, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Officers also charged him with operating without a valid driver's license and driving left of center. According to Chief King Montano remains in jail.

Apples for Students

One of the largest efforts to collect school supplies is getting underway in the Dubuque Community. The annual "Apples for Students" effort by Saint Mark Youth Enrichment is looking for volunteers and donations to help their efforts succeed. The Development Director for Saint Mark Youth Enrichment, Jessica Pape, says the program has been around for nearly 20 years.Saint Mark officials say every August over 150 volunteers spend more than 400 hours organizing supplies, sorting materials, packing bags and delivering to schools. The students are referred to the program through counselors and social service agencies. Each child that is referred to "Apples for Students" will receive a bag of school supplies.

NATA Training

Members of the North American Trainer's Association, or NATA, are returning to Dubuque this week to fill the skies with historical aircraft. The AT-6 pilots have gathered in Dubuque for the yearly pre-Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture formation practice and qualification. The event is being co-sponsored by the Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dubuque Regional Airport and it's partners. Airport Manager Bob Grierson says starting today, through July 27th, over 45 WWII AT-6 Texans, as well as other WWII era military training aircraft, including P-51 Mustangs will operate from the ramp at the airport. He says although the Formation Clinic is private and the airport ramp will be closed to the public, there is an observation area adjacent to the airport entry way for public viewing.Grierson says for best viewing time, spectators can visit the area between 8 am. and 6 pm. to view some of the flights. NATA is celebrating it's 28th year this year, while the AT-6's are celebrating their 76th anniversary.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A low bridge in Council Bluffs is proving challenging to motorists. Drivers of tall vehicles have hit the train bridge twice this week and at least five times this year. Pat Miller with the Council Bluffs Public Works Department says motorists don't realize their vehicle will not fit under the 8-foot 8-inch bridge.

AKRON, Iowa (AP) - A detention hearing has been scheduled next month for a 44-year-old man held as a material witness in the deaths of an elderly couple. The man has been held since being taken into custody in Wisconsin on July 10th, the day after the bodies of 80-year-old Ester Neunaber and 83-year-old Donald Neunaber were found in their Akron home. Authorities say the man held in Plymouth County Jail is not a suspect.

WESTFIELD, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa man has died after being hit with a hay bale. Seventy-six-year-old Barry Knapp of Westfield died Tuesday while stacking hay bales. The Plymouth County medical examiner ruled the death as an accident.

SOLON, Iowa (AP) - A two-county police chase in eastern Iowa ended in the backyard of a house in Solon. Deputies say two teenagers and three men from Cedar Rapids were taken into custody last night. The five were in a pickup that deputies say matched the description of a truck involved in a Cedar Rapids shooting.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A man has been found shot to death on an East St. Louis street. Assistant Police Chief Ronald Ike says officers arrived on the scene early Wednesday to find the victim's body. Ike says it appears the man died from at least one gunshot wound. Police don't have any suspects or a motive in the case.

ROWE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials say a 7-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle. The Peoria County coroner says Blake Seifers of Rowe died Monday of multiple injuries. Livingston County authorities say Seifers was biking Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a car. The investigation is ongoing.

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago attorney has been confirmed as the United States' ambassador to the Czech Republic. The U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Schapiro as ambassador on Wednesday. Schapiro graduated from high school in suburban Chicago and is currently a partner at an international law firm in downtown Chicago.

NEW YORK (AP) - Chicago-based United Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to resume flights to Israel after a two-day hiatus caused by combat in the Gaza Strip. The airline says it will resume service to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv late Thursday afternoon. Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have said they are still evaluating their plans.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

(Information in the following story is from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj)

FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) - A central Wisconsin man who spent three years in prison for a crime he didn't commit has been compensated by his insurance company. The amount of compensation for Joseph Awe of Friendship has not been disclosed. Awe was convicted of burning down J.J.'s Pub, a bar he owned with his wife in 2006.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - Eastern Wisconsin police are searching for a naked man who Fond du Lac residents say has entered and lurked near their homes. Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says the man entered an unlocked house yesterday, but didn't steal or damage anything. Klein says police are investigating various incidents and advising people to lock their doors.

