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Weather Forecast

FORECAST FOR DUBUQUE AND THE TRI-STATES, WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015

TODAY: PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH 75. NORTHEAST WIND 5-10 MPH.

TONIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 53.

TOMORROW: MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH 76.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY:

DRY. HIGH'S IN THE 70'S. LOW'S IN THE 50'S & 60'S.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER STAGE AT DUBUQUE: 10-FEET & RISING

Dubuque and TriState

New Mercy President

The Mercy Medical Center Board of Directors has named a replacement for retiring President and CEO Russell Knight. Kay Takes, who is currently the Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer will begin her new duties on October 2nd. Takes has been at Mercy since 1998. She was an administrative director at Tri-State Occupational Health prior to coming to Mercy. In March, Knight announced that he would be retiring in October. Knight has been the President and CEO at Mercy since 1997.

4th Of July Travel

The number of people travelling this 4th of July weekend is expected to hit an eight-year high. Triple-A expects 41.9 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles this weekend. That would be the highest number since 2007. Triple-A spokesperson Gail Weinholzer says on top of that, gas prices are the lowest they've been since 2010. Weinholzer says the lower gas prices are the big reason why so many people are traveling this holiday weekend. U.S. gas prices have averaged 2-dollars-45 cents per gallon this year, which is the cheapest average for the first six months of a year since 2009. In the Tri-State Area, the average price for a gallon of self-serve unleaded is 2-dollars-77 cents. Lower prices have helped Americans save about 65 billion dollars on gas so far this year, compared to the first six months of 2014. That comes out to an average of about 530 dollars per household.

Mississippi River Closure

Officials at Lock and Dam 11 in Dubuque have gotten word from the U.S. Coast Guard about when the Lock and Dam and the Mississippi River will be closed ahead of the Radio Dubuque/Dubuque JayCees Airshow and Fireworks Display on Friday. Jim Piper, Lock Master at Lock and Dam 11, says the closures of the river and the lock and dam will take effect at 6:00 PM and last until 10:30. Piper encourages everyone to have a good time and to be safe. An estimated 250-thousand people will view this year's airshow and fireworks on the Mississippi River.

Grassley on Gay Marriage Ruling

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states. In making the ruling, the high court said that marriage for all is a constitutional right. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley says in our society, everyone deserves to be treated with respect, but the sanctity of traditional marriage should be preserved. Grassley says states should have the right to decide if they are in favor of gay and lesbian marriages. The Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage was made on a 5-to-4 vote. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the minority opinion on the ruling, while Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.

100+ Men Group

A newly-formed group is aiming to get more of Dubuque's men involved in community service organizations. Resources Unite recently launched the 100 Plus Men Who Care group on Facebook. Founder Joe Leibfried says the group is modeled after a similar one based in the Iowa City area. According to Leibfried, the group would only meet a handful of times per year, but would try to raise at least 10-thousand dollars for an area non-profit each time. Leibfried says the recipients of the money the group raises would be based on suggestions from group members. Leibfried says that in the week since the group was announced, they've heard from many men interested in joining. For more information on the group, you can find them on Facebook or through a link on the Resources Unite website.

Regional News

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press:

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A disaster proclamation has been issued for 18 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. The proclamation allows the state to help residents impacted by a tornado that hit parts of Wapello County on June 20. The proclamation also helps residents affected by other severe weather and flooding in Iowa in late June.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A tip from the public on the potential whereabouts of a longtime Iowa fugitive has led to his arrest in Mexico. The U.S. Marshals Service says authorities in Mexico arrested Mitchell Meyer on Monday. Authorities say Meyer was facing two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in 1999 when he was scheduled to appear for trial in Sioux City. He was released on bond but never appeared.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed the deputy director of the Iowa Department of Education to lead the agency. Branstad announced that he had appointed Ryan Wise as director of the department, replacing Brad Buck who is becoming superintendent of the Cedar Rapids schools. Wise, who will begin his new job Wednesday, has been the agency's deputy director since September 2013. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Iowa Senate.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced Tony Wasmund to four years of probation Tuesday after the government said he provided "substantial assistance" in the salmonella case. Bennett imposed no restitution or fine on Wasmund, of Willmar, Minnesota.

