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Several Area Athletes Honored as American Rivers Conference Athletes of the Week

University of Dubuque volleyball outside hitter Darby Hawtrey has been honored as the American Rivers Conference Female Athlete of the Week.

Hawtrey, a sophomore for the Spartans totaled 50 kills in Dubuque three conference tourney wins, including 20 in the championship match against Wartburg on Saturday to help lead the Spartans to the NCAA Tourney for a second straight season. U-D’s Grace Stawser was named the ARC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week

Other area honorees this week include:

  • U-D’s Abby Zurcher has been named the ARC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
  • Loras junior defensive back Jack Foley is the conference Football Defensive Player of the Week.
  • Dubuque wrestler Luke Radke was named the conference Wrestler of the Week.

For more info on each athletes performance: https://rollrivers.com/news/2019/11/12/dubuques-hawtrey-luthers-keller-named-a-r-c-athletes-of-the-week.aspx

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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National News

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.