(Information in the following story is from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com)

AKRON, Iowa (AP) - A detention hearing has been scheduled next month in Iowa for a 44-year-old man held as a material witness in the deaths of an elderly couple. The man has been held since being taken into custody in Wisconsin on July 10th, the day after the bodies of 80-year-old Ester Neunaber and 83-year-old Donald Neunaber were found in their Akron, Iowa, home. Authorities say the man held in Plymouth County Jail is not a suspect.

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) - International competition is set to begin in Hayward where the best lumberjacks are gathering. The U.S. Lumberjack World Championships get underway today with log rolling, pole climbing and chopping events. More than 12,000 spectators are expected to watch the events.

National News

No safety in Gaza...France: Missing plane 'probably crashed'...Possible tornado in Virginia

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - They were trying to find shelter from the fierce clashes between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip -- but at least 15 people have died when Israeli tank shells hit a compound containing a U.N. school in northern Gaza. It happened during a day of heavy fighting throughout the territory, as Israel pressed ahead with its operation to stop rocket fire from Gaza and destroy a sophisticated network of tunnels. The attack left pools of blood in the school courtyard, amid scattered books and belongings.

PARIS (AP) - France's foreign minister says a plane that disappeared while on a flight in northwestern Africa today "probably crashed." The plane was headed from Burkina Faso to Algeria when it dropped off radar. It was carrying 116 people. The crew had radioed about heavy rain in the area.

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Virginia emergency management officials say numerous injuries are being reported following a possible tornado at a campground at Virginia's Eastern Shore. They're not confirming reports of possible fatalities. The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for the area until 9 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities say a mother and daughter have died of injuries they suffered when a food truck exploded in Philadelphia earlier this month. The city medical examiner's office confirms that 17-year-old Jaylin Galdanez died Tuesday and Olga Galdanez died Sunday. The mother owned the truck. A spokesman says both deaths were due to the aftereffects of burns from the July 1 explosion. Eleven other people were taken to hospitals, three in critical condition, after the explosion, which investigators said they believed was caused by a propane tank leak ignited by cooking grills.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. That's the indication from Commerce Department numbers today, showing that sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June. Sales fell 8.1 percent. Home sales had been improving through the middle of 2013, only to stumble over the past 12 months due to a mix of rising prices, higher interest rates and meager wage growth.

Sports

Hempstead To State

The Hempstead Mustangs have advanced to the state high school baseball tournament for the 13th time in school history. Last night in the Class 4A Substate Final at Petrakis Park, the Mustangs defeated Clinton 4-1 to advance. Hempstead now 36-and-5 on the season drew the number two seed in the tournament and will play 7th seed West Des Moines Valley with a record of 24-and-16 on Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock at Principal Park in Des Moines. The winner moves to the semi-finals a week from Friday on August 1st taking on either 3rd seed Cedar Rapids Kennedy or 6th seed Southeast Polk. The top seed is Waukee with a record of 35-and-4.

Bellevue Marquette Catholic Places 7th

The Bellevue Marquette Catholic softball team is returning home following a 7th place finish at the state high school softball tournament in Fort Dodge. Yesterday in the consolation round, the 11th Mohawks were nipped by 2nd ranked Lynnville-Sully 3-2. In the 7th place game, Marquette Catholic's offense exploded to defeat Glidden Ralston 13-0. Marquette Catholic finished the year with a record of 35-and-8.

