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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa says she will run for a second term in 2020. The Des Moines Register reports that Ernst told reporters Friday that she would seek re-election. The 48-year-old military veteran from Red Oak was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 after serving four years in the Iowa Senate.

ELDRIDGE, Iowa (AP) – A 12-year-old Iowa boy accused of unsuccessfully trying to shoot his teacher will be tried in adult court as a youthful offender. The Quad-City Times reports that a judge made that ruling Friday just before the boy made his first appearance on charges of attempted murder and weapons counts. If convicted, the boy would remain under juvenile court supervision until he’s 18. The case would then return to adult court, where a judge could dismiss it or sentence the offender to adult prison.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A man convicted of killing a woman in her Cedar Rapids garage and setting it on fire has been sentenced to life in prison. Television station KCRG reports that 39-year-old Timothy Evans pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the April death of 38-year-old Gina Frederiksen. Prosecutors say Evans broke into the detached garage of a Cedar Rapids home on April 29 and violently assaulting Frederiksen. Police say he then set fire to the garage.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has reported the state’s first flu-related deaths of the current flu season. The department said Friday that two people, both over 65, have died from flu-related causes. One was from an area covered by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and the other was from the North Central District Health Department region that includes the cities of Valentine, O’Neill and Neligh.


Wisconsin News

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Oshkosh police have arrested a 75-year-old YMCA employee on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault of a child and false imprisonment. WBAY-TV reports the man was taken into custody Thursday night. He was fired by the YMCA. Formal charges are expected next week. Police say the man worked for the YMCA for several years, most recently in the drop-off day care center at the YMCA on W. 20th Ave.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin agriculture organizations are applauding President Donald Trump’s signing of a revised North American trade pact with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, but agricultural industry members say they don’t expect it to have an impact on prices. Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Jim Holte tells Wisconsin Public Radio that the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement won’t be transformative. Dairy groups say the deal does include protections for the export of some Wisconsin cheeses.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – City and county officials in Milwaukee have released a list of recommendations to fight overdose deaths caused by drugs, which include increasing access to resources and education efforts. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the City-County Heroin, Opioid, and Cocaine Task Force’s recommendations include developing safe needle exchange programs, offering rapid drug testing kits and creating incentives to encourage property owners to rent to recovering patients.

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – Group solar panel purchases are often arranged by municipalities, but in northern Wisconsin an all-volunteer citizens nonprofit group spearheaded a record-setting effort on its own. While group buys are often arranged by municipalities, such as Milwaukee, in this case the all-volunteer citizens nonprofit group Cheq Bay Renewables spearheaded the effort and worked with Next Energy Solution to arrange the buy.


Illinois News

PRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois lawmakers have created the nation’s toughest test for admitting testimony from jailhouse snitches into criminal trials. Inspired by reform of the state’s notorious and now-discarded system of capital punishment, it requires judges to make pre-trial inquiries into the veracity of testimony by incarcerated informants before allowing or barring it. Testimony by snitches has helped convict 19 criminal defendants who were later exonerated during the past three decades in Illinois.

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) – The son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says he remains committed to his central Illinois community after his unlikely term as sheriff. Howard Buffett was a longtime volunteer before being appointed Macon County sheriff late last year to fill the vacant post. His term ended Nov. 30, but he says he has no plans to leave Decatur. His foundation has donated about $100 million to local projects.

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago charter school network seeks the court’s help in halting a teachers’ strike for much of the past week. The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times report Acero filed complaints Friday with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and National Labor Relations Board against the Chicago Teachers Union. The complaint argues the strike is illegal because teachers didn’t follow mediation or notice requirements. Union officials say “there is nothing illegal” about the walkout.

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The sons of a man who committed suicide in the St. Clair County jail in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis have been awarded $301,000. A federal jury on Thursday found if favor of the estate of Bradley Scarpi in a wrongful death claim filed against correctional officer Christopher Lanzante that claimed he didn’t protect Scarpi from harm. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the jury sided with the sheriff’s department on a claim that the department failed to protect inmates.