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City County Budget Cuts

In response to the coronavirus’ effect on the local economy, the Dubuque City Council Monday night unanimously voted to cut nearly 12.3 million dollars for the 2020 fiscal year, which ends June 30th. The budget amendment reflects savings of completed or canceled projects to help with the financial impact of COVID-19, which is unknown and unprecedented, according to Jennifer Larson, Director of Finance and Budget. Among the cuts approved, airport apron paving, ambulance and fire truck replacement, Port of Dubuque parking lot, Excursion Boat dock, and street camera installation. Larson says capital projects are also included in the cuts. Larson says this is just the first phase of the budget cutting process. In other business, the council approved receiving and filing Request for Proposals for shelter staffing assistance for the COVID-19 City Isolation Shelter. The potential budget impact for these contract services is up to $50,000, which would be paid through Community Development Block Grant Funds.



Iowa COVID-19 Monday

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 528 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, including 11 additional cases in Dubuque County.  An additional Dubuque County resident with COVID-19, an older adult, has passed away. Iowa now has a total of 9,169 positive cases and Dubuque County has 136. Nine additional deaths were reported Sunday for Iowa, bringing the state total to 184. 1,414 Dubuque County residents have been tested to date, with 1,278 of those test results being negative for a 9.6% positive test rate.

AP Sports

Update on the latest sports

UNDATED (AP) — The US women’s soccer team has suffered a partial loss in court.
A federal court judge in California has dismissed the team’s claim of unequal pay in a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation. However, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has ruled that claims of unequal travel and medical staff can go to trial.
Players claim they have not been paid equally under their collective bargaining agreement to what the men’s national team receives under its labor deal. The women’s team filed suit in March 2019, asking for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Klausner left intact claims the USSF discriminated in its use of charter flights, hotel accommodations, medical support services and training support services. Players intend to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Klausner’s decision, a move that could delay the trial into 2021 or later.
A trial is scheduled for June 16 in federal court in Los Angeles.

UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball and its umpires have worked out a salary restructure in a deal that could put instant replay on hold this season. Two people familiar with the agreement tell the Associated Press that the agreement includes a 50% cut in May and nothing more this year if no games are played. The deal covers a pay structure during a coronavirus pandemic that has delayed the start of the season. Umps generally make between $150,000 and $450,000. They already have been paid from January through April. If even one regular-season game is played this season, the umps are guaranteed about one-third of their salaries. As part of the deal, MLB has the right not to use instant replays of umpires’ decisions during the 2020 season. Most calls have been subject to video review since 2014, but MLB is considering playing regular-season games at spring training ballparks that are not wired for replay.

— The NBA has announced the postponement of its upcoming draft lottery and draft combine amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Both events were scheduled to take place in Chicago this month. The NBA said it will provide more information on each event at a later date as the league continues to monitor the pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials.

— The Oakland Athletics say former minor leaguer Miguel Marte died this week of complications from COVID-19. Marte was 30. The Dominican-born first baseman, catcher and right fielder played in the Oakland farm system from 2008-12, going as far as Class A.

— Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller says he has tested negative for the coronavirus, two weeks after he said he had tested positive for COVID-19. The Super Bowl 50 MVP is an asthmatic and was under the care of team doctors and quarantined at his Denver area home over the last two weeks.

— Indianapolis Motor Speedway could host the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced a five-stage plan to reopen the state with the final phase tentatively scheduled to include a return to sporting venues on July 4. That’s the very day an IndyCar-NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader is scheduled to be run on the sprawling track.

— Major League Soccer is allowing players to return to outdoor team training fields for voluntary individual workouts starting next Wednesday. MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. The league-wide moratorium on group and team training remains in effect through May 15. MLS says individual workouts must follow certain detailed health and safety protocols.

— Three people at German soccer club Cologne have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest blow to the league’s hopes of resuming games this month. Cologne didn’t name the people who tested positive and didn’t say whether they were players. Tests have been carried out this week on players, coaches and other staff at various clubs ahead of a planned return to full team training, then to competition.

— Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque (zhorj luh-RAHK’) has tested positive for COVID-19. Laraque played 12 NHL seasons, including eight with the Edmonton Oilers and two with the Montreal Canadiens. He also suited up for the Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins.

