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May 21, 2019

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Officials say Davenport’s public works department has spent more than $1 million on fighting floods this spring and that figure is expected to rise as the city prepares to hold back future deluges. A provisional flood barricade holding back the Mississippi River ruptured on April 30, sending floodwaters into downtown Davenport. The Quad-City Times reports that Davenport Public Works Director Nicole Gleason says the flooding put pressure on a department with numerous other obligations to manage.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Waterloo officials are moving ahead with plans for a downtown marina along the Cedar River. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a $127,500 contract with a company that will develop plans for the proposed marina on the west bank of the river. The study will be funded by gambling revenue from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Hundreds of students walked out of their Cedar Rapids high school to call for actions to address gun violence following the recent killings of two teenagers. The protest Monday morning at Washington High School came after two 18-year-olds were shot to death early Saturday as they sat in a parked car. Two others were injured. During the walk-out, students held a moment of silence. Students also shared their memories of the slain teenagers and called for the community to address gun violence.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Community leaders in Des Moines are continuing to oppose plans for a $137 million federal courthouse on the city’s riverfront. KCCI-TV reports former City Council member Christine Hensley and business leaders held a news conference Monday on the steps of the current courthouse and questioned the need a new building on land the city had hoped would be used for a high-profile private development. Hensley says construction of a new courthouse is unnecessary and wasteful.

Illinois News

May 21, 2019

HARVEY, Ill. (AP) – A man who quit his job last year as a suburban Chicago high school gym teacher amid accusations that he inappropriately touched a female student has been charged with criminal sexual assault after allegedly impregnating another student twice. The (Tinley Park) Daily Southtown reports that 42-year-old Jason Hardy was arrested last week after the now-26-year old woman contacted police.

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo says an eastern black rhinoceros named Kapuki has given birth to a calf. The zoo says Kapuki was pregnant for 15 months before the calf was born Sunday night. The zoo hasn’t named the calf or announced its sex, but officials say details will be announced once available. Zoo officials say the calf stood up at just 53 minutes of age.

DYER, Ind. (AP) – Authorities say an Illinois man who died while working on a sign at a restaurant in northwestern Indiana was accidentally pinned and crushed. Police in Dyer issued an update Monday on the investigation into the death of 62-year-old Terry Mirkov of Crete, Illinois. Mirkov was pronounced dead after crews responded Sunday to Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage. Police say he was working in a lift bucket attached to a van when the unoccupied van rolled, pinning him against the sign.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – St. Louis’ two major sports teams say they’re prepared for severe weather that’s expected to roll through Tuesday night. Forecasters expect a thunderstorm to roll through downtown St. Louis at about the time the NHL’s Blues play the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Baseball’s Cardinals are opening a series with cross-state rival Kansas City.

Wisconsin News

May 21, 2019

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Oshkosh police say a body has been recovered from a vehicle submerged in Lake Winnebago. Police say they were notified Monday that there was damage to the railing at the Bowen Street fishing dock, indicating a vehicle may have plunged into the lake. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department divers were called, did a search with sonar and found the vehicle and the body.

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) – Police are investigating a deadly shooting outside a restaurant in Pleasant Prairie. Kenosha police, who responded to Cheddar’s restaurant, tell WISN-TV a man who was shot died at the scene Monday night. They say no one else was injured. Authorities have not made an arrest in the case.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is calling for impeachment proceedings to move forward against President Donald Trump. Pocan on Tuesday tweeted that “Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report” enhances the appearance of guilt and “has pushed Congress to a point where we must start an impeachment inquiry.”

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has suspended a Racine County judge for five days without pay, citing “concerning” and “obviously unethical” behavior. The unanimous court in an unsigned order Tuesday said that Racine County Judge Michael Piontek’s judicial misconduct in two cases from 2014 warranted the suspension.