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DECORAH, Iowa (AP) – A group that keeps an eye on the eagle population in Iowa says two eaglets at a nest in Decorah have died. Television station KCRG reports that a pathogen carried by blackflies, coupled with recent high heat and humidity, led to the baby birds’ deaths. The Raptor Resource project says the birds were hatched on May 18 and May 20, considered late for eagles.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Trial has been set later this summer for a Texas man shot by a Council Bluffs officer after allegedly leading police on a chase and ramming police vehicles. The Daily Nonpareil reports that a preliminary hearing was held Friday for 28-year-old Clifton Wade, of Zavalla, Texas. Wade is charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault on an officer and other counts for the May 1 incident. Wade’s arraignment has been set for June 25, and his trial is set for July 31.

FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) – After losing an extended legal battle, a company is refusing to remove three wind turbines in northeast Iowa and is asking a court to reconsider a 2016 order and allow the structures to remain. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the Mason Wind, Dante Wind 6, Venus Wind 4 and Galileo Wind have also filed a new zoning application seeking a variance from Fayette County’s board of adjustment which would legalize the existing project.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – With summer heat already ratcheting up in Iowa, organizations in the state are preparing to help keep low-income families cool. In Des Moines, IMPACT Community Action Partnership and the Des Moines Fire Department are collecting new fans to distribute to low-income families within the city who do not have working fans or air conditioning in their homes. In Cedar Rapids, the Salvation Army will begin taking phone calls on Tuesday to schedule an appointment to receive a box fan.


Wisconsin News

HAZELHURST, Wis. (AP) – It may be months before federal investigators determine what caused a deadly medical helicopter to crash in northern Wisconsin last month. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Ascension Spirit 2 flight crashed April 26 in Hazelhurst, killing three crew members. The Eurocopter AS 350 was provided by Air Methods. A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says the single-engine helicopter clipped a 70-foot tree and crashed in a wooded area.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee’s police chief has confirmed the discipline for three officers in the arrest of Bucks player Sterling Brown. Chief Alfonso Morales said Friday that one officer was suspended for 15 days, a second was suspended for 10 days and a third for two days. Morales also says eight officers will receive a policy review. Police used a stun gun on Brown when officers detained him for a parking violation in January. Video of Brown’s arrest was publicly released Wednesday.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An environmental law center is challenging the approval of a plan to divert water from Lake Michigan for the new Foxconn plant. Midwest Environmental Advocates filed a petition Friday challenging the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ decision to approve a plan to pull millions of gallons of water from the lake daily. Foxconn began initial work on the site of its $10 billion plant in Mount Pleasant earlier this month. A DNR spokesman says the agency hasn’t yet reviewed the court filing.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – A prosecutor says no charges will be filed against five Appleton police officers involved in a man’s deadly shooting earlier this month. Outagamie County District Attorney Melinda Tempelis said Friday that the man had pointed a shotgun toward officers and urged them to fire at him. Tempelis says the officers feared “imminent death or great bodily harm,” and that their use of deadly force was justified. Fifty-year-old David Robinson was shot by police outside his Appleton home on May 7.


Illinois News

GLEN CARBON, Ill. (AP) – Authorities in southwestern Illinois say they have a suspect in custody after swastikas were found spray-painted on several homes and dozens of grave markers at a nearby cemetery. Edwardsville police announced on Facebook that a 34-year-old man was apprehended on Saturday. Additional information on the suspect was not immediately available. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports employees at Sunset Hill Cemetery in neighboring Glen Carbon found swastikas on 150 to 200 headstones and markers.

CHICAGO (AP) – The state of Illinois says hot weather could make the air unhealthy for the rest of the holiday weekend. An air pollution alert has been extended to Sunday and Monday. Air quality in Chicago and surrounding counties has reached the orange category, which means it’s unhealthy for certain people with breathing problems. Ground-level ozone is high.

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago artist has started a project to show disparities among residents while bringing them together for conversation. The Chicago Tribune reports that Tonika Johnson’s “Folded Map” multimedia exhibit features residents from opposite sides of the city. It examines economic, racial and other types of segregation. The exhibit will open July 3 at Loyola University Museum of Art.

CHICAGO (AP) – A suburban Chicago man who fled to Mexico two years ago before he was charged with federal drug crimes has been captured and returned to the United States. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Rolando Estrada of Elmwood Park is suspected of importing a fentanyl analogue from China. He’s charged with distributing, controlling and possessing drugs.