— The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for late August in Switzerland has been canceled. Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August. However, organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions.


UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has switched its mid-May owners meeting to remote video conferencing because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league previously canceled its annual meeting in March in Florida, where owners would have voted on potential rules changes. Those votes were expected to occur at the California meeting in two weeks. Among the rules to be discussed is allowing pass interference to be part of the video review system. That rule was adopted for one year and has gotten poor reviews from coaches and players. The NFL continues to plan for a preseason and regular season as scheduled.

— The Jaguars have declined to pick up the fifth-year option in running back Leonard Fournette’s rookie contract. The decision was not surprising after the team tried to deal Fournette over the last month. The former LSU star is coming off a career year. He topped 1,600 yards from scrimmage in 15 games last season, carrying 265 times for 1,152 yards and catching 76 passes for 522 yards.

— The Bears have signed veteran safety Tashaun Gipson to a one-year contract, three days after he was released by Houston. Gipson has intercepted 23 passes and returned three for touchdowns over eight seasons with Cleveland, Jacksonville and Houston. The 29-year-old Gipson had 55 tackles and three interceptions in his lone season with the Texans, starting 14 games before landing on injured reserve because of a back injury.

— Backup quarterback Nick Mullens has signed his exclusive rights tender with the 49ers. He was tendered a one-year deal in March. Mullens showed promise in place of injured QB Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018 and is eligible to become a restricted free agent next offseason.

— The Packers have signed well-traveled defensive lineman Treyvon Hester, who is joining his fourth team in as many seasons since being taking in the 2017 draft. Green Bay’s only draft addition on the defensive line last week was the seventh-round selection of Miami end Jonathan Garvin.

— The Dolphins have traded former first-round draft pick Charles Harris to the Falcons for a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft. Harris was the 22nd player taken in the 2017 draft before recording just 3 ½ sacks for Miami, including a half-sack last year.

— A person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press the Broncos have declined the fifth-year contract option on left tackle Garett Bolles. A fifth-year option for Bolles would have been worth about $11 million, guaranteed against injury. He has logged 46 holding penalties in 48 NFL games to earn the wrath of Denver fans.

Indians reliever Clase suspended 80 games for PED violation
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug. Clase was acquired from the Texas Rangers this winter in Cleveland’s trade of two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. The hard-throwing right-hander was expected to have a major role at the back end of the Indians’ bullpen this season. Clase was 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA in 21 games after making his debut with the Rangers in August.


NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners are about to hammer out details for the upcoming amateur draft.
A person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated Press owners will discuss a length for the draft next week and are likely to start the selections on the original date of June 10. Teams and the players’ association agreed March 26 to a deal that allowed MLB to cut the draft from 40 rounds to as few as five this year and 20 next year. The reduction is part of a plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that delayed the start of the season and slashed revenue. As part of the agreement, the sides agreed to leave the assigned slot values of draft signing bonuses at the same level in 2020 and 2021 as they were last year.
That left the total of slot values for a 10-round draft this year at $265.5 million, including $29.6 million for rounds six through 10.


CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have introduced new general manager Marc Eversley at a news conference Friday.
Eversley agreed to take the job earlier in the week. He succeeds the fired Gar Forman and will work under new top executive Arturas Karnisovas. Eversley spent four years in Philadelphia’s front office — the past two as the 76ers’ senior vice president of player personnel. The Canadian-born Eversley becomes the Bulls’ first black general manager.


UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina State signee Josh Hall is staying in the NBA draft, announcing that he has hired an agent.
Hall played at Moravian Prep in North Carolina for his senior season as well as an additional year of prep school. Prep players are eligible for the draft if they’re at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and at least one NBA season has passed since their graduating class from high school. Hall is a top-25 recruit for Rivals and a top-35 pick for 247sports.

In other college basketball news:
— Former tournament champion Notre Dame and Oregon headline the 2021 Maui Invitational field. The bracket was announced Friday and includes Butler, Houston, Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin, Texas A&M and host Chaminade. North Carolina, Indiana and Texas headline the 2020 Maui Invitational, scheduled for Nov. 23-25.

