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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Des Moines City Council has been urged to adopt a ban on racial profiling by police. Creation of a civilian review board was among the proposals aired at the council meeting Monday night. The council also was urged to make marijuana possession Des Moines’ lowest police enforcement priority. The activists say it unfairly targets minorities. The council instructed City Manager Scott Sanders to research and report on each of the proposals.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The 2018 midterms are barely history, but the next campaign is already in full swing in Iowa, home to the first caucus of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating campaign. In the two weeks since the election, potential White House contenders have intensified their effort to recruit operatives who could help them navigate an Iowa campaign. The competition is shaping up to be especially fierce because the field could include as many as two dozen candidates.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – A judge has sentenced a second man to life in prison for the 2016 killing of a gender-fluid Iowa teenager. The Des Moines Register reports a judge Monday sentenced 26-year-old Jaron Purham to life in prison, which was mandatory because of his October conviction of first-degree murder. Another man, Jorge Sanders-Galvez, already is serving a life term for the March 2, 2016, fatal shooting of 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson of Burlington. Johnson’s relatives say he identified as both male and female.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmers are nearing the end of this year’s harvest of corn and soybeans. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 91 percent of the corn crop had been harvested by Sunday. That matches last year’s harvest but was three days behind the five-year average. About 97 percent of the soybean crop had been harvested, which is just behind last year’s 98 percent and the five-year average of 99 percent.


Wisconsin News

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Police Department says it is “simply unacceptable” that a 4-year-old girl was left overnight in a van that police had requested to tow. The department said Monday that it “does not take this incident lightly” The girl’s mother was arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving. A 10-month-old baby was taken out of the van but the mother apparently didn’t mention the girl. A tow lot operator heard the girl crying the next morning. She apparently was OK.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – State and federal officials have paid Wisconsin deer farmers more than $330,000 in compensation so far this year after killing their herds out of concerns they were infected with chronic wasting disease. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports CWD was found on three farms this year, resulting in depopulation.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says Republican Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos “needs to be better” and drop thoughts of moving the date of the 2020 presidential primary and weakening the governor’s powers. Vos and Republican leaders are looking at making a number of changes in a lame duck legislative session before Democrat Tony Evers replaces Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Jan. 7. Pocan became close friends with Vos when they were both in the Assembly.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two of Wisconsin’s three Democrats in the U.S. House aren’t saying yet whether they will back Nancy Pelosi as speaker. Rep. Mark Pocan, of Black Earth, told reporters Monday that he hopes to make a decision after the Thanksgiving break when he has a chance to meet privately with Pelosi. But Pocan says the odds are Pelosi will be elected as leader. Rep. Ron Kind, of La Crosse, opposed Pelosi as minority leader two years ago.


Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – Parents of players on a Chicago high school football team have filed a lawsuit, claiming a parent of an opposing player wore a referee uniform and influenced the outcome of the game. The Simeon Alumni Association and parents of Simeon Career Academy players filed the lawsuit last week against the Illinois High School Association. Simeon lost a Class 7A quarterfinal game, 34-27, to Nazareth Academy, a high school in La Grange Park.

CHICAGO (AP) – Former President Barack Obama urged community organizers and social innovators to be patient in their pursuits of wide-scale community change. Obama made the plea during a talk Monday at the Obama Foundation summit in Chicago. The former president noted that patience is needed because societies are “complex, organic things that you don’t turn (like) switches. They evolve. They shift. They change.” Obama delivered his remarks from a plush chair, as he engaged in a talk with author Dave Eggers.

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago’s mayor says the city is in mourning after losing a doctor, a pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer in Monday’s shooting at Mercy Hospital, on the city’s South Side. Police say that outside the hospital, the attacker first shot the doctor, a woman described as having had a domestic relationship with him. Then police say the gunman ran into the hospital and shot the pharmacy resident and the officer. It’s not clear if the attacker then killed himself or was killed by police.

CHICAGO (AP) – A week-long period for candidates vying to become Chicago’s next mayor to file their nominating petition has gotten underway. Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, businessman Willie Wilson, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, attorney Jerry Joyce and activist Catherine Brown D’Tycoon filed their petitions Monday. Eighteen people have announced they are running for mayor. They must submit at least 12,500 signatures from registered voters to participate in the February election.


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