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September 16, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – More flooding is likely along the Missouri River after heavy rains and flooding upstream in South Dakota. The National Weather Service says some moderate flooding is likely this week along the river between Sioux City, Iowa, and Rulo, Nebraska. Some parts of South Dakota received as much as 7 inches of rain over two days. The Missouri River is expected to crest later this week after rising significantly.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – More than $8.5 million was wagered at 13 participating casinos in Iowa’s first month of sports betting. Ames station WOI reports that figures release by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission show the state reaped nearly $146,000 in tax revenue from the wagers on sports events. On Aug. 15, Iowa became the 11th in the nation and first in the Midwest to allow such wagering.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A judge has ordered a mental competency evaluation for a woman accused of injuring an Iowa City police officer with BB gun fire. The woman herself was injured when the officer returned fire with his service weapon. Officer Michael Clark and 25-year-old Cierra Lewis were both hospitalized after the July 29 shootout as officers investigated a shoplifting report. Lewis’ attorney tells the Press-Citizen he doesn’t believe she is mentally fit enough to participate in her own defense.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have identified a wounded homeless man, as well as the officer who shot him in a confrontation at a Des Moines