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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Kim Reynolds says she has decided not to appeal an Iowa judge’s ruling last month that struck down Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion law, which would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. Reynolds says it was “an extremely difficult decision” but is the right one for the state and for those who oppose abortion.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – An Illinois woman has claimed the $2 million she won in the Iowa Lottery Powerball game. The Iowa Lottery says 49-year-old Lisa Hays turned in her winning ticket Monday at lottery headquarters in Clive. Hays, who lives in Monmouth, Illinois, says she bought the ticket while shopping at the Hy-Vee store on Agency Street in Burlington. Hays told lottery officials that she intends to buy a house and a new car with her winnings and set some aside for retirement.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats hoping to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020 are courting the party’s famous freshmen. It’s an unprecedented pursuit of congressional newcomers that started even before they flipped the House to Democratic control in November. The new lawmakers with the fullest dance cards are New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and those from early voting states such as New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) – Sen. Kamala Harris says she’s not a democratic socialist, a not-so-veiled distinction setting her apart from a potential rival for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders has described himself as a democratic socialist, and he handily won New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary in 2016. Campaigning Monday in New Hampshire, Harris rejected the label when asked if she’d have to tilt her politics to the left to win the state’s primary.


Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn is releasing the first television ad of the race that pits him against fellow state appeals court judge Lisa Neubauer. The spot released Tuesday will begin airing Wednesday in Milwaukee and Green Bay as part of a $50,000 ad buy. It tells the story of how the newborn Hagedorn and his wife Christina adopted was born addicted to opioids because of her birth mother’s use of drugs.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans in Wisconsin’s state Assembly are supporting raising the pay for attorneys who represent poor defendants, as the state faces a class-action federal lawsuit over the issue. Assembly Republicans also are backing the hiring of 61 more assistant district attorneys and raising pay for prosecutors, public defenders and correctional officers. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack says the plan would “support essential constitutional guarantees.”

ALMA, Wis. (AP) – No one was hurt in a weekend fire that destroyed the rural Alma home of former Wisconsin state senator and gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Vinehout. The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office says Vinehout and her husband, Douglas Kane, were awakened by fire alarms about 1 a.m. Saturday. They were the only ones in the house and got out safely. They told law officers that the fire might have started because they left their fireplace going when they went to bed.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize medical marijuana. Evers said Monday that it’s time Wisconsin join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical marijuana. Under the plan, possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana in amounts of 25 grams or less should be decriminalized.


Illinois News

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – An Illinois woman has claimed the $2 million she won in the Iowa Lottery Powerball game. The Iowa Lottery says 49-year-old Lisa Hays turned in her winning ticket Monday at lottery headquarters in Clive. Hays, who lives in Monmouth, Illinois, says she bought the ticket while shopping at the Hy-Vee store on Agency Street in Burlington. Hays told lottery officials that she intends to buy a house and a new car with her winnings and set some aside for retirement.

CHICAGO (AP) – A federal judge is to rule on a request from the city of Chicago to toss a lawsuit that aims to halt President Barack Obama’s museum and library from being built in a public park. U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey heard oral arguments last week in the case and said he would issue a ruling Tuesday. Protect Our Parks wants to stop the $500 million Obama Presidential Center from being built in the selected location.

AURORA, Ill. (AP) – Company officials say the suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse where five people were fatally shot won’t reopen until next week, but that its doors will be open to support workers. A spokeswoman says the Henry Pratt Co. facility in Aurora, Illinois, says counselors are available. An employee opened fire at the warehouse Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers. The gunman died in a shootout with police.

AURORA, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois man who has delivered more than 26,000 white crosses to sites around the U.S., largely to remember victims of gun violence, now finds himself in his hometown. Greg Zanis made crosses for the five victims of the shooting Friday in Aurora, Illinois, where an employee about to lose his job opened fire inside a manufacturing warehouse. Zanis has set up crosses over the last two decades at other sites, but now he says he’s “carrying the weight of the whole city on my shoulders.”