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KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa oversight agency has dismissed its case against two teachers accused of cheating and fraud. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners dropped its case regarding Ehren Wills and Kay Slusher, following the recommendation of an administrative law judge who held a hearing in June. Wills was accused of submitting Slusher’s work as her own while pursuing a master’s online. Slusher was accused of completing assignments for Wills.

AMES, Iowa (AP) – A former Iowa State University golfer has been found dead at a golf course, and a man has been charged with murder in her death. Police said in a news release that 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames and officers determined she had died after being assaulted. They said Collin Daniel Richards has been charged with first-degree murder. Barquin Arozamena was the 2018 Big 12 champion. She was a native of Puente San Miguel, Spain.

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) – Ankeny police have identified the person killed by an Ankeny police officer as a 31-year-old Missouri man. Police on Monday said officer Todd Webb responded to a call Saturday afternoon of a robbery in progress at a Hy-Vee gas station and located a suspect nearby. Police say the man pointed a handgun at the officer, who then shot and killed the suspect. The man was identified as Christopher Leonard, of Springfield, Missouri.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have identified a body found in a rain-swollen Cedar Rapids stream as a missing kayaker. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the state medical examiner’s office had identified the body as 34-year-old John Conley of Cedar Rapids. Conley’s body was found Sept. 6 in Indian Creek. His wife, 30-year-old Samantha Conley, was rescued several days earlier from the stream after their kayak overturned. The creek was running high because of heavy rain.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when they were both in high school are credible. Baldwin tweeted her reaction Monday. Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault both indicated Monday that they would be willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Baldwin says the allegations from Christine Blasey Ford are “deeply disturbing, serious and credible.”

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Tony Evers are touting proposals for the next state budget in their hotly contested race for governor, attempting to score points by highlighting measures that would dramatically increase funding for schools and cut taxes. Walker revealed details Monday of $200 million in tax relief he wants to enact over the next two years, while Evers is calling for a staggering $1.4 billion more for public schools.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Mandela Barnes says claims by Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch that he knelt during the national anthem at the opening of the Wisconsin State Fair are “crazy.” Kleefisch told reporters in Milwaukee on Monday that while she was focused on the flag that day this summer, other people told her they saw Barnes kneeling. Barnes denies it and says he always stands for the national anthem.

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) – A bear cub in Wisconsin had a Winnie the Pooh moment, but it wasn’t a honey pot that got stuck on its head. It was a hard plastic globe. Authorities rescued the cub Sunday after a passer-by spotted it near Balsam Lake with the mother bear nearby. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office used a squad car to keep the mother away while authorities and bear hunters worked on the stuck globe. Rescuers used pliers, tin snips, pruning shears and bolt cutters before the globe finally slipped off.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors are to continue presenting evidence in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on Tuesday. During the first day of testimony Monday, jurors repeatedly watched the video of the white officer opening fire on Laquan McDonald as the black teenager walks away from police with a small knife in one hand. McDonald was shot a total of 16 times.

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago City Council committee has given the go-ahead for a $16 million payment to the family of a woman fatally shot when a police officer fired at a teenage neighbor of hers on a disturbance call. The city’s corporation counsel, Edward Siskel, told the finance committee the payment to Bettie Jones’ family made sense because a jury’s decision against the city would cost more. Jones was standing near 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier in 2015 when Officer Robert Rialmo opened fire, killing them.

CHICAGO (AP) – A judge says a Chicago towing company that had its license pulled by the Illinois Commerce Commission can continue to operate as it appeals the decision. The Illinois Commerce Commission last week revoked Lincoln Towing Service’s license immediately, citing hundreds of alleged violations. Cook County Judge Neil Cohen ruled Lincoln Towing can resume operating while it challenges the decision by state regulators. Cohen cautioned Lincoln to closely follow the law or the order would be rescinded.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Commerce Commission is planning a policy session on transportation electrification. Acting commissioner Anastasia Palivos will lead the discussion Tuesday in the ICC main hearing room. The hearing is intended to expand on the one Palivos had last spring on electric vehicles. This one will include discussion of benefits of and barriers to electrification of public transportation and vehicle fleets.