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker will greet President Barack Obama when he comes to La Crosse on Thursday to talk about the economy. Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick says Walker would meet the president. The visit comes at an awkward time for Walker, as he prepares to launch an expected run for the White House in a couple weeks. Obama is coming to tout his newly released proposal to raise salaries for low-income workers.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget. Leaders of the Senate and Assembly plan to hold a news conference on Wednesday morning to announce terms of the agreement. The deal was reached on the last day of the fiscal year. Republican senators met in a private caucus for five hours Tuesday to discuss the three main outstanding issues in the budget. Those are roads funding, a financing plan for a $500 million Milwaukee Bucks stadium and the prevailing wage.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources says it will require a full environmental impact study of a proposed hog "megafarm" in northern Wisconsin. The operation would house about 7,500 sows, 18,750 pigs and 100 boars in three barns in Bayfield County. Environmentalists are concerned that the farm would create odor and water pollution problems. Some residents worry that millions of gallons of pig manure will eventually wash off the land and pollute Lake Superior.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin Supreme Court justice has withdrawn his unusual request asking his colleagues to reconsider their decision not to hear an appeal of a felony conviction from a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive. Justice Michael Gableman Gableman writes in the letter that because Rindfleisch has a request pending before the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, "that is a better course of action at this time." Rindfleisch was one of six people convicted in a so-called John Doe probe into Walker's former aides and associates while he was the Milwaukee County executive.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools says approximately 1,400 jobs will be "impacted" after the district had to borrow money to make a $634 million pension payment. Jesse Ruiz says the district must make $200 million in cuts. He blamed Illinois lawmakers he said failed to address CPS' financial crisis.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Senate President John Cullerton is proposing legislation to freeze property taxes for two years and overhaul the way Illinois funds schools. The measure would require the state to make the employer contribution for Chicago Public Schools' teacher pensions. Chicago taxpayers currently cover those costs.

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - The Will County coroner's office has identified two men found dead in a suburban Chicago home. Authorities say Adam C. Bochmann and Brett N. Kaurin were found dead early Monday in a house in Plainfield. The coroner's office says toxicological testing on the bodies will be conducted before the cause and manner of death of the men is announced.

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Officials of a suburban Chicago zoo say the birth of a litter of Mexican gray wolves marks a major milestone in the conservation of an endangered species. The two pups were born in May. The animals will have minimal contact with humans because they're candidates for future release to the wild when they are adults.

National News

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece now appears to be giving in to demands from its creditors. It's offering concessions, in a desperate attempt to get more aid -- hours after its bailout program expired. But European officials are ruling out any deal before Sunday's referendum in Greece, on whether to accept budget cuts in exchange for European loans. Greece's creditors have fiercely opposed the vote. And there are now questions about whether Greece's prime minister will go ahead with it.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States and Cuba have taken another big step toward normalizing relations. After more than a half-century of hostilities, the two countries have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement today and the U.S. Embassy in Havana is scheduled to open later this month.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A big change in church law is under consideration today by Episcopalians. Participants at the Episcopal Church national assembly convention in Salt Lake City are set to vote on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples. The proposal would eliminate gender-specific language from church laws on marriage. Clergy could decline to perform the ceremonies.

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) - The death toll climbed to more than 140 today as word came out of Indonesia that an air force transport plane that crashed carried more passengers than the military previously reported. Recovery efforts continue at the crash site, where the plane hit a neighborhood shortly after takeoff. So far, officials say 141 bodies have been recovered, and that the plane carried 122 people.

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's three major car makers are going all in on hydrogen. Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society." Fuel cell vehicles emit no pollution. They run on the power created when hydrogen stored as fuel combines with oxygen in the air to make water. The automakers pledged up to 11 million yen ($90,000) per station per year, to build and maintain hydrogen fueling facilities.

