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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A woman who reported being sexually harassed by a trooper says an Iowa State Patrol captain failed to act on her complaint. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show legislative security coordinator Shawn Ferguson told Capt. Mark Logsdon that she was frightened by Trooper Wade Karp and wanted to be protected from him. Ferguson says Karp sent her repeated Facebook messages seeking a romantic relationship, but that Logsdon told her to confront Karp on her own.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A former candidate for Iowa governor says he will not resign his Iowa Senate seat over old allegations of sexual misconduct. Nate Boulton, a Democrat from Des Moines, released a statement Monday saying he intends to serve out his four-year term that expires in 2020. Boulton was one of the leading candidates for governor. He left the race days before the June 5 primary after The Des Moines Register reported that three women alleged he touched them inappropriately several years ago.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) – A judge has sentenced an Iowa man to 50 years in prison for the death of his infant daughter. Judge Timothy Finn sentenced 30-year-old Calvin C. White of Nevada to the prison term Monday after his guilty plea last month to child endangerment causing death. He admitted using pillows to suffocate his daughter, Salena, on Jan. 29. She died at a hospital. Soon after, White tried to kill himself by being struck by a train, but he survived. He could be eligible for parole after 15 years.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines will spend up to $11.5 million on voluntary buyouts of home severely damaged by flooding in June. The Des Moines Register reports the City Council on Monday OKed the spending for buyouts of homes damaged after rains in late June swamped parts of Des Moines. Officials say about 80 homes must be demolished, and more than 1,900 homes took on water during the storms. The final cost likely will be higher. City Manager Scott Sanders said, “In no way do I believe this is the final amount.”


Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Mega-donors on opposite sides of the Republican U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin are planning what appears to be a unity fundraiser three days after the Aug. 14 primary. The conservative website RightWisconsin first reported on the fundraiser Monday. The chairs of the event are Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks and Illinois billionaire Richard Uihlein. Hendricks backs state Sen. Leah Vukmir in the Senate primary while Uihlein is behind Kevin Nicholson.

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) – Police say they’ll soon decide whether to recommend prosecutors file charges in connection with a natural gas explosion that killed a Wisconsin firefighter. Authorities say a construction crew struck a gas main in downtown Sun Prairie on July 10, resulting in an explosion.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker raised nearly $5.5 million over the past six months for his re-election campaign and has nearly $6 million cash on hand. His campaign reported the latest numbers Monday. While the figures far exceed what any of the eight Democrats challenging him have brought in so far, they are down from what Walker raised over the same period four years ago when he was last up for re-election.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A woman who says she attended Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign launch event in 2015 and posted a picture of herself with him has been charged with being a covert agent for Russia inside the U.S. Federal prosecutors announced the arrest of Maria Butina on Monday. She’s been charged with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian government and accused of working to infiltrate American political organizations, including the National Rifle Association.


Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago Police Department spokesman disputed the suggestion by a community activist that police officers don’t have the right to stop someone they suspect is carrying a firearm. Spokesman Tom Ahern would not discuss the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Harith Augustus beyond what Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Sunday when he released body camera footage of Saturday’s shooting.

URBANA, Ill. (AP) – A University of Illinois student has been charged with disorderly conduct after authorities say he called police to report a man with a gun, then pointed a pellet gun at responding officers before they shot him. The News-Gazette reports 23-year-old Samuel Applebaum of Flossmoor pleaded not guilty to the charge on Monday.

SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. (AP) – Authorities say two boys ages 11 and 13 are responsible for more than $100,000 in damage at the Fox River Trolley Museum in suburban Chicago. The South Elgin museum says in a statement that dozens of windows were broken sometime between July 4 to July 7 and additional damage was done to eight cars.

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) – Northern Illinois University trustees have voted their preference to be the next president of the school. Seven trustees attending Monday’s special meeting voted in favor of a resolution naming Acting President Lisa Freeman as their pick for university president. One trustee didn’t attend the meeting. Board chairman Wheeler Coleman said the board is convinced Freeman is the “right person to lead the university going forward.”