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June 2, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa primary voters are deciding Tuesday whether Republicans will stick with conservative lightning rod Steve King in the state’s conservative northwest after a series of setbacks for the congressman known for incendiary remarks about immigrants and white supremacy. Stripped of his committee assignments and national Republican campaign backing, King faces five challengers including one backed by the GOP establishment. Meanwhile, Des Moines businesswoman Theresa Greenfield soaking up attention and money in the four way Democratic primary to challenge Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, whose approval has slipped in the last year.


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Relatives of a 22-year-old woman say she was shot and killed while leaving a protest against police brutality outside a Walmart store in Davenport. Italia Marie Kelly was one of two people fatally shot overnight as civil unrest roiled the city. Kelly’s aunt says she joined a protest late Sunday over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding Kelly’s death. No arrests have been made. Police say dozens of people gathered at a mall late Sunday then fanned out across Davenport, firing guns and damaging businesses. One officer was wounded in a shooting.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst. The endeavor was once viewed as a long shot. But Ernst’s slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national Democrats behind one of the four has the race receiving a second look. For now, Ernst still is in a strong position heading into the fall. But as Democrats are increasingly bullish about their prospects in places such as Arizona and Colorado, the Iowa race is getting renewed attention as a potential battleground that could help the party regain the Senate majority.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are investigating the death of a man on the city’s south side as a homicide. Police were call about 5:40 p.m. Monday to a home to investigate a report of a suicide. The officers who arrived found the body of an adult man but police say the death didn’t appear to be a suicide. Detectives were investigating the death as a homicide. Police say it’s the 12th homicide in Des Moines this year.

Illinois News

June 2, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Vandalism and unrest arising from protests over police brutality are moving into some neighborhoods and suburbs as city centers lock down. That’s leaving communities that had felt insulated from early unrest more fearful and vulnerable. Vandals robbed malls and shopping centers in communities outside Chicago’s downtown. They stormed stores across the San Francisco Bay in apparently coordinated smash-and-grabs. Banks and a sleek, modern office building were burned to the ground in a San Diego suburb. Many blame the mayhem on opportunists rather than those protesting police brutality in the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.


CHICAGO (AP) — Officials in the Chicago suburb of Cicero say two people were killed during unrest as protests continued over the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. Town spokesman Ray Hanania said in addition to the deaths, 60 people were arrested Monday. He didn’t provide additional information about those killed. Protesters also marched in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, where after a peaceful gathering some protesters defied a local curfew Monday night and broke windows on downtown businesses.


CHICAGO (AP) — The message from protesters around the United States is that George Floyd is the latest addition to a grim roster of African Americans to be killed by police. In demonstration after demonstration, protesters are carrying signs that include the names of other blacks whose lives ended violently in encounters with police. They point out that Floyd is part of a larger story about police brutality and racism and that his death is a reminder of the dangers facing African Americans from California to Florida and from New York to Texas.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Illinois man who allegedly said he was traveling to Minneapolis to “riot” after the death of George Floyd has been charged with federal counts. Twenty-eight-year-old Matthew Lee Rupert of Galesburg is charged with civil disorder, rioting and possession of unregistered destructive devices. An FBI affidavit says Rupert posted videos to his Facebook page last week that showed him in Minneapolis, handing out explosives to others. Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, despite Floyd saying he couldn’t breathe. The charges come as civic leaders nationwide have blamed outsiders for bringing trouble into their communities.

Wisconsin News

June 2, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Protests continue across Wisconsin, with marchers stopping traffic in downtown Madison after a night of violence in the capital city that resulted in 15 arrests, more damages to businesses and the spraying of tear gas by police. Like in many places across the country, demonstrations over the death of George Floyd across Wisconsin have been mostly peaceful. But there has also vandalism and confrontations with police, continuing a weekend of unrest both in the state and across the country in reaction to Floyd’s death. Volunteers in Milwaukee and Madison also took to the streets on Monday, as they had on Sunday, to clean up damage from the night before.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case seeking to purge about 129,000 voter registrations from the rolls ahead of the November presidential election after previously deadlocking on whether to get involved. Democrats oppose the voter purge, arguing it is intended to make it more difficult for their voters to cast ballots. Conservatives who brought the lawsuit argue that the integrity of the vote is at stake, saying that when records indicate voters may have moved, their registrations should be deactivated. The case is closely watched in battleground Wisconsin. President Donald Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has appointed three new University of Wisconsin System regents. Evers announced Monday that he has chosen Amy Bogust, Corey Saffold and Kyle Weatherly to the board. They replace Jan Mueller, Jason Plante and Torrey Tiedeman. Their terms all expired on May 1. Bogust is an attorney who earned her undergraudate degree at UW-Madison. Saffold will serve as the non-traditional student regent. He attends UW-Whitewater, where he studies criminology. Weatherly is the CEO of home-sharing company Frontdesk.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The percentage of new positive COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin continues a downward trend. The latest figures from the state Department of Health Services show that 4% of all tests reported Monday were positive. That is the third smallest total in the past two weeks. In total, just over 18,500 people have tested positive in Wisconsin and 595 have died. That was up by three from Sunday. Only about 3,600 tests were reported Monday. That was about half of the 7,300 tests reported on Sunday and more than three times less that the 13,500 that were done on Friday.