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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Some possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidates haven’t hesitated to tangle with President Donald Trump when he has attacked them, but others say they plan to ignore him. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown recalls when Trump slammed him over the closure of a General Motors plant he poked Trump for seeking “an Ohio Democrat to blame” while Republicans held power in the state. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker says he doesn’t want to waste his time on negativity when voters want to hear a positive message.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A 93-year-old World War II veteran has finally been given a medal he won at the 1944 Drake Relays track meet. The Des Moines Register reports that Ted Williams, of Altoona, had finished second in the discus among high school boys. But because of wartime metal rationing, he was given only a certificate that could be redeemed for a medal after the war. He finally received the medal Thursday from Drake University in a surprise ceremony staged by his friends in a coffee group.

JAMAICA, Iowa (AP) – A central Iowa mayor and her husband have been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say they found a marijuana growing operation in the couple’s basement. The Des Moines Register reports that 50-year-old Jamaica Mayor LaDonna Kennedy and her husband, 58-year-old Randy Kennedy, were arrested Wednesday night and charged with manufacture with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of failure to affix a drug stamp.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A central Iowa landowner who claims she wasn’t paid enough by oil pipeline builder Dakota Access to compensate her for damage to her farmland has won a $250,000 jury verdict in Iowa court. Judith Lamb, who owns 150 acres near Ames, says the $90,100 a county compensation board gave her to allow the pipeline to run through her land isn’t enough.

Wisconsin News

BARRON, Wis. (AP) – The man suspected of kidnapping Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs and killing her parents apparently applied for a job online the day that Jayme escaped – and lied about his work experience. Jake Patterson is charged with kidnapping and homicide in an Oct. 15 attack at the Closs home in northwestern Wisconsin. In a resume provided by Saratoga Liquor Co., Patterson claimed nine months in the Marines. The Marines said Patterson washed out after about five weeks of basic training.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge has struck down early-voting restrictions Wisconsin Republicans enacted in a lame-duck legislative session last year. U.S. District Judge James Peterson ruled Thursday that the restrictions violate injunctions he issued in 2016. He says the lame-duck limits are clearly inconsistent with the earlier injunctions. The GOP legislation came after the liberal cities of Milwaukee and Madison held early voting for six weeks, far longer than smaller more conservative cities.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says it’s “too early to tell” whether Republicans will accept changes sought by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to a bill guaranteeing health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Evers met Thursday with Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to discuss the measure. Vos responded to a shouted question as he walked into Fitzgerald’s office later Thursday.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay, Wisconsin, diocese has released the names of more than 40 clergy members with substantiated allegations they sexually abused a minor The diocese posted the names of 46 clergy on its website Thursday. Bishop David Ricken apologized at a news conference to the 98 known victims of sexual abuse by the clergy in the diocese since 1906. Ricken called for any other victims to come forward. The diocese has conducted an internal investigation since September to identify the clergy members.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – The former Chicago police officer convicted in October of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. Jason Van Dyke will likely go to prison for several years, if not decades. On Thursday, the judge rejected allegations that three of Van Dyke’s colleagues tried to stage a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen.

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) – Funeral services will be held for an Illinois State Police trooper who was struck and killed by a vehicle as he responded to a crash in suburban Chicago during a snowstorm. Trooper Christopher Lambert was heading home on Interstate 294 last Saturday when he stopped and got out of his squad car to respond to a three-vehicle crash. Services for the 34-year-old Army veteran who grew up in Dayton, Ohio, are scheduled for Friday at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois officials say the state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.3 percent in December. The Illinois Department of Employment Security also announced Thursday that nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 14,000 jobs based on preliminary data. The November unemployment rate was 4.2 percent. IDES also adjusted November jobs gains upward from about 6,000 jobs to 8,000.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – A man indicted last year with 14 others for being members of Peoria’s Bomb Squad street gang has pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering charges. Terry Moss admitted to attempted murder in aid of racketeering; use of a firearm in relation to a violent crime; and to possession and distribution of crack cocaine. The Journal Star in Peoria reports the 23-year-old Moss pleaded guilty in the courtroom of Chief U.S. District Judge James Shadid, who set sentencing for Aug. 8.