Sports

INTERLEAGUE

Final Pittsburgh 5 Detroit 4, 14 Innings

Final Minnesota 8 Cincinnati 5

Final Chi White Sox 2 St. Louis 1, 11 Innings

Final Colorado 2 Oakland 1

Final Seattle 5 San Diego 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Texas 8 Baltimore 6

Final Boston 4 Toronto 3

Final Cleveland 6 Tampa Bay 2

Final Houston 4 Kansas City 0

Final L.A. Angels 2 N-Y Yankees 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final Milwaukee 4 Philadelphia 3

Final Chi Cubs 1 N-Y Mets 0

Final Miami 5 San Francisco 3

Final Washington 6 Atlanta 1

Final L.A. Dodgers 6 Arizona 4, 10 Innings

Team USA in Women's World Cup final...Sale continues strikeout binge

MONTREAL (AP)- Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and assisted on Kelley O'Hara's first international goal as Hope Solo recorded her fifth straight shutout in Team USA's 2-0 victory over Germany in the semifinal in Montreal. That sends the Americans to Sunday's Women's World Cup championship against the winner of Wednesday's Japan-England semifinal.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has struck out at least 10 for the eighth straight game, matching the best run in major league history. Sale struck out 12 in eight innings of the White Sox' 2-1 victory in 11 innings at St. Louis. Pedro Martinez also struck out 10 in eight straight starts in 1999 for the Boston Red Sox.

BALTIMORE (AP)- Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland hit two home runs for the second straight night and the Rangers celebrated the return of Josh Hamilton by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 8-6. Hamilton hit two singles and made a nice running catch of a sinking liner to left field in his eighth game of the season after missing a month with a strained hamstring.

NEW YORK (AP) - Phil Knight, a middle-distance runner who partnered with his track coach at Oregon to launch a footwear and apparel company that made the Nike swoosh one of the most recognizable logos in the world, is stepping down as company chairman. The 77-year-old Knight said he wants Nike President and CEO Mark Parker, who has held those positions since 2006, to succeed him.

LONDON (AP) - Second-seed Petra Kvitova , defending women's champion has won her first match of the year at Wimbledon, with a straight sets victory. Former men's champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal all advanced with straight sets wins as well.

Here is the latest Wisconsin sports news from The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Aramis Ramirez drove in three runs and Ryan Braun had four hits to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Tuesday night. Hernan Perez tripled and had a pair of hits for the Brewers. Philadelphia has lost five of six to drop its major league-worst record to 27-52.

UNDATED (AP) - Jared Dudley has decided to return to the Milwaukee Bucks for the final year of his contract. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the veteran forward exercised his player option for $4.25 million on Tuesday. Dudley had until the end of the day on Tuesday to exercise his option or become a free agent.

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Kyle Hendricks outpitched Jonathon Niese in a matchup of feeble offenses as the Chicago Cubs snapped a five-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the New York Mets. Hendricks pitched three-hit ball for six innings and combined with three relievers to bail out the Cubs. Chicago scored just six runs during their losing streak.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Chicago White Sox outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings Tuesday night on a home run by Tyler Flowers. Chris Sale matched a major league record by striking out at least 10 in eight straight starts. Sale struck out 12 in eight innings Tuesday. The lefty tied the mark set by Pedro Martinez in 1999 with Boston.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a seven-player deal. Saad set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games this past season. The Blackhawks also sent forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 draft.

GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) - Tina Charles had a season-high 26 points to lead the New York Liberty to an 89-81 win over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night. Three-time WNBA Player of the Week Elena Delle Donne finished with 26 but was only 8 of 20 from the field. She went 10 of 10 from the line.

High School Baseball

Wahlert 1, Senior 0

Hempstead dropped two against Davenport Central 6-4 and 5-4

#4 Class 3A West Delaware swept #3 Class 2A Dyersville Beckman 8-3 and 7-3

#1 Class 2A Cascade 10, Clinton 3

Clayton Ridge took two from MFL MAR MAC 10-0 and 12-5

High School Softball

Senior took both games from Wahlert 5-0 and 8-1.

Hempstead fell twice to Cedar Rapids Prairie 10-0 and 5-3

Western Dubuque 7, Alburnett 5

#7 Bellevue Marquette Catholic sweeps Maquoketa Valley 5-3 and 7-0

West Delaware took both games from Dyersville Beckman 4-3 and 7-1.