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September 15, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – More than $8.5 million was wagered at 13 participating casinos in Iowa’s first month of sports betting. Ames station WOI reports that figures release by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission show the state reaped nearly $146,000 in tax revenue from the wagers on sports events. On Aug. 15, Iowa became the 11th in the nation and first in the Midwest to allow such wagering.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A judge has ordered a mental competency evaluation for a woman accused of injuring an Iowa City police officer with BB gun fire. The woman herself was injured when the officer returned fire with his service weapon. Officer Michael Clark and 25-year-old Cierra Lewis were both hospitalized after the July 29 shootout as officers investigated a shoplifting report. Lewis’ attorney tells the Press-Citizen he doesn’t believe she is mentally fit enough to participate in her own defense.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have identified a wounded homeless man, as well as the officer who shot him in a confrontation at a Des Moines homeless encampment. Des Moines police say 26-year-old Bryan Tyler Norris was shot Friday afternoon at the encampment in a wooded area near the Raccoon River. Police say officers were responding to complaints about the homeless camp when Norris armed himself with a knife, refused commands to drop and advanced on an officer. Police say Officer Trudy Paulson then shot him.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation’s Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, while their Democratic counterparts have mostly come out against it, decrying it as woefully inadequate.


Illinois News

September 15, 2019

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – More than 2,000 medically preserved fetal remains have been found at the Illinois home of a former Indiana abortion clinic doctor who died last week. The Will County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that an attorney for Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s family contacted the coroner’s office Thursday about possible fetal remains being found at the home in an unincorporated part of Will County in northeastern Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A central Illinois congressman says a Springfield site linked to the city’s 1908 race riot has been deemed suitable for designation as a national historic monument. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis had asked the National Park Service last year to conduct a survey of the block-long site. He says a review by the U.S. Department of the Interior found the site suitable for a historic monument designation. Sixteen people died during three days of rioting in August 1908 when a white mob attacked black citizens.

OREGON, Ill. (AP) – Restoration work is finally underway on a northern Illinois landmark known as the Black Hawk statue following weather-related delays. The 108-year-old monument at Lowden State Park in the city of Oregon has spent most of the past five years beneath plastic covering to protect it from harsh weather. But workers began erecting scaffolding around the 48-foot-tall statue last Monday in preparation for the repairs.

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois officials say residents have been able to collect more than $15 million from lost or unclaimed life insurance policies this year with help from the Department of Insurance. Illinois Department of Insurance Director Robert Muriel says about 25 percent of life insurance policies aren’t paid to beneficiaries because family members are unaware of the coverage or don’t have necessary paperwork.


Wisconsin News

September 15, 2019

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Former janitor whose gun went off in school and grazed a student is sentenced to the 4 days he already served in jail. Sixty-year-old Heriberto Martin pleaded guilty Friday to possessing a firearm on school grounds. Martin also may not have any contact with the St. Josaphat Parish School or the girl who was struck by the bullet after it had passed through two walls and another student’s backpack. The bullet left a small bruise where it hit the fourth grade student.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation’s Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, while their Democratic counterparts have mostly come out against it, decrying it as woefully inadequate.

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) – A retired Catholic priest in Wisconsin has been acquitted on charges alleging that he had sexually assaulted an altar boy over several years, starting in 2006. A Jefferson County jury on Friday found 66-year-old William Nolan not guilty of five counts of sexual assault following a weeklong trial. The now 26-year old accuser from California alleges that Nolan had sexual contact with him as many as 100 times.

LOYAL, Wis. (AP) – State officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Loyal that resulted in the death of a person who fired on law enforcement and injured an officer. Wisconsin Department of Justice officials say it happened early Friday morning after the suspect fled a traffic stop. Investigators say there was a standoff at the suspect’s residence and a Clark County sheriff’s deputy was shot. Officers entered the building and killed the suspect. The deputy suffered non-life threatening injuries.