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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a passing truck driver rescued four children from a house fire in Sioux City. Firefighters were dispatched to the home a little after 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say the truck driver saw smoke coming from the house. He stopped, broke a house window and then helped the children get out to safety. Police say he left the scene before he could be treated for a hand injury.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Hy-Vee has recalled six meat and potato products for possible salmonella and listeria contamination. The company says the potential danger was discovered when McCain Foods, a Hy-Vee supplier, announced it was recalling its caramelized mushrooms and fire-roasted tomatoes, which are ingredients used in the products.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) – Deidre DeJear is Iowa’s newest political star – even if she hasn’t yet won an election. Cory Booker recently made his inaugural trip to Iowa by headlining a fundraiser for DeJear. Bernie Sanders will stump with DeJear on Sunday. And Kamala Harris will make her Iowa debut Monday alongside DeJear. Even by Iowa standards, this is a lot of attention being paid to a 32-year-old African American who was not yet won her campaign for secretary of state.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials at Des Moines’ Blank Park Zoo say the attraction’s youngest giraffe, Lizzy, has died, just weeks before what would’ve been her second birthday. The Des Moines Register reports that the zoo made the announcement Thursday; Lizzy died Tuesday. Officials say initial results from a necropsy showed the giraffe had ‘internal abnormalities” and had also recently suffered from a minor gastrointestinal illness that may have contributed to her death.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker, seeking to become only the second governor elected to a third term, and Democratic challenger Tony Evers, the state superintendent, meet Friday night for the first of two debates. Walker and Evers are locked in a tight battle for governor with the election just over two weeks away.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican challenger Leah Vukmir meet for the third and final debate before the Nov. 6 election. With Baldwin leading in the polls, the Friday night debate at the Marquette University Law School gives Vukmir a final chance to differentiate herself from Baldwin as they share the stage together for the last time.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin man who founded Little Free Library, a project that sets up boxes across the world to share books, has died. Todd Bol built the first Little Free Library at his home in 2009 as a tribute to his mother, who was a teacher. He put up a miniature version of a one-room schoolhouse on a post outside his home, filled it with books and invited neighbors to borrow them. The concept has since spread to more than 80 countries. A spokeswoman says Bol died Thursday in hospice care. He was 62.

BARRON, Wis. (AP) – One-hundred volunteers have joined the search for a Wisconsin girl who went missing earlier this week and whose parents were shot and killed in their home. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald requested the help of volunteers on Thursday in the hopes of finding clues as to the whereabouts of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who isn’t a suspect in her parents’ deaths. He said Wednesday that investigators believe she’s alive but in danger and he urged the public to continue calling in tips.

Illinois News

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) – After more than a decade representing a reliably Republican suburban Chicago district, Rep. Peter Roskam is suddenly among the most endangered House Republicans seeking re-election. His long right-leaning record in a safe GOP district may be his toughest opponent. Roskam, who faces Democratic business owner and scientist Sean Casten, is trying to navigate between his past positions and appealing to an electorate that supported Hillary Clinton over President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points.

CHICAGO (AP) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to deliver a speech in Chicago one week after the Trump administration asked a judge to reject a draft plan to reform the city’s 12,000-officer police force. There’s no official word on what Sessions will focus on Friday when speaking to the Chicago Crime Commission, a private group that advocates for effective laws to fight crime. But last Friday, Sessions sharply criticized the proposal to overhaul the Chicago Police Department under court supervision.

CHICAGO (AP) – Officials have announced four finalists seeking the job of independent monitor of Chicago Police Department reforms that are part of a court order. Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the finalists Thursday. The attorney general’s website contains background information on the finalists. They are the Coar Monitoring Team, Police Foundation Monitoring Team, Schiff Hardin-CNA Monitoring Tam and StoneTurn Monitoring Team.

CHICAGO (AP) – Hundreds of volunteers have descended on Chicago’s Field Museum to read, log, digitize and preserve specimens collected by the institution. The effort is called WeDigBio. Over the next few days, volunteers’ work is expected to help scientists get a better sense of the history of life on earth. Museum officials say it is no small task. Matt Von Konrat is the Field Museum’s head of botanical collections. He says there are nearly 40 million objects in its collection.