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August 18, 2019

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) – A man and woman who confined the man’s son in a basement in central Iowa have each been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The Des Moines Register reports that 31-year-old Alex Shadlow and his girlfriend, 40-year-old Traci Tyler, were sentenced Friday. Prosecutors say Tyler and Shadlow in the summer of 2017 locked his 8-year-old son in a space beneath the basement stairs of their Ackley home, where he had no access to a bathroom and food was withheld.

IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) – A man Iowa authorities say was intoxicated when his vehicle crashed into another, killing three men, has pleaded not guilty to charges in the case. The Sioux City Journal reports that 21-year-old Ryan Childers, of Odebolt, entered the written plea Friday in Ida County District Court to three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of serious injury by motor vehicle. Authorities say Childers was driving a pickup truck the wrong way in March when he hit a car head-on.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A homeless shelter in downtown Des Moines is building a 24-unit, $4.3 million apartment building made out of shipping containers for the chronically homeless. The Des Moines Register reports that Central Iowa Shelter and Services was recently awarded $2.7 million from the National Housing Trust Fund program and the Iowa Finance Authority to complete the project. It will be built in the water retention basin just south of the shelter, where homeless have frequently set up tents.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Elizabeth Warren and at least six other Democratic White House hopefuls are due to meet with tribal leaders and members in Iowa next week on issues of concern to Native American voters. Warren has sought to mend relations with these voters since apologizing to the Cherokee Nation early this year. That was after she pointed to DNA test results as evidence of her tribal heritage. Warren is expected to face scrutiny at the Sioux City forum over how she addresses that issue.

Illinois News

August 18, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) – Sweeping Trump administration changes would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, as well as food stamps and other forms of public assistance. Health experts worry that could lead to rising costs and low-income migrants foregoing needed medical services. Overall, non-citizen low-income immigrants use public benefits at a much lower rate than low-income U.S.-born citizens, but there’s the possibility that millions of people could drop benefits out of fear or confusion.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) – Illinois says a company that provides water to a Chicago suburb caused lead to contaminate drinking water. Attorney General Kwame Raoul sued Aqua Illinois Friday over water supplied to University Park, a village of nearly 7,000 residents. The suit says Aqua Illinois switched the village’s water source from wells to the Kankakee River in 2017. It alleges a chemical added to address residents’ complaints about the taste removed a protective layer in plumbing, causing lead to leach into the water.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois’ newest specialty license plate will raise money to fight pediatric cancer. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation Thursday to create the license plate. The plates will fund research of pediatric cancer and cancer treatment at the Cancer Center of Illinois, a center run by the University of Illinois.

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) – A steel company has apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan. ArcelorMittal issued a statement Friday night saying it “apologizes and accepts responsibility for the incident from the Burns Harbor facility.” The fish kill occurred near a yacht club and marina in Portage.

Wisconsin News

August 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Grafton School District is asking a federal court to overturn a decision by a state administrative law judge that forced it to pay $78,000 a year in tuition, plus expenses, to send a student to a boarding school that specializes in learning disabilities. The federal lawsuit argues that Judge Sally Pederson erred in July in finding that Grafton failed to provide a now 17-year-old student with the free and appropriate public education required by state and federal law.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers says he believes Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes has been “truthful” about whether he graduated from college. Isthmus newspaper published an interview with Barnes earlier this month in which Barnes volunteered that he didn’t graduate from Alabama A&M University because he hadn’t finished a course.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers is creating a new office to help achieve his goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Evers included the goal in his state budget in March. Republicans on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee erased the proposal from the final spending plan.

CHETEK, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in northwestern Wisconsin are investigating the death of a teenager who was hit by a falling tree while helping with storm cleanup. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says it happened Friday at a residence outside of Chetek. He says the preliminary investigation shows the teen was assisting in storm cleanup with a large group of people, when he did not see a tree coming down and it stuck him.