INTERLEAGUE

Final Detroit 11 Arizona 5

Final N-Y Mets 3 Seattle 2

Final Tampa Bay 3 St. Louis 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Minnesota 3 Cleveland 1

Final Kansas City 2 Chi White Sox 1

Final N-Y Yankees 2 Texas 1, 4 1/2 Innings

Final Toronto 6 Boston 4

Final L.A. Angels 3 Baltimore 2

Final Oakland 9 Houston 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Milwaukee 5 Cincinnati 1

Final Colorado 6 Washington 4

Final Pittsburgh 6 L.A. Dodgers 1

Final San Francisco 3 Philadelphia 1

Final Atlanta 6 Miami 1

Final San Diego 8 Chi Cubs 3

Matinee baseball is on tap today...Stage 18 in Tour de France...Near perfection

UNDATED (AP) - The two Western Division-leading teams in baseball are in action this afternoon. Oakland's Athletics have the best record in baseball at 62-38 and they are home to the Astros, while San Francisco, the leader of the NL West, is in Philadelphia facing the Phillies.

UNDATED (AP) - The end of the Tour de France is in sight. The three-week competition comes to an end this Sunday when the racers arrive in Paris. On tap today is the 18th stage of the event with Italy's Vincenzo Nibali still wearing the yellow jersey, symbolic of being the overall leader.

UNDATED (AP) - The weekend golf action starts today with all three major tours in action. For the PGA it's the Canadian Open in Montreal with newly crowned British Open champ Rory McIlroy skipping the event. For the women it's a team competition in Maryland while for the seniors it's the British Senior Open in Wales.

SEATTLE (AP) - Bartolo Colon, who was 41 the last time anybody checked, lost a bid for a perfect game in the seventh inning in the Mets 3-2 win over the Mariners. Colon set down the first 20 batters he faced before Robinson Cano singled in the seventh.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Closing arguments in the case of Sterling vs. Sterling and who has the right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers will take place Monday. Testimony came to an end yesterday when attorneys for Donald Sterling failed to call his wife, Shelly Sterling, to the stand.

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) - Mark Reynolds homered twice to help the Milwaukee Brewers swept the three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 win yesterday. Kyle Lohse pitched 6 2-3 strong innings to hand the Reds their sixth straight loss since the All-Star break. Lohse walked two, struck out three and allowed four hits.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Aramis Ramirez has played his 2,000th major league game right back where it all started. Ramirez made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1998 at old Milwaukee County Stadium at age 19. The Brewers third baseman became the 14th active player to reach 2,000 games when he started at home against the Reds.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) - The Pettit National Ice Center will continue to be an official U.S. Olympic training site. The Pettit Center, the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Speedskating have renewed their agreement designating the Milwaukee-area center as a U.S. Olympic training site. The Pettit Center is host to training for high potential speedskaters and national competitions for U.S. Speedskating.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Anthony Swarzak pitched five sharp innings in a fill-in start as the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 yesterday. Danny Santana scored after two of his three hits for the Twins. Glen Perkins finished up in the ninth for his 24th save in 27 tries.

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Tommy Medica hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth inning as the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 last night. Medica finished with three hits and drove in two runs for the Padres. Luis Valbuena hit a three-homer for the Cubs.

CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 yesterday. Moustakas triggered the decisive rally with a lead-off single off Zach Putnam. Wade Davis pitched a scoreless inning. Greg Holland retired the side in order in the ninth inning for his 26th save.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Alex Cobb struck out 10 and drove in a run with his first major league hit to lead Tampa Bay to a 3-0 victory over St. Louis last night. Cobb blanked the Cardinals on five hits over seven innings. It was the fourth time he has thrown at least seven innings without an earned run this season. Cobb missed 50 games last season with a concussion.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Yannick Djalo scored a goal and added three assists to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Fire last night. San Jose ended a five-game winless streak. Chicago had allowed just three goals in four games. Chicago's Grant Ward fired a shot off of Matt Watson's pass in the 75th minute for Chicago's only goal.

THURSDAY SCHEDULE

MJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Boston at Toronto, 11:37 a.m.

San Francisco at Philadelphia, 12:05 p.m.

Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 12:05 p.m.

Houston at Oakland, 2:35 p.m.

Miami at Atlanta, 6:10 p.m.

San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland at Kansas City, 7:10 p.m.

Detroit at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m.

Baltimore at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.