American sprinter Deajah Stevens suspended in doping case
MONACO (AP) — American sprinter Deajah Stevens has been provisionally suspended for repeatedly being unavailable for doping tests.The Athletics Integrity Unit said Stevens amassed three whereabouts violations in a year. The AIU said similar suspensions were imposed on American sprinter Gabrielle Thomas and Kenyan distance runner Alex Korio Oliotiptip. It didn’t specify when or where the violations occurred. Athletes are required to provide regular updates on their whereabouts to make it possible for anti-doping authorities to carry out surprise testing outside of competition.

National News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seniors are at greater risk from COVID-19, and they now face added anxiety due to delays obtaining Medicare coverage. Advocates for older people say the main problem involves certain applications for Medicare’s “Part B” coverage for outpatient care. The delays stem from the closure of local Social Security offices to protect workers and the public in the pandemic. Eligibility determinations for Medicare are handled by Social Security. But Part B coverage requires added documentation. Social Security says it has set up a dedicated fax number for the forms. One of the reasons Part B is important is that it pays for coronavirus tests.


BEIJING (AP) — China is taking another step toward returning to business as normal by scheduling its most important political meeting of the year in late May. The National People’s Congress was supposed to convene in March but was called off as the coronavirus sickened thousands of people, filling hospitals and disrupting daily life in the country where the pandemic began. The congress meeting will start on May 22, and an advisory body will convene a day earlier. It isn’t immediately clear whether the 3,000 or so delegates will come to Beijing as usual or if the meeting will be held through videoconferencing.


Hillary Clinton has endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. Her backing on Tuesday continues Democrats’ unification efforts ahead of a fall campaign against President Donald Trump. Clinton announced her support in a virtual town hall with Biden on Tuesday. As the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Clinton made history by becoming the first woman to lead a major party’s ticket. Clinton and Biden both ran for the Democratic nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama, who ended up tapping Biden as his vice president and Clinton as his secretary of state.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden has won Ohio’s presidential primary. Tuesday’s contest was less about the Democratic nomination and more about how states can conduct elections in the era of the coronavirus. The primary was originally scheduled for March 17, but Republican Gov. Mike DeWine cited a “health emergency” and recommended that in-person balloting not be held until June 2. Amid legal challenges, officials pushed balloting to this week while converting to a mail-in process since the state remains under a stay-at-home order. The result was never in doubt after Biden’s last rival, Bernie Sanders, dropped out of the race earlier this month.

City Council 2021 Budget

The Dubuque City Council adopted the City’s fiscal year 2021 annual budget Thursday night. City Manager Mike Van Millgan said the average homeowner will see just over a dollar decrease in their property taxes. The first budget draft called for a 1-percent increase in the property tax rate but At-Large councilman Ric Jones says the coronavirus changed everything. Jones says the budget is flexible enough to allow the city options down the road when it comes to the hiring freeze. The coronavirus pandemic is estimated to cause a shortfall of 16.3 million dollars in the city’s revenue for the next two fiscal years.



KCRG Weather Forecast 4/11/2020

Day: Rain becomes likely. Wind: SSE 10-20.

Night: Rain likely with a few rumbles of thunder possible. Wind: ENE 5-15

High of 56 and Low of 40.

KCRG Weather Forecast

Day: Showers and storms likely. Some could be strong to severe. Turning windy. Wind: SE 15-25 with gusts to 35.

Night: Chance of showers. Windy. Wind: SW 15-30 with gusts to 45.

High of 59, low of 40.

UNI’s Jacobson MVC Coach of the Year

ST. LOUIS – UNI Head Coach Ben Jacobson has been named Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Jacobson is now in his 14th season at the helm of UNI.  It marks the fourth time that Jacobson has been honored as the league’s top coach, tying Maury John of Drake as the only two in league history to win the award four times.

The Panthers claimed their third regular season title under Jacobson this season and have claimed the top seed in Arch Madness for the first time since 2010.  UNI plays Drake at noon today in the MVC Tournament at the Scott Trade Center.

