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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds warns that flooding will worsen along the Mississippi River as snow melts to the north. Already, hundreds of homes are flooded in the Midwest, after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region. In Missouri, the emergency management director in Holt County says many homes were inundated with up to 7 feet of water from the Missouri River. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to tour flood damage in Nebraska on Tuesday.

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) – Beto O’Rourke has entered the 2020 Democratic presidential race amid much fanfare and media attention. In the first days of his campaign, he ran a 5-kilometer race, was mocked for flailing his arms so much when he speaks and drove a Dodge Caravan from Iowa through Wisconsin and Michigan to Ohio, stopping to talk with voters along the way. O’Rourke also showed some inexperience on foreign policy but talked up his U.S.-Mexico border expertise, and explained his changing views on health care.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of the felony convictions of three top staffers on Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. Campaign chairman Jesse Benton, campaign manager John Tate and deputy campaign manager Dimitri Kesari were convicted in 2016 of causing false records and campaign expenditure reports to be filed to the Federal Election Commission.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Barriers have been emplaced to protect some Cedar Rapids neighborhoods from floodwaters. The National Weather Service says the Cedar River is expected to crest later Monday at 18.5 feet. That’s nearly 3 feet into what the service says is major flood stage but nearly 13 feet below the 2008 record of 31.1 feet. Any flooding isn’t expected to reach houses and businesses.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Foxconn Technology Group says it will start building a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin no later than this summer, with production starting at the end of 2020. The news Monday comes after worldwide electronics manufacturing leader sent mixed signals earlier this year about whether it planned to build any time of display screen manufacturing plant at all in Wisconsin. Foxconn in February recommitted to building what is known as a Generation 6 factory, which can make smaller display screens.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Madison judge has stopped short of issuing a ruling in a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin Republicans’ lame-duck laws limiting Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul’s powers. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess listened to oral arguments in the case for two hours Monday afternoon, then ended the hearing without issuing a ruling. He promised one would be coming soon.

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores plans to close its remaining 120 department stores by mid-June. Shopko said Monday the company was unable to find a buyer for its business. The company plans to begin winding down its retail operations this week. Shopko says it will not move forward with an auction that was scheduled Tuesday. The liquidation is expected to take 10-12 weeks. The retailer, headquartered near Green Bay, filed for bankruptcy protection in January.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide on the city’s north side. The incident happened around 9 a.m. Monday. Authorities say a 27-year-old Milwaukee woman was shot by a 26-year-old Milwaukee man who then killed himself. Names of those involved and other details were not immediately released. Autopsies are scheduled Tuesday.

Illinois News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – More than 40,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services who provide senior care in the home and child care services will get long-overdue salary increases. SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an agreement Monday to implement the rate increases and provide back pay. There’s $29 million in an escrow account for the back pay. Pritzker’s office says the rate increase will take effect April 1. It says back pay should be distributed by fall.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois husband and wife have been found dead in their home. Authorities say the bodies of 68-year-old Lois Ladd and her husband, 79-year-old Michael Ladd, were found early Monday in their Edwardsville home. Police went to the home at the request of an employee of Lois Ladd, a chiropractor. Police say the Ladd’s were victims of a homicide. Major Case Squad deputy commander Jeff Connors declined to provide information regarding a possible motive or other details of the crime.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) – A federal jury in western Illinois has found a 30-year-old man guilty of conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin. A Monday statement from prosecutors says jurors convicted Omar Gutierrez-Valle last week of trying to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin. Sentencing is set for July 11. Gutierrez-Valle faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. He could also be given a sentence of life behind bars.

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. (AP) – The northwestern Chicago suburb of Lake Zurich is taking a barely used park and turning it into an arboretum. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that 8-acre Kuechmann Park will become Kuechmann Arboretum on Wednesday at a rededication ceremony. The park doesn’t have a ball field or playground but it does have many impressive, old trees. The village plans improvements that officials say should be done by next year.