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CLIVE, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines suburb has taken steps to keep people from jumping off a railroad bridge into a creek. Officials in Clive had grown concerned about increasing numbers of people jumping into Walnut Creek from an old railroad bridge. The Des Moines Register reports that the Clive City Council voted last week to bar people from gathering on or climbing bridges in the city.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak have exhausted their appeals and a federal judge has ordered them to begin serving prison sentences. Peter DeCoster, 53, must report to the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, South Dakota after July 30 and his 83-year-old father Austin “Jack” DeCoster must serve his three-month term at the Federal Correctional Institution in Berlin, New Hampshire, 30 days after Peter is released.

VERSAILLES, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri state trooper accused in the death of an Iowa man who drowned in lake while handcuffed will avoid a manslaughter trial after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor boating violation. The Kansas City Star reports Trooper Anthony Piercy entered the plea Tuesday. Investigators say Piercy stopped 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson at the Lake of the Ozarks in 2014. Ellingson was in the patrol boat with Piercy when he fell into the lake while handcuffed and wearing an improperly secured life vest.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A Davenport elementary school teacher has been charged with possession and receipt of child pornography. The Quad-City Times reports that a federal complaint against 43-year-old Michael Loren Ross was unsealed Monday, when he made his first court appearance in Davenport. Prosecutors say Ross told officers who searched his home last week that he had child pornography and that he had both received and distributed it.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Deep-pocketed political neophyte Nicole Schneider has ruled out a run for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin as a Republican. A Republican with direct knowledge of Schneider’s decision but who was not authorized to speak publicly about it confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that she was not running. Schneider was one of several Republicans considering a run next year against Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Police say a contractor who suffered a fatal heart attack while working overnight at a Wisconsin Culver’s was “scared to death” when two armed men tried to rob the restaurant. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Tuesday that the robbers would not allow other workers to help the 56-year-old man, who was suffering a medical emergency. Authorities say the two masked robbers entered the restaurant about 3 a.m. while four men were working on a remodeling project.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Budget talks between Wisconsin state Assembly and Senate Republicans have broken down. Leaders from both sides on Tuesday called each other’s position on how to pay for road construction projects “laughable.” A meeting with Republican leaders abruptly ended after 40 minutes. Both sides are scheduled to meet separately and privately on Wednesday. Leaders also have a meeting with Gov. Scott Walker.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A University of Wisconsin Board of Regents member says taxpayer money will not be tapped to cover debts of the financial troubled UW-Oshkosh Foundation. Regent Michael M. Grebe said in a statement Tuesday that it would be inappropriate to use taxpayer dollars to cover debts caused by the foundation’s inappropriate real estate projects. Grebe says university officials continue working with foundation leaders to “work through the financial realities” the foundation faces.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – Three Chicago police officers accused of covering up and lying about a deadly shooting, have been indicted. The indictment alleges that the three lied about what happened on Oct. 20, 2014, when Officer Jason Van Dyke killed Laquan McDonald, shooting the black teen 16 times. One of the officers is accused of signing off on a report that claimed that McDonald attacked two officers. Dashcam video contradicts the officers’ accounts.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers are continuing efforts to seal a state budget deal. House Democrats could call a vote Wednesday on a statewide property tax freeze that would make exceptions for Chicago, distressed school districts and cities trying to pay off long-term debt and make contributions to police and fire pension programs. Lawmakers face a deadline of Friday for agreeing to a budget before a new fiscal year begins.

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled to consider a request by lawyers for Medicaid recipients that she order Illinois to start paying $1 billion a month for four months even as it enters a third year without a budget. Wednesday’s hearing in a long-running civil case is focused on more than $2 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills. The plaintiffs say court-ordered talks have stalled.

CHICAGO (AP) – Visitors to Chicago’s river walk will be able to see a new public art sculpture featuring a giant deer. The 12-foot by 20-foot fiberglass sculpture is titled “Deer.” The Chicago Tribune reports it was created in 2015 by artist Tony Tasset. The work was recently installed at a fair in Miami Beach, Florida. The sculpture will be on display along the Chicago River in downtown Chicago through October.