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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – A Mason City man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of another man. The Globe Gazette reports that 21-year-old Braedon Bowers was sentenced Friday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. Bowers was found guilty in August of voluntary manslaughter. He had been charged with first-degree murder in the May 30, 2017, stabbing of 23-year-old Wraymond Todd in Mason City.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California is making her first campaign trip to Iowa before Election Day, adding to speculation about a potential presidential run in 2020. Harris plans to visit the state on Oct. 22-23. It’ll be her first visit to the leadoff presidential caucus state since she was elected to the Senate in 2016. She’s among a large group of Democrats, including several senators, who are contemplating a challenge to President Donald Trump.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa state law enforcement officials are warning the public to be on guard for a telephone scam in which the callers pretend to state police and demand payment. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation says scammers pose as employees of the “Iowa State Police” and claim to have seized a vehicle registered to the call recipient in which drugs were found. The scammers then demand immediate payment.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids is gearing up to help the less fortunate this coming holiday season. Registration for the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots and holiday food assistance programs begins Monday and runs through Friday. Registration for the Salvation Army’s Toys for Tots and holiday food assistance programs begins Monday and runs through Friday. Registration opens again Nov. 12 for Christmas food assistance. Applications will be available at The Salvation Army.

Wisconsin News

STRUM, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a man was shot by police in Strum after officers responded to a report of a subject with a gun. The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office says in a release that the incident happened at 8:20 p.m. Friday after police attempted a traffic stop in Strum. The release says the man had a handgun and officers “responded to the actions” of the man and fired multiple shots. Police from Strum, Osseo and Eleva were on the scene. The man’s condition is not known.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A subsidiary of Foxconn Development Corp. has been fined nearly $1,200 in connection with flooding at the company’s construction site caused by heavy rains in Wisconsin during the Labor Day weekend. The state Department of Natural Resources says it issued the citation to FEWI Development Corp. because the company failed to fully construct a storm water basin that would have caught the runoff before making it to Pike River. Foxconn is building a $10 billion manufacturing plant in Mount Pleasant.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin brewing company official says a project with the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to create the first wild lager brewed in North America. Wisconsin Brewing Co. President Carl Nolen tells The Wisconsin State Journal the project with the university uses a Wisconsin yeast strain never used before in commercial beer production. The weeks-long brewing process began Oct. 11.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin voters will decide this fall if lawmakers should close the state’s so-called “dark store” loophole. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that 22 Wisconsin counties, cities and villages will consider an advisory referendum that would end the policy. The loophole lets companies assess property taxes using the value of an empty store instead of an operational store. This typically gives stores lower assessments, which means businesses save money.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – Thousands of people have marched through downtown Chicago to express their displeasure at President Donald Trump and encourage voters to go to the polls for next month’s midterm election. The march took place Saturday after a rally in Grant Park organized by Women’s March Chicago that the group dubbed March to the Polls. A sea of people took to the streets, chanting “Let’s go vote!” as they walked from Grant Park to Federal Plaza.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Lyric Opera of Chicago says it has reached a multi-year labor deal with striking musicians. The Chicago Tribune reports Sunday that the agreement would extend through the 2020-21 season, if ratified by members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208. Musicians will meet Sunday to vote on the agreement.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – The University of Illinois has decided not to let it rain on its parade. The(Champaign) News-Gazette reports that the school has notified people with a mass mail that Saturday evening’s homecoming parade in Champaign has been cancelled due to a forecast of cold, wet and just plain miserable weather.

ALTON, Ill. (AP) – A Madison County associate circuit judge has been chosen to attend the U.S. Army War College. Judge Sarah Smith is one of three Illinois Army National Guard Officers selected to attend. She will graduate in 2020. Smith is current staff judge advocate of the Illinois Army National Guard. The college is the Army’s top leadership school and grants a “master of strategic studies” degree to senior military and civilian leaders.