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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 22 for a Sioux City man accused of biting his baby daughter on the face. Court records say 23-year-old Edward Valdez has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment resulting in injury. A court document says Valdez told an officer he bit the 7-week-old girl’s right cheek in frustration when she wouldn’t stop crying. The document says the bite left a white mark that lasted several days

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – President Trump’s putdown of wind energy at his Iowa rally has been denounced across the state which has been a national leader in wind generation. Trump was talking up his support for coal during his rally in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday night when he said: “I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories.” He paused before adding, “as the birds fall to the ground.” Politicians and environmentalists criticized the remark.

ESTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Police say a car drove through the front glass doors of a grocery store in northwestern Iowa, injuring two people. Television station KCAU reports the crash happened just before 9 a.m. Thursday at the Estherville Hy-Vee grocery. Officers determined the driver was trying to leave the parking lot when he accelerated and drove into store. The car then spun around inside the store and hit a steel support beam before stopping.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities have charged an Urbandale couple with kidnapping and neglect in the case of a disabled woman in their care who suffered severe chemical burns. Fifty-one-year-old Katrina Joy Eubanks and 55-year-old Garry Eubanks are being held in a Florida jail awaiting extradition to Iowa. Police say Katrina Eubanks, a hired caregiver, bathed the 19-year-old woman in bleach and Epsom salt on May 28 in her home, and later with her husband took the woman to Florida before seeking medical help.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Prosecutors say they’ll seek to reverse an appeals court decision that the confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was improperly obtained and that he should be retried or freed. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach’s death two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle rape and kill her. Dassey was 16 then and suffered from cognitive problems.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A federal judge says that Wisconsin’s juvenile prison for boys is a “troubled institution” that overuses segregation, pepper spray and shackles on inmates. But U.S. District Judge James Peterson said Thursday he doesn’t know if the answer is to immediately bar those practices like the American Civil Liberties Union and Juvenile Law Center is asking. Peterson says he wants to maintain safety at the prisons and he doesn’t want to overreach with whatever he orders.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Firefighters had to rescue a man after his minivan became wedged in a drawbridge in downtown Green Bay. Officials say the van got stuck between one of the opening spans and the fixed roadway on the Walnut Street Bridge early Thursday. Firefighters worried the van could fall through the opening, so they cut a hole in the van’s roof and pulled the man through the hole. He was not hurt. The bridge was not damaged.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A top high school basketball recruit pays an unofficial visit to Marquette this weekend. Joey Hauser is a six-foot-eight forward from Stevens Point who has helped the Panthers to three straight Division 1 state championships.

Illinois News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Legislature is holding another day of a special session with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders still at odds over an elusive budget deal. Lawmakers will meet Friday for the third straight day of a session that could continue through month’s end. Rauner called the session to try to force a deal before July 1, when Illinois could enter its third fiscal year without a budget.

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) – Southeastern Illinois College has received a $2.5 million donation for a new art museum on its Harrisburg campus. SIC President Jonah Rice announced the contribution from Retired Air Force Colonel William Hise and the estate of his late twin brother Air Force Brigadier General James Hise on Thursday. The money will fund a regional art museum in honor of the men’s sister, Ella Elizabeth Hise. She was a longtime teacher and art supervisor for Harrisburg Public Schools.

CHICAGO (AP) – An appellate court has criticized verbal jousting between a defense attorney and a lower court judge during a fraud trial. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Avalon Betts-Gaston got a fair trial in 2015 despite friction between attorney Jennifer Bonjean and Judge Charles Norgle. Its opinion cites Bonjean once suggesting in court that the judge was on the side of prosecutors, asking if he wanted to take off his robe and “do the government’s job.”

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois residents are being warned to beware of rabid animals after more than two dozen rabid bats have been reported in the state this year. In a news release, the Illinois Department of Public Health is offering tips on what to do to minimize their chances of being bitten by a rabid animal and what to do when they come across bats and other animals that carry the virus.