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AUDUBON, Iowa (AP) – Downpours have prompted authorities to issue flash flood warnings for some parts of western Iowa. The National Weather Service said Monday morning that radar shows 6 inches or more of rain has fallen in many areas.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A man who had been sought since allegedly killing a puppy by snapping its neck during a dispute last month about Wi-Fi in Des Moines, Iowa, has been arrested on animal-abuse charges. KCCI reports that 25-year-old Christopher Vogel was taken into custody Saturday. Police say Vogel went to a friend’s apartment and asked the neighbors if he could use their Wi-Fi password, then killed the neighbors’ 12-week-old corgi when they refused his request.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – A man who hit a church with a car while trying to elude police in north-central Iowa’s Mason City has been sentenced to about a year and a half in jail. KIMT reports that 31-year-old Daniel Solano of Mason City also was fined $630 and ordered to pay restitution to the church. Solano pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree theft and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

AMES, Iowa (AP) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held this week for the newly completed Ames, Iowa, water-treatment plant. The ceremony and open house will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. Mayor Ann Campbell, current and former City Council members, state agency representatives and other elected officials will participate in the ribbon cutting. Following the ceremony, tours of the facility will be provided, exhibits and displays will showcase the water treatment process, and an art exhibit will be on display.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca is drawing criticism from inside his party after joining Republicans in voting for a $3 billion tax incentive package for electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that Democratic state Rep. Lisa Subeck of Madison told Barca on Friday that she was “incredibly frustrated and concerned” with comments he made at a news conference immediately after the Foxconn vote.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A federal appeals court says a Wisconsin man who was wrongly imprisoned for 23 years can sue the detective and two dentists he says conspired to frame him with bogus bite-mark evidence. The Journal Sentinel reported that the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 6-4 in favor of Robert Lee Stinson. The outcome reversed an earlier decision by a three-judge panel of the court.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota is giving up efforts to reach a tax reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin. The state of Minnesota will give its residents who cross the border a tax credit to make up for the higher Wisconsin taxes. That tax credit will be in effect for 2017. It is estimated that it will cost the state more than $8 million. An estimated 24,000 Minnesotans work in Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died while he was in custody at the Dane County Jail. Thirty-three-year-old Preston Valliant, of Madison, died Friday at a local hospital. Authorities say a preliminary autopsy did not show a clear cause of death or any evidence of inflicted injury.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – A former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee accused of killing a man as part of what prosecutors called a sexual fantasy have another court date scheduled this week in Chicago. Ex-microbiology professor Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren have a hearing set for Tuesday, when a judge will be assigned to oversee the case. Both men are charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Lathem’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A coalition of groups in Springfield is looking at starting a bicycle-sharing program in Illinois’ capital city. The State Journal-Register reports the goal is to make Springfield more bicycle-friendly and provide recreational opportunities for tourists and residents. The coalition is pursuing the idea of having sponsorships from local businesses or grants fund the program and civic groups manage it. Organizers could choose a vendor as soon as this fall.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Illinois researchers hope that Monday’s solar eclipse sheds light on how sudden atmospheric changes can change the weather. The Illinois State Water Survey says its researchers will use equipment to collect temperature and other data before, during and after the eclipse. Scientists say if the eclipse can help understand the influence of sudden changes, then that could improve models that predict the weather.

GLENCOE, Ill. (AP) – A solar-eclipse event in suburban Chicago won’t just offer a spectacle for attendees’ eyes. It’ll simultaneously offer something for their ears. A work entitled “Eclipse,” by composer Mischa Zupko, will be performed Monday at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe as the moon crosses between the earth and the sun. Zupko says a cello and a violin play separate, distinctive lines at the start of the four-minute piece. But they slowly merge to sound as one.