City Offices Holiday Closings

City of Dubuque offices will be closed on Monday, January 20th, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  This includes City Hall and other City offices and facilities. January’s second City Council meeting will be held on January 21st at 6 pm rather than Monday. There will be no refuse and recycling collection on the holiday. Instead, these collections will be made on the previous Saturday, January 18th. However, the Dubuque Metropolitan Landfill will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Jule’s fixed route buses, mini-buses, and downtown Park & Ride shuttle will operate their normal Monday schedules and routes but the Dubuque Intermodal Transportation Center will be closed.

AP Sports

AP Update on the latest sports

Badgers upset Buckeyes in Wisconsin
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State has become the second top-5 men’s basketball team in as many days to lose. The fifth-ranked Buckeyes absorbed a 61-57 loss to Wisconsin at Columbus, one day after No. 4 Oregon was beaten at Colorado. Nate Reuvers (REE’-vurz) scored 17 points, including a jumper that put the Badgers ahead, 52-51 with 1:54 remaining. Reuvers and D’Mitrik Trice hit late free throws to seal Wisconsin’s fourth straight victory. The Buckeyes dropped their second in a row despite Kaleb Wesson, who had 22 points and 13 rebounds.


UNDATED (AP) — North Carolina freshman Anthony Harris will have surgery next week for a torn ACL in his right knee suffered in Monday’s win against Yale. The injury comes a little more than a year after he tore his left ACL, causing him to miss the rest of his senior season of high school along with his first eight games at UNC in a long recovery. Harris had appeared in five games with the Tar Heels, averaging 7.5 points in the last four.

— Michigan coach Juwan Howard says he’s not sure forward Isaiah Livers will play Sunday against Michigan State because of a left groin injury that caused him to miss the Wolverines’ last game. Livers has been at practice, but Howard referred to the player’s status as day to day and didn’t elaborate much on what the sharp-shooting junior has been able to do. Livers is averaging 13.6 points per game and shooting 50% from 3-point range.

— Villanova’s Jay Wright has been named The Associated Press men’s basketball coach of the decade after leading the Wildcats to two national titles in the 2010s. Wright also helped shape the way college basketball is played with the advent of position-less basketball. Wright received 16 of 24 votes from a panel of AP poll voters. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) was second with five votes


UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Rockets looked like champions in more ways than one on Friday. Donning uniform designs from their 1990s title teams, the Rockets got big performances from James Harden and Clint Capela in a 118-108 win over the 76ers. Harden delivered 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists while sporting a white headband and cornrows. Capela finished a point shy of his career high for points, dropping in a season-best 30 to go with 14 rebounds. Harden knocked down a deep step-back 3-pointer over Josh Richardson with 1:17 left in the game that put Houston up 10. On the next possession, he found Capela with an alley-oop for a thunderous dunk that clinched the victory. Ben Simmons led Philadelphia with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists and four blocks, which matched a career-high. Tobias Harris scored 24 points for the Sixers, who have dropped four straight for the first time since a five-game slide in December 2017.

— The Lakers picked up a 123-113 win over the Pelicans behind Anthony Davis, who poured in 46 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Danny Green furnished 25 points and LeBron James added 17 points, 15 boards and eight assists as Los Angeles improved to 28-7. Lonzo Ball paced New Orleans with 23 points against his ex-teammates.

— The Celtics stormed back from an 18-point, first-quarter deficit to beat the Hawks, 109-106. Jaylen Brown had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the NBA’s Atlantic Division leaders, who are 24-8 overall and 2 ½ games ahead of the second-place Raptors. Marcus Smart started in place of the flu-ridden Kemba Walker and delivered 15 points, nine assists and a 3-pointer that gave Boston a four-point lead with 43 seconds left.

— Terrence Ross scored 25 points and the Magic outscored the Heat 21-6 in the fourth quarter of a 105-85 thumping of Miami. Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 11 rebounds to help Orlando improve to 11-7 at home. Jimmy Butler had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat, who shot just 3-for-19 in the final period.

— Damian Lillard poured in 35 points and CJ McCollum added 24 as the Trail Blazers hammered the Wizards, 122-103. Hassan Whiteside contributed 23 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks in Portland’s first victory in six games. Jordan McRae scored a season-high 35 points for the Wizards, who were short-handed even before losing Isaiah Thomas to a first-quarter ejection.

— The Suns pulled out a 120-112 win over the Knicks as Devin Booker scored 38 points and Kelly Oubre (OO’-bray) Jr. added 29. Aron Baynes added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix, which trailed by 10 at halftime before winning for the third time in four games.


