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Early Voting for Municipal Election Begins Today

Voters in Dubuque can begin casting ballots in this year’s mayoral and city council election today. Early voting opens this morning and will be available through the day before the election, November 6. Anyone wanting to vote early can do so at the county elections office on the fourth floor of the Dubuque County Courthouse, and at the elections annex on Locust Street. Those wanting an absentee ballot can request on through November 3. All three of the council seats up for election this year are contested. Mayor Roy Buol is also up for re-election. He is officially unopposed, but a couple of people are staging write-in campaigns, including current council member Jake Rios.

Iowa News

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say two people have died in a West Des Moines collision caused by a wrong-way driver. The collision occurred just before 2 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 35. Both drivers died. Police identified the driver of the southbound car as 49-year-old Monte Johnson, of Hartford. The driver of the northbound car was identified as 32-year-old Nripin Chinni, who lived in West Des Moines.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department is sending a federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with killing a transgender teenager last year. The unusual decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions comes even as he takes other steps to erode the rights of transgender people broadly. The case involves Jorge Sanders-Galvez, who is charged with killing 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson in Burlington, Iowa.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A Waterloo city council candidate is acknowledging that he was arrested Friday for public intoxication. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Chris Shimp apologized for his action and took responsibility in a statement issued Saturday. University of Northern Iowa media relations confirmed that a person by the name of Chris Shimp was arrested Friday for public intoxication, but an arrest report wasn’t immediately available.

TAMA, Iowa (AP) – The Meskwaki Nation in Iowa is expanding its business interests from its casino and bingo hall into tobacco products and e-cigarettes. The Des Moines Register reports that tribal leaders are looking to diversity their revenue so the tribe is less reliant on casino profits. Meskwaki Inc. will soon open a 30,000-square-foot factor and warehouse just off Highway 30, within walking distance of both the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel and the Meskwaki Travel Plaza.

Wisconsin News

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say Menomonie police car struck a person who was lying on a road. Police say it happened at about 1 a.m. Sunday on Wilson Ave. A statement from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office says the officer tried to swerve the police car but was not able to avoid hitting the person in the road.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A liberal advocacy group says delays in testing at the state crime lab led to a fatal crash in Waukesha County. Frank Schiller was out on bail when his car hit a good Samaritan helping change a tire last July on Interstate 94 near Delafield. Prosecutors were waiting on blood test results for Schiller, a repeat drunken driver, at the time. A deputy attorney general says several judicial decisions had more to do with Schiller being free than any delay in blood-testing.

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to restore buildings on some islands in northeast Wisconsin that date back more than a century. WLUK-TV reports that renovations to the 325-acre Plum Island and the 4-acre Pilot Island could total almost $7 million. The buildings on Plum Island are on the National Register of Historic Places. The island is also part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The project could take about five years to complete.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say several people had to be rescued after an explosion and fire at a three-story residence in Racine. The Journal Times reports that at least one person was injured in the Saturday afternoon blaze. Racine firefighters were dispatched to the scene before 1 p.m. Officials say the fire was declared under control at about 2:15 p.m., although firefighters were still tracking down hot spots.

Illinois News

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) – A 17-year-old has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old Illinois boy. The Herald & Review reports police responded to a Decatur home Saturday morning for a report of an injured child. The boy was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. Macon County Coroner Michel Day said Sunday Justin Lee Murphy Jr. died from a gunshot wound to the torso. Police took the 17-year-old to police headquarters for questioning Saturday

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois State Historical Society is offering all 102 counties a tree that descends from an original “Johnny Appleseed” tree as part of Illinois’ 200th birthday celebration. The Effingham Daily News reports Illinois was dotted with apple trees from John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, in the early 19th century. The historical society says Chapman’s last-known surviving tree was in Ohio. A graft was used to grow new trees.

