DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Legislature has adjourned a legislative session marked by a remarkable conservative shift that included passage of measures limiting public union power, expanding gun rights and enacting new abortion restrictions. Republicans, who hold majorities in both chambers, finalized votes Saturday on the roughly $7.2 billion state budget following a series of private meetings that began nearly 24 hours earlier.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – After being threatened with elimination, a state board that handles public transparency questions will emerge from the Iowa legislative session with a small funding increase. Lawmakers had planned to scrap funding for the Iowa Public Information Board, but in the waning days of the Legislature, they decided the nine-member volunteer board actually saved the state more money than it cost. The funding allows the board to continue resolving disputes about open meetings and public records.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have identified a man shot to death outside a Des Moines apartment building. Police said Saturday that 41-year-old Stephen Pausuan Kim, of Des Moines, was shot around 10:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the University Terrace Apartments. Responding officers found Kim with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
WAPELLO, Iowa (AP) – A former Wapello bank teller has been found guilty of stealing about $36,000 from the Community Bank and Trust branch in 2015. The Hawk Eye reports that a Louisa County jury found 39-year-old Gina Kerr guilty on Thursday of first-degree theft. Kerr faces up to 10 years in prison when she’s sentenced June 30.
ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say a device found in the debris of a garage fire in Ashland that looked like a military mortar round turned out to be a harmless training round. Firefighters in the northwestern Wisconsin city discovered the device Friday. As a precaution, homes within a two-block radius were evacuated. A National Guard ordnance disposal unit from Duluth, Minnesota, came to investigate and determined it was just a practice round.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Attorneys for a man accused of killing a Ledgeview woman say there’s evidence her boyfriend was the killer. Lawyers for 39-year-old George Burch contend in a motion Friday the boyfriend had motive and opportunity to kill 31-year-old Nicole VanderHeyden last May. It’s up to the judge whether Burch can present that story during his trial in October.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was pulled from the Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Drive Team was called around 10:30 a.m. The medical examiner’s office says a man’s body was pulled from the river. Few details have been released. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) – Authorities are investigating the deaths of three people found inside a home on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation near Hayward in northwestern Wisconsin. The tribal police department says the bodies of the two men and one woman were found Thursday morning. Preliminary autopsy reports indicate they died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The victims’ names were not immediately released.
CHICAGO (AP) – Law firms throughout Chicago, from national firms to solo operations, are carving out cannabis practices as marijuana use gains acceptance. The Chicago Tribune reports that firms are increasingly offering to help companies navigate the highly regulated world of medical marijuana in Illinois and elsewhere. The stigma surrounding the federally illegal drug has barred some firms from advertising their cannabis practices.
CHICAGO (AP) – Several thousand people rallied in downtown Chicago in a March for Science event, with participants saying science in under attack from the Trump administration. Those taking part marched Saturday from Grant Park to the Field Museum. Marcher John Engel said he was worried about funding for science and a lack of environmental concern from the Trump administration.
CAIRO, Ill. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says federal authorities should release findings of a probe into problems with southern Illinois housing developments. The Southern Illinoisan reports Durbin held a public town hall Friday in Cairo and met privately with city officials. The problems stem from two public housing developments. About 185 families have to move, but there’s a shortage of affordable housing.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) – The oldest academic building on the University of Illinois’ Champaign-Urbana campus is scheduled to reopen this summer after a $78 million renovation. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports faculty will begin moving back into the Natural History Building on May 16 after the school’s commencement. Classes will resume in the building next fall. The building built in the 1890s will now have high-tech classrooms and modern labs.