UNDATED (AP) — The best defensive lineman in college football this season will be available in the upcoming NFL draft. Ohio State sack specialist Chase Young says he’s leaving school one year early to enter the April draft. The Heisman Trophy finalist led the nation in sacks with a school-record 16.5, reaching that number despite being benched for two games because he violated NCAA rules by accepting a personal loan.
Young was a unanimous All-American selection and a rare defensive player to be selected a Heisman finalist.

— Georgia running back DÁndre Swift is leaving school a year early to enter the upcoming NFL draft after leading the Bulldogs in rushing the last two seasons. The decision was expected after he led the Bulldogs with 1,218 yards rushing this season. It was his second straight season with more than 1,000 yards. He is expected to be one of the top running backs in the draft despite a left shoulder injury that limited him in the postseason.

— Washington running back Salvon Ahmed is leaving school and entering the NFL draft following a junior season during which he led the Huskies with 1,020 yards rushing while scoring 11 touchdowns. Ahmed played in 39 games overall and finished with 2,016 yards on the ground and 21 touchdowns.

— Michigan center Cesar Ruiz says he’s forgoing his senior season and entering the NFL draft. Ruiz was named to the watch list for the 2019 Rimington Trophy and Outland Trophy.

— Mississippi State has fired football coach Joe Moorhead after just two seasons and a 14-12 record. Moorhead was hired after the 2017 season when Dan Mullen left Mississippi State for Florida. The Bulldogs finished a disappointing 8-5 in 2018 and come off a 6-7 campaign.

— Nathan Rourke accounted for 241 yards of offense and ran for a touchdown to help Ohio beat Nevada 30-21 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. De’Montre Tuggle rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown to spark a ground attack that finished with 285 yards on 50 carries spread among five players. Tuggle received the bulk of the workload after the Bobcats lost leading rusher O’Shaan Allison late in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury. The 7-6 Bobcats rebounded from a 1-3 start for its fifth straight winning season under coach Frank Solich. The 75-year-old former Nebraska coach received a two-year contract extension this week.


UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will be short-handed in the secondary for Sunday’s playoff game at New Orleans against the Saints and their potent passing attack. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander was ruled out with a knee injury, and cornerback Mike Hughes was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury. Alexander has served as the slot man in the nickel defense. Hughes has taken turns at the outside spots for starters Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes down the stretch. He’s also been the primary punt returner.

— The Seahawks will have both safety Quandre Diggs and defensive end Jadeveon (jah-DAY’-vee-ehn) Clowney available for Sunday’s NFL playoff game against the Eagles in Philadelphia. Diggs had been expected to return after missing the final two games of the regular season with a high-ankle sprain. Clowney played about two-thirds of the Seahawks’ defensive plays against San Francisco, but his impact was limited by a core muscle injury suffered in Week 10 versus the 49ers.

— The Bears have made Eddie Jackson the NFL’s highest-paid safety, agreeing to a $58.4 million contract extension that his agent says guarantees $33 million. Jackson made an immediate impact after being taken in the fourth round of the 2017 draft, becoming an All-Pro the following season, He has 10 interceptions and three touchdowns in his career.

— Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has made The Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team at two positions. McCaffrey rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns while catching a phenomenal 116 passes for 1,005 yards and four TDs. He became the third player in NFL history to finish with 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season, making him an All-Pro in the flex category.

— First Team All-Pro quarterback Lamar Jackson is back at 100 percent after battling the flu during the Ravens’ bye week. The second-year pro ran for more than 1,200 yards, threw 36 touchdown passes and led the Ravens to the best record in the NFL. That performance earned him a place on The Associated Press All-Pro Team.

— Former Saints player Steve Gleason, who became a leading advocate for people struggling with Lou Gehrig’s disease after he was diagnosed with the paralyzing condition, will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony on Jan. 15. The medal is the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.


UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals have ended a two-game losing streak while padding their lead in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division. Evgeni Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist while the Caps were building a 4-1 lead in a 4-3 win at Carolina. Eller and Jakub Vrana (vuh-RAH’-nah) scored 2:22 apart early in the third period to give Washington a three-goal cushion. The Hurricanes closed the gap with power-play goals by Teuvo Teravainen (TOO’-voh the-ah-VY’-nehn) and Ryan Dzingel (duh-ZIHN’-gul) before Ilya Samsonov (sam-SOH’-nahv) blanked Carolina over the final 7:25. The Capitals lead their division by eight points over the Penguins and Islanders, with the Hurricanes 11 points back. Washington is the first NHL team to crack 60 points this season.

— The Stars earned their fourth straight comeback win as Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist to lead a 4-1 decision over the Red Wings. Radek Faksa (FAK’-sah) and Andrej Sekera (AHN’-dray she-KEHR’-ah) also scored for Dallas, and Esa Lindell had three assists.

UNDATED (AP) — Dallas Stars forward Corey Perry has received a five-game suspension without pay from the NHL for elbowing Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis during the first period of the Winter Classic. Perry received a major penalty and game misconduct on the play, allowing the Predators to score two power-play goals before the Stars rallied to earn a 4-2 win at the Cotton Bowl on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Perry has three goals and 10 assists in 34 games this season. The league also punished Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid by giving him a two-game ban without pay for an illegal check to the head during Tuesday’s game against the Flyers. The NHL ruled his hit on Philadelphia defenseman Ivan Provorov was avoidable.

— The Canadiens have signed free-agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a one-year contract to offset several injuries. The 36-year-old Kovalchuk had three goals and nine points in 17 games for the Kings this season before being placed on waivers last month. The first player taken in the 2001 NHL draft has scored 436 goals and 859 points in 897 NHL games, but he hasn’t produced more than 34 points in a season since 2011-12.

— Former Stars coach Jim Montgomery calls his dismissal by the NHL club “appropriate” and says he is entering alcohol rehab. The 50-year-old says the firing was “a wake-up call.”  Montgomery was in his second season with the Stars.


UNDATED (AP) — Relief pitcher Will Harris is joining the Washington Nationals after they beat him in Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.
Harris gets a three-year, $24 million contract after recording a 1.50 ERA in 68 games for the Astros during the 2019 regular season. He was outstanding in the postseason before surrendering Howie Kendrick’s go-ahead home run in the final game of the Fall Classic.

— Veteran right-hander Tyson Ross has accepted a minor league contract with the Giants and an invitation to big league camp at spring training. Ross went 1-5 with a 6.11 ERA over seven starts last season for Detroit. He didn’t pitch after May 10 because of a season-ending elbow injury.

Iowa News

ST. LOUIS (AP) – An advocacy group for Mississippi River communities says this year’s prolonged flooding has created more than $2 billion in damage. Mayors from river communities agreed Tuesday that this year’s flood has been particularly damaging because of how long it has stuck around. Colin Wellenkamp of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative says the river has been above flood stage at some southern towns for more than 200 days.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Three workers say an Iowa pork processor fired them in retaliation for filing complaints about working conditions. The Sioux City Journal reports that Luis Aceves, Jose Moreno and Jose Magana filed three separate lawsuits last week against Northwest Iowa Pork in Sioux City. They seek back pay and future wages, lost and future benefits, compensatory damages and punitive damages. A company representative hasn’t returned a call seeking comment by The Associated Press.

CRYSTAL LAKE, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says zebra mussels have been found in Crystal Lake in north-central Iowa. The invasive species are native to eastern Europe and are voracious eaters that gobble up plankton many native freshwater fish need to survive. The mussels can attach themselves to boat motors, bait buckets and dam mechanisms and cause damage to motors and facilities. The department says juvenile versions of the small black and white species were discovered in a recent water sample.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Construction is expected to begin next year on a multimillion dollar trail connecting Sioux City and Le Mars. The Sioux City Journal reports that the estimated cost of building the 16-mile PlyWood trail is $18 million. Lesley Bartholomew with the PlyWood Trail Committee says the trail connecting Plymouth and Woodbury counties should be completed by 2025. The committee is seeking state and federal grants to complete the project.