CHICAGO (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan is scheduled to speak at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. An announcement says she’ll speak on Monday about her time on the nation’s highest court. The 57-year-old is among three female justices and one of its four reliably liberal justices. Then-President Barack Obama nominated her to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens in 2010

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) – A northern Illinois community has unveiled a new mural honoring a local resident who played in the 1933 World Series. The Rockford Register Star reports the Boone County Arts Council unveiled the mural downtown Belvidere on Saturday. It honors Fred Schulte, who played with the Washington Senators. He hit a 3-run home run to tie Game 5 against the New York Giants. Schulte also played for the St. Louis Browns and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He died in 1983 at age 82.

Iowa News

SUTHERLAND, Iowa (AP) – Residents of the small northwest Iowa city of Sutherland have gathered to mourn Carly Kreibaum, a 33-year-old mother of two who was among those killed in a Las Vegas mass shooting. The Sioux City Journal reports dozens of people converged Saturday morning at a downtown community center to remember Kreibaum. A burial was held later at a local cemetery. Kreibaum’s family requested no media attend the funeral. Several attendees later refused to comment, citing privacy concerns.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – More oversight and money will be needed to demolish an abandoned apartment building near downtown Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports city officials determined recently that the apartments must be removed as if all the debris contains asbestos. That special designation requires more regulated cleanup. It’s also twice as expensive as more traditional demolition methods.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) – Two northeast Iowa men are raising awareness about a critical shortage of emergency medical technicians in rural areas of the state and calling for changes in law so ambulance service is deemed essential. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Bremer County’s Emergency Management Coordinator Kip Ladage and the EMS association’s president Jim Schutte spoke about the EMS crisis at a Waverly town hall meeting on Oct. 11. Residents discussed funding services with sales or property taxes.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A jury has convicted a New York man in connection to a 2016 bank robbery in eastern Iowa. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the northern district of Iowa says 27-year-old Daniel Louis Jackson was convicted on charges that included armed bank robbery. A date for sentencing is pending, but he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in prison. Officials say Jackson and another man took about $8,000 from a Citizens State Bank in Hopkinton on Oct. 21, 2016.

Wisconsin News

 

RACINE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say several people had to be rescued after an explosion and fire at a three-story residence in Racine. The Journal Times reports that at least one person was injured in the Saturday afternoon blaze. Racine firefighters were dispatched to the scene before 1 p.m. Officials say the fire was declared under control at about 2:15 p.m., although firefighters were still tracking down hot spots.

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) – An Oak Creek teacher and high school basketball coach is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student. Authorities say 39-year-old Michael Jossie is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child under age 16. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. The complaint says Jossie and the student had sex multiple times, including in the classroom.

UNDATED (AP) – In announcing his decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting about 6 million Americans, President Donald Trump argued the subsidies were payouts to insurance companies, and the government could not legally continue to make them. The health care law failed to include a congressional appropriation, which is required before federal money can be spent. But by ending the provision Trump risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A report from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services says the state saw an increase of about 13 percent in reported chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases in 2016. Brandon Kufalk is a public health educator with the agency’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Section. He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the increase may be due to more testing.

Illinois News

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) – A northwestern Indiana group is hoping to close gaps in a long-planned regional trail if it lands a $24 million federal grant. The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission is expected to apply this month for the U.S. Department of Transportation grant. That funding would finance Indiana sections of the Marquette Greenway that’s planned to eventually run 58 miles from Chicago’s South Side, through northern Indiana to New Buffalo, Michigan.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The state of Illinois is looking for residents’ help to create a plan to determine how to best use the state’s roadway rest areas. The Illinois Department of Transportation has put together an online survey that’s available through Oct. 29. Surveys have 20 questions and seek traveler feedback. The state transportation department maintains 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers that serve about 36 million people on highways throughout Illinois.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) – Officials at the University of Illinois have confirmed a student case of meningococcal meningitis. The university says in a news release Saturday that the student was admitted Tuesday and is being treated at an Urbana hospital. University officials are contacting friends and roommates of the student to identify others at risk.

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) – A Republican former state lawmaker was arrested on a shoplifting charge and is free on $1,500 bail. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that former Rep. Sandra Pihos of Glen Ellyn faces a retail theft charge for alleged stealing nearly $600 in women’s clothes on Sept. 26 from a Von Maur in Lombard’s Yorktown Shopping Center. A phone message left Saturday for Pihos wasn’t immediately returned.