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BRITT, Iowa (AP) – Officials in northern Iowa say high winds have blown the roof off a grain bin in Britt, causing the bin to collapse onto power lines and knocking out power to the area. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that no one was injured in the collapse Wednesday morning at Hancock County grain elevator. The National Weather Service says gusts in the area on Wednesday topped 50 mph.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Jurors are deliberating the case of an Iowa woman charged in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter. The Des Moines Register reports that lawyers gave closing arguments Monday in the trial of 43-year-old Nicole Finn, of West Des Moines. She has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and child endangerment in the October 2016 death of 16-year-old Natalie Finn, who weighed 85 pounds when she died.

OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) – Local and federal investigators are trying to determine why a fire erupted on a school bus in western Iowa, killing a student and the bus driver. The fire occurred Tuesday morning after the bus picked up a student at a farm southeast of Oakland, Iowa, about 35 miles east of Omaha, Nebraska.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Kim Reynolds says she wants to give details on a proposal to cut taxes in Iowa during a key legislative speech early next year. Reynolds told reporters Wednesday she’d like to provide information about a tax plan during her Condition of the State address on Jan. 9. She says releasing those details are contingent on Congress passing its sweeping tax overhaul. The federal legislation is expected to make changes to how Iowa collects taxes.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic Wisconsin Senate Leader Jennifer Shilling says she is open to releasing more details about sexual harassment claims made in the Legislature. Shilling said Wednesday that she’s trying to strike a balance between protecting victims and not shielding perpetrators. Shilling and Republican leaders who control the Legislature have defended keeping details about complaints secret. Shilling says her priority is doing the right thing to empower victims to come forward.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) – American Transmission Co. is asking state regulators to approve a $140 million project to supply electricity to the massive Foxconn manufacturing complex in southeastern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that ATC says the massive plant is expected to draw six times more power than the next-largest factory in the state. The utility would build a new substation east of the facility and connect it with high-voltage power lines.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The overdose-reversing drug Narcan will be available for use by security officers on all University of Wisconsin campuses. Attorney General Brad Schimel joined with UW System President Ray Cross to make the announcement Wednesday. A partnership with the pharmaceutical company Adapt Pharma will make a nasal spray version of Narcan available for free at 10 UW campuses. Narcan is already available under existing partnerships at the other three campuses.

BUFFALO CITY, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in western Wisconsin have identified two family members who died in a mobile home fire. Thirty-year-old Douglas Shawley and 2-year-old Genevieve Shawley died when fire swept their home in the Buffalo County community of Buffalo City on Tuesday. A Buffalo County sheriff’s deputy arrived within minutes of the fire call and found the back half of the mobile home engulfed in flames.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – The question of whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony drug stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of landmark hearings in Chicago. A rare panel of federal trial judges begins the hearings Thursday on the stings. They typically involve agents posing as cartel couriers who talk suspects into robbing caches of drugs that don’t actually exist. How the judges rule could determine whether agencies nationwide curtail use of such stings.

CHICAGO (AP) – Voters in Cook County will get the chance to vote on a non-binding question in the March primary on whether recreational marijuana should be legalized. County commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to put the advisory referendum on the ballot. Such questions are used to gauge support of an issue and could help state lawmakers determine whether to pursue the issue with legislation in Springfield.

CHICAGO (AP) – Bus and train commuters are going to have to pay more for Chicago Transit Authority rides. The transit agency’s board unanimous approved raising fares by 25 cents next year. It’s the first across-the-board increase in nine years and was prompted by a $33 million budget hole partly caused by state budget cuts.

CHICAGO (AP) – A judge has sentenced a former Chicago police officer to five years in prison for tipping off the target of an undercover drug probe who was a friend from high school. Ronald Coleman was a member of task force in 2014 that included federal drug agents. The 47-year-old was convicted in August on one count of obstruction of justice. The 18-year department veteran resigned two months later and was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday.