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GEORGE, Iowa (AP) – The start of the school year at one northwestern Iowa school district has been delayed five days until Aug. 28 after a colony of bats was discovered in a second-floor high school office. George-Little Rock superintendent John Eyerly tells the Sioux City Journal that an electrician installing a new phone system during the first week of August found evidence of bats while in the school’s liaison officer’s office.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Public Safety is confirming that recruits at its basic training academy were treated last month for heat-related illness. Department spokesman Alex Dinkla said Thursday that two of 20 recruits needed medical treatment following academy activities. He said he believed they are trooper candidates and remain part of the academy, which started May 30 at Camp Dodge in Johnston and remains ongoing.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 14-year-old bicyclist died after she was struck by a car in eastern Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Raeanna M. Reynolds of Muscatine was riding her bicycle around 9 p.m. when a 1999 Ford Taurus hit her, throwing her bicycle into a ditch. Authorities identified the driver as 26-year-old Alexander Cortes-Wolfe, of Wapello.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa couple whose adopted baby was killed after his birth parents regained custody in 2014 has won a $3.25 million judgment in a lawsuit against their adoption lawyer. The Des Moines Register reports that Rachel and Heidi McFarland were awarded the judgment in a lawsuit against their attorney, Jason Rieper. The couple alleged that Rieper allowed them to believe he’d gotten the baby’s birth mother to sign a critical release-of-custody document when he had not done so.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a $3 billion tax break package for Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group. The bipartisan vote Thursday now sends the bill to the Senate, where it must also pass in identical form before it goes to Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The Assembly passed the measure on a 59-30 vote, sending it to the state Senate. The factory could employ up to 13,000 people, opening in 2020.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A mayor says a plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a cemetery in traditionally liberal Madison, Wisconsin, and a second memorial is also coming down. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says the Civil War was “a defense of the deplorable practice of slavery.” His announcement Thursday comes as cities nationwide are removing Confederacy-related monuments after last weekend’s deadly confrontations at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Two would-be daredevils from Wisconsin are now criminal defendants for scaling the Golden Gate Bridge. The Marin County district attorney on Thursday charged 21-year-old Thomas Rector and 18-year-old Peter Kurer of West Bend, Wisconsin, with misdemeanor trespassing for climbing the bridge north tower earlier this year.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) – A former Wisconsin doctor convicted of sexually assaulting multiple patients at a clinic in Plover has been sentenced to more than six years in prison. The Stevens Point Journal reports that 47-year-old Wilton Calderon, who now lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut, was accused of groping and inappropriately rubbing himself against at least seven of his patients. Calderon pleaded guilty in February to two counts, including third-degree sexual assault.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is throwing his support behind a Chicago-area sweetened beverage tax by financing an ad campaign backing the levy. Bloomberg’s charity announced Thursday that $2 million will be spent on television, radio and digital ads promoting the tax. The ads will contend the tax could help fight “the epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes.”

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois officials say residents should beware of fraudsters seeking to profit from the buzz surrounding Monday’s solar eclipse. The warning concerns eclipse glasses that don’t protect your eyes. They warn that consumers risk eye damage if they wear glasses that don’t have the right filters. Except for a brief period in areas where the total eclipse is visible, no one should look directly at the sun without protective glasses.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – A central Illinois fire department wants to teach CPR to 8,000 people over the next two years. The Peoria Journal-Star reports the effort is part of a nationwide program known as Take Heart America. It’s aimed at improving survival rates for cardiac arrest, in part by teaching more people to perform CPR. Last year, the fire department’s CPR outreach taught the skill to 650 people, though clinics at the Peoria County Courthouse square and several businesses.

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago election officials say a file containing the names, addresses, dates of birth and other information about the city’s 1.8 million registered voters was published online. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners revealed Thursday the information uploaded to Amazon Web Services was publicly accessible for an unknown period, but has been secured. The file was uploaded by contractor Election Systems & Software. It says it secured the information and trying to find out how it happened.