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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A December sentencing has been scheduled for an Iowa man accused of selling fraudulent life insurance policies and keeping the money. Prosecutors say a jury last week found 59-year-old Roger Goodwin guilty of seven counts of mail fraud. His sentencing is set for Dec. 19 in Des Moines. Prosecutors say that between 2013 and August 2016, Goodwin recommended life insurance or annuity contracts to several clients and then deposited their checks in his own bank account.

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – Investigators searching for a University of Iowa student who vanished last month are launching a new website to generate tips from potential witnesses. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation unveiled at a news conference Monday. Mollie Tibbetts has been missing since July 18, when the 20-year-old was last seen jogging in the small town of Brooklyn, Iowa.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man convicted in a 1996 northeast Iowa slaying has died in a state prison facility. The Iowa Corrections Department said Monday that Robert Richey died of natural causes at 9:40 a.m. Sunday at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. He was 74. Richey had been housed there because of chronic illness.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A man charged with murder says his actions in an Urbandale bar fight are protected by Iowa’s “stand your ground” law. The Des Moines Register reports that a judge has set a hearing for Aug. 20 to consider the motion filed for 49-year-old Rodney Henricksen. The motion says Henricksen was defending himself from an intoxicated and aggressive Joshua Sadlon. The law says a person doesn’t have to retreat before using deadly force if he or she reasonably thinks his or her life is being threatened.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s primary election will decide which Democrat challenges Republican Gov. Scott Walker this fall and whom Republicans back in a big-money race for U.S. Senate. Tuesday’s primaries will also set the fall ballot for many other races, including the fight to replace Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. Eight Democrats are vying to challenge Walker. Polls showed state schools chief Tony Evers with a double-digit lead over the field.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement creates an opening in his southeastern Wisconsin congressional district for the first time in 20 years, fueling hopes among Democrats that they can pick up the seat that leans Republican. Union ironworker Randy Bryce faces schoolteacher Cathy Myers in Tuesday’s Democrat primary. On the Republican side, former Ryan aide Bryan Steil is a front-runner in a five-way contest.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican primary for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat pits two loyalists to President Donald Trump who agree on most of the issues. Polls leading up to Tuesday’s primary showed a very close race between Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir, with about a third of Republican voters undecided. The primary winner will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democrats are working to topple Republican control of Congress and governors’ offices across the nation. Four states will host primary elections Tuesday as the 2018 primary season nears its final chapter. Wisconsin and Minnesota are two states where President Donald Trump’s appeal among working-class voters threatens to upend decadeslong political trends this fall and beyond. There’s also voting in Vermont and Connecticut.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – Opening statements are scheduled in the trial of two men accused in the 2013 shooting death of 15-year-old Chicago student just days after she performed at then-President Barack Obama’s inaugural festivities. Separate juries have been selected to hear the cases against Micheail Ward and Kenneth Williams in the death of Hadiya Pendleton. She was with friends at a park 1 mile from Obama’s Chicago home when she was shot in what prosecutors say was a botched attempt at gang retaliation.

CHICAGO (AP) – As an additional 600 police officers patrolled five violent Chicago police districts over the weekend the number of shootings dropped and no one was killed. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the districts will continue to see additional patrol officers until ” things are stabilized.” The increased patrols are an effort to prevent a repeat of the Aug. 3-Aug. 5 weekend that left at least 71 people shot, 12 of them fatally. Authorities say about 35 people were shot during the past weekend.

RICHTON PARK, Ill. (AP) – Suburban Chicago police say a man has been killed in a shootout with officers from two departments. Authorities say members of the Richton Park and Park Forest police departments exchanged fire Monday with a man who matched the description of a suspect wanted in a shooting that happened in Park Forest earlier in the day. Police officials say when officers approached the man in Richton Park he displayed a handgun. The victim in the earlier shooting is hospitalized with a head wound.

CHICAGO (AP) – Two women have been indicted on charges they stole opioids from the Chicago pharmacy where they worked then sold the drugs for a profit. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said Monday 33-year-old Elizabeth Cruz of Stone Park and 27-year-old Jacqueline Green of Chicago are charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.