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WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man was flown to a hospital after a train struck his car in eastern Iowa. The crash occurred around 1 p.m. Sunday in the West Liberty. The driver was alone in his vehicle. He was taken to an Iowa City hospital. His name hasn’t been released. West Liberty Police Chief Kary Kinmonth says the flashing red crossing lights were operating when the crash occurred.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – One of two cousins charged with killing a gender-nonconforming Iowa teenager is scheduled to stand trial in a case that is considered a possible hate crime. The March 2016 death of 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson stunned the city of Burlington, where he was a popular high school junior. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has brought attention to the case by assigning a federal prosecutor to help local and state authorities.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A performing arts group wants to buy and refurbish a historic building in downtown Sioux City, with plans for a 200-plus seat theater, cabaret-style bar and classrooms. The Sioux City Journal reports that the Sioux City Council will decide on Monday whether to approve the Lamb Arts Regional Theatre’s project. The theater is seeking approval for a development agreement that would award it a $350,000 loan to buy the property from a private owner.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Democrats have elected a new leader in the state Senate. State Sen. Janet Petersen of Des Moines was chosen Sunday to be the new Democratic leader of the Iowa Senate.

Wisconsin News

MAZOMANIE, Wis. (AP) – A man was killed and a woman seriously injured when their motorcycle collided with a deer in the town of Mazomanie. The Dane County sheriff’s office says the 61-year-old man and a 60-year-old female passenger were thrown from their motorcycle when the crash happened just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 78. Both of them were unresponsive when first responders arrived. The man died on the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital by helicopter with life-threatening injuries.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities say a man was injured in a shooting near the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee. The shooting happened just after 6 p.m. Saturday. Marquette police say the victim was not affiliated with university. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital with injuries. Police say there is no threat to the Marquette campus.

CALEDONIA, Wis. (AP) – Police have arrested a Racine man after a bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash in southeastern Wisconsin. The 39-year-old victim was on a bicycle ride with his son when the man was struck Friday night in Caledonia. the man was riding his bike in the roadway while his 15-year-old son rode on the sidewalk alongside him. The man died at a Racine hospital. Police impounded the suspect vehicle and took the driver into custody. Police say he faces pending charges of hit-and-run causing death.

MILTON, Wis. (AP) – Neighbors came to help with the harvest after a 76-year-old farmer in southern Wisconsin died at home with corn still standing in his fields. The Janesville Gazette reports that Milton farmers gathered to help Jeff McNally harvest the family’s crops following his father’s death. Tom McNally died on Oct. 16. Besides serving in the U.S. Army and studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tom McNally spent his whole life farming.

Illinois News

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) – Four of the five Wheaton College football players charged with battery against one of their teammates are scheduled to be arraigned. The players are to appear before a DuPage County judge Monday morning. They’re accused of duct-taping the teammate’s hands and feet and attempting to sodomize him with an object before dumping him half-naked in an off-campus park. The five players were suspended from the team after charges were filed.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Springfield City Council will consider a declaration that Abraham Lincoln’s hometown is a “Welcoming City” to immigrants and refugees. Alderwoman Kristin DiCenso is sponsoring the proposal. It wouldn’t make Springfield a “sanctuary city.” DiCenso says people from all over the globe “come here to learn and contribute to the community” and the city should ensure they feel welcome.

CHICAGO (AP) – The 2018 Illinois governor’s race is on pace to be the most expensive in U.S. history, propelled by a wealthy Republican incumbent and a billionaire Democrat. J.B. Pritzker, one of the world’s richest people, is among several Democrats trying to defeat multimillionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner. Both Pritzker and Rauner have been airing TV ads more than a year before Election Day. Combined, all of the candidates have raised more than $100 million in the past year.

ROCHESTER, Ill. (AP) – A simple wooden box reportedly made from a tree stump on which Abraham Lincoln gave one of his first political speeches has been donated to a central Illinois historical society. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that Lincoln made the speech in Rochester in 1832 as he campaigned for the Illinois House. A Missouri man, Terry Campbell, presented the box to the Rochester Historical Preservation Society Friday on behalf of the Campbell family.