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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man was injured in a fire that destroyed a detached garage at his home in Cedar Rapids. Firefighters were dispatched to the residence a little before 4 p.m. Saturday. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says Aaron Wyatt was working on a vehicle in the garage when the blaze broke out. He was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Government documents and emails show Iowa’s top 4-H leader was fired earlier this year after a proposed policy discouraging discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender was withdrawn. The Des Moines Register reports that it reviewed more than 500 pages of communication that show Iowa 4-H director John-Paul Chaisson-C├írdenas was fired after he fought pressure to drop the policy.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Navy says it has commissioned the USS Sioux City into service. The Navy said in a news release that the combat ship was placed into active service on Saturday at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Plans for the USS Sioux City were announced in 2012. It was built at as shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) – Preliminary autopsy results show four people who died in a small plane crash in central Iowa earlier this month were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Television station KCCI reports that the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office report said all the victims died from “multiple blunt force injuries in the setting of carbon monoxide toxicity.” The crash happened the night of Nov. 9 after plane passengers reported the pilot had had an apparent heart attack.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin spent nearly $3 million on highly targeted digital ads focused on everything from dairy farmers to marijuana smokers during her successful re-election effort. Her campaign manager Scott Spector tells The Associated Press that approach provides a road map to victory for future candidates, especially during the 2020 presidential race. Baldwin beat Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir by about 10 points.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A 2018 graduate of Brown University from Milwaukee is a U.S. Rhodes scholar. The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced that Rhea Stark is among 32 men and women chosen from a group of 880 applicants for studies beginning next fall at Oxford University in England. Stark graduated from Brown with a perfect academic record. As an archaeologist and researcher, she aims to uncover buried histories by highlighting the narratives of everyday people, especially women and people of color.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A prison near Madison is giving inmates access to a Wisconsin Job Center to help them prepare for life after their release. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that Oakhill Correctional Institution inmates can use the center’s computers with limited internet access to build resumes, search and apply for jobs, and set up interviews via email. A center official says the center has been operational for a few weeks and at least one inmate has already found success.

EVANSVILLE, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have identified a 21-year-old Evansville man who was killed in an apparent hit-and-run over the weekend. The Rock County Medical Examiner’s Department on Sunday identified the victim as William Church. Preliminary autopsy results confirm Church died of injuries suffered when he was struck by a vehicle. Authorities found Church’s body in the middle of a highway in Union Township early Saturday. Investigators say the driver left and had not been located as of Saturday.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge has given a green light to a transgender performance artist’s lawsuit challenging a Chicago ordinance prohibiting women but not men from exposing breasts in certain public venues. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports the ruling rejects a city request to toss the suit. The judge’s ruling says one legitimate question is whether the ordinance is too vague

CHICAGO (AP) – The city of Chicago will put on display 132 pairs of shoes representing the 132 people who were killed in traffic collisions in the city last year. The Chicago Tribune reports that the event will be held on Monday in Federal Plaza. The event is being held in conjunction with the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims that’s been held the third Sunday in November around the world since 1995.

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago’s Planning Commission has approved a $200 million development in North Lawndale. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that officials hope the project will help transform the west side neighborhood. The first phase is expected to start in the spring on 10 acres of mostly vacant land. About 120,000 square feet of commercial and retail space would be created. Hundreds of rental units would follow.

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) – A Southern Illinois University official says one of the Carbondale campus’s iconic 17-story towers will reopen to students next fall. The Southern Illinoisan reports that the university has decided to close University Hall and reopen Neely Hall. Neely Hall was one of three high rise dorms that were closed for the 2018-2019 school year after an enrollment decline left the university unable to fill them.