Iowa News

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Heavy rains caused flash flooding in the Des Moines area Saturday night, and the forecast calls for more rain Sunday. The National Weather Service says 2.5 inches of rain fell at the Des Moines airport, but more than 4 inches of rain fell on parts of the Des Moines area Saturday night.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa City is turning to bow hunters to help manage the deer population within the city. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the City Council reluctantly approved adding winter bow hunts beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2024.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak has become the latest Democrat to enter the presidential race. The retired Navy admiral who calls himself “Admiral Joe” on his campaign website joins a crowded Democratic field seeking the nomination to challenge President Donald Trump. He was launching his longshot candidacy Sunday afternoon at a veterans’ museum in Waterloo, Iowa.

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University has sanctioned one of its sororities for hazing, but few details were disclosed. The Des Moines Register reports the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority has been given a deferred suspension through May 2021 because of the hazing reported by two of its members.

Illinois News

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – Closing arguments are set for the federal death penalty trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China. Monday’s closings follow a week and a half of testimony. If jurors convict Brendt Christensen, they must then decide whether he should be sentenced to die for beating Yingying Zhang to death with a baseball bat in 2017. Defense attorneys seeking to spare Christensen’s life have admitted he killed Zhang.

CHICAGO (AP) – Police say three people have died following a fiery crash in Chicago. The crash happened Sunday evening on the city’s west side. Police say two cars collided and one of the cars struck a pole, catching fire. Police say two people in the car that hit the pole fled and three others in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other car had what were described as minor injuries.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – An appellate court has tossed a gun conviction of a central Illinois man, ruling a lower court shouldn’t have allowed a Facebook photograph of him standing near guns to be entered as evidence. Illinois’ 3rd District Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of 29-year-old Spencer D. Watkins. Prosecutors entered the photo to show it was likely he had a gun and disposed of it before his arrest.

AURORA, Ill. (AP) – A car battery maker is working with Aurora to offer jobs to residents of the suburban Chicago city. Mayor Richard Irvin’s office says Clarios is hiring for two dozen second- and third-shift positions at a production facility in the Fox Valley. Pay starts at $15.50 per hour and can increase to $22 per hour. Openings begin in August. Irvin and Clarios will host a hiring event on July 17 at City Hall.

Former Platteville Mayor Dies

A former mayor of Platteville and a popular political figure for decades in southwest Wisconsin has died. According to an obituary Nolan “Hoot” Gibson passed away last Thursday in Madison. Gibson was a member of the Platteville city council for 15 years and served on the Grant County board of supervisors for 13 years. He was 93.

Woman Arrested For Sexual Assault

A woman from southwest Wisconsin has been arrested on a sexual assault charge. Police say 21 year old Taryn Rankin of Darlington is charged with sexually assaulting a child younger than 16. The alleged assault took place in Darlington. Police say the two were familiar with each other.

New Special Education Director

A position within the Dubuque school district that was eliminated several years ago has been restore. During a special meeting this week, the school board voted to hire Brenda Duvel as the executive director of special education. During the past school year, Duvel served as principal at Kennedy Elementary School. Prior to that Duvel, who has been with the district for 24 years, was an assistant principal at Roosevelt Middle School. In 2016, the district was forced to eliminate the position because of budget cuts.

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and China are scheduled to resume talks to try to back off an escalating trade war. Looming ahead at midnight Thursday are U.S. plans to raise tariffs on Chinese imports, a move that would heighten tensions between the world’s two biggest economies and is roiling stock markets. Negotiations have been derailed amid U.S. accusations that the Chinese are reneging on commitments they made in previous sessions.

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has issued a new law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities. The church law is a groundbreaking new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. It provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission claims that Facebook is exaggerating its success in staying ahead of extremists by taking down their posts. The complaint even says that the social media company is inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking by extremists.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats have escalated their legal battle with President Donald Trump’s administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler led a committee vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for not complying with a subpoena for the full report. Trump’s spokeswoman calls Nadler’s demands “unlawful and reckless” and says the White House and the Justice Department won’t comply with them.

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) – Colorado high school student Brendan Bialy says his friend Kendrick Castillo “went out as a hero.” Bialy wrestled a gun away from one of two suspected shooters at STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday, after Castillo slammed one attacker against a wall and struggled with him. But shots rang out and Castillo was killed. Eight others, including Bialy, were wounded. Two students, ages 18 and 16, are facing charges in the attack.