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November 11, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Snow and bitter cold is expected across much of Nebraska and Iowa at the start of the work week. The National Weather Service says much of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa is likely to see 1-to-2 inches of snow by early Monday. Some parts of eastern Iowa could receive 4-to-6 inches of snow.

CHICAGO (AP) – A suburban Chicago post office has been named in honor of a member of the famed all-black Tuskegee Airmen who flew scores of missions in World War II. The Daily Southtown reported Wednesday that Robert Martin was honored at a ceremony at Olympia Fields Village Hall. Robert Martin’s three children then headed to the post office where a plaque commemorating their father was unveiled. Martin lived in Olympia Fields from 2008 until his death at age 99 in July 2018.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A half-dozen or so of the Democrats running for president are languishing at the bottom of polling less than three months before the Iowa primaries. Yet they are continuing to campaign, a resolve bolstered in part by some concerns over the lineup of top contenders and the belief that the race could be upended. One of those candidates, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, says everyone goes up and down in polls and that he needs to be organizing and catching fire as the voting begins.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A 19-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 100 years in prison for the death of his 8-month-old daughter after he pleaded guilty to several charges. The Des Moines Register reports that Jayden Straight pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and several related charges as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Straight’s daughter died in July 2018 after suffering serious internal injuries.

Illinois News

November 11, 2019

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Officials at the University of Illinois have named a new vice chancellor for research and innovation. Susan Martinis has been serving in the role on an interim basis since September 2017 and was named a permanent replacement earlier this month, pending a vote by the Board of Trustees. Martinis oversaw several initiatives, including university-wide research centers while she held the job on an interim basis. She’s also credited with strengthening the business infrastructure around research.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – Illinois state Sen. Chuck Weaver has applied to become the next president of Bradley University. The Republican is also up for 2020 re-election and says he’ll file petitions for another term. He says he’s let party leaders know his plans. They’ll take steps to choose a replacement candidate if Weaver’s chosen to lead the private university in Peoria and there isn’t another GOP candidate in the primary.

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Records and correspondence spanning the political career of retiring U.S. Rep. John Shimkus are headed to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The (Edwardsville) Intelligencer reports the Republican’s correspondence, photos and official papers will be housed at the Elijah P. Lovejoy Library. The 61-year-old announced earlier this year that he won’t seek re-election after more than 20 years in Congress.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indiana inmate who says he spent four years in solitary confinement will receive a $425,000 settlement. The Indianapolis Star cites an October settlement between the state and Jay Vermillion, who’s serving time for murder and other crimes. State law says the maximum allowable solitary confinement term is 30 days. Officials then have to conduct a review.

Wisconsin News

November 11, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued eight more pardons. Evers issued the pardons Sunday, a month after issuing Wisconsin’s first pardons in nine years. Evers re-started the pardons board in June and issued his first pardons, to four people, in October. Evers’ predecessor, Republican Scott Walker, never issued a single pardon over his eight years as governor. The latest pardons were recommended by Wisconsin’s pardons board.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who injured two children and their parents outside of Fiserv Forum. The crash happened Saturday night in downtown Milwaukee. Police say paramedics took the children, ages 5 and 8, and the parents to hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening. The family was crossing a street when a car made a left turn and struck them in the crosswalk. Police are searching for a 2018 silver four-door Chevrolet Malibu.

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) – Former President Jimmy Carter can still draw a crowd, and he does each time he teaches Sunday school in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. Nearly four decades after he left office and despite a body that’s failing after 95 years, the nation’s oldest-ever ex-president still teaches Sunday school roughly twice monthly at Maranatha Baptist Church. Pilgrims come by the hundreds for what they describe as a dose of simple decency and devotion wrapped up in a Bible lesson.

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) – A man who was convicted of murder in the drowning death of his wife 19 years ago in the bathtub of their suburban Chicago home has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. The sentence imposed on 70-year-old Frank Buschauer by Cook County Judge Joseph Cataldo likely means that Buschauer will die in prison because under Illinois law he must serve the entire 25-year sentence.