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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa congressman has said in a sworn statement that a company he failed to disclose wasn’t “doing business” in 2016, despite evidence to the contrary. In an amended disclosure, Rep. Rod Blum lists himself as the majority shareholder and director of Tin Moon Corp. The Associated Press reported a day earlier that Blum violated House ethics rules by failing to list his ties to Tin Moon in his form submitted last August.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers’ concerns about the state’s privatized Medicaid program amid reports of problems haven’t translated into much legislation so far. Just a handful of bills that would make selective changes to the health care program for the poor and disabled advanced beyond a legislative deadline last week. The proposals don’t address key issues surrounding reports of reduced services and delayed reimbursements to health care providers.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa doctor has been ordered to pay a $5,000 penalty and has been placed on three years’ probation in an agreement with the Iowa Board of Medicine to settle sexual misconduct charges filed against him. The Sioux City Journal reports that Jeffrey Zoelle entered the agreement Feb. 15. The board ordered Zoelle to complete a board-approved sexual misconduct/sexual harassment evaluation, among other things.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Republican-led Iowa Senate panel has given preliminary approval to a bill that would make sweeping changes to the state’s tax system. Republicans in a five-member Senate subcommittee agreed Thursday morning to sign off on the legislation, which GOP lawmakers say would cut more than $1 billion annually in taxes. A tax writing committee is expected to approve the bill in the afternoon. A key Senate Republican says the bill could have a full vote in the chamber next week.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly has adjourned, with no plans to return this year. The Assembly adjourned early Friday morning after passing Gov. Scott Walker’s $100 per-child tax rebate, a tax incentive package for consumer products maker Kimberly-Clark and a host of other bills, including one to revoke the driver’s license of four-time drunken drivers. Assembly leaders say they have no intention of returning this year.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Ousted Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Tim Burns is endorsing Rebecca Dallet in the general election over the conservative candidate Michael Screnock. Both Burns and Dallet had competed for liberal voters but Dallet defeated him in Tuesday’s primary. Screnock got the most votes and both he and Dallet will face off on April 3. Burns on Thursday sent an email to his supporters urging them to support Dallet and donate to her campaign to defeat Screnock.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir is quizzing Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin about her vote against a Republican tax overhaul bill in Congress. Vukmir attended a Baldwin lunch Thursday hosted by She asked Baldwin about the recently approved tax bill during a question and answer period after Baldwin spoke. Baldwin says she opposes the tax bill because tax cuts for the middle class are temporary and out of proportion to benefits to large companies.

ROSSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Indiana State Police say there are no survivors after a small plane carrying at least three people crashed in southern Carroll County. Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby says a Cessna 441 Conquest Turboprop that had taken off from the Eagle Creek Airport in Indianapolis and was headed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, crashed in a rural area about three miles north of Rossville. Investigators say everyone on board was killed, though they have not yet determined the exact number of victims.

Illinois News

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) – A Bloomington, Illinois man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the death of his infant son. Ryan Howard admitted to causing the child’s serious injuries in 2011 that led to the infant’s death nine months later. The state filed the murder charges in 2016 after reopening an investigation into the case. The state vacated an aggravated battery conviction and Howard will receive credit for the 2,517 days served on the initial charge.

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Tollway has a new executive director. The tollway board of directors on Thursday named former Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Gorman to the post effective March 1. As executive director, Goramn will oversee Illinois’ nearly 300-mile tollway system and the agency’s $1.45 billion annual budget. She will replace Greg Bedalov, who left this month to become the head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – Police in northern Illinois say the bodies of two missing people were found in a park and a third person reported missing has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Rockford police said the bodies of 22-year-old Danielle Son and her 25-year-old boyfriend Sergio Quiroz were found Thursday morning. Police say Son’s estranged husband, 26-year-old Hand Son, was involved in a police pursuit Thursday before he crashed and officers heard a single gunshot. He was found dead in the vehicle.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Advocates for gun control have renewed their push to require Illinois firearm stores to get state licenses, saying federal regulations don’t go far enough to ensure sales are handled properly. The Chicago Tribune reports that the state Senate last year advanced legislation to license gun dealers, but it stalled in the House due to opposition from gun rights groups. Democrats in the Senate have advanced legislation to limit the cost of licensing fees to $1,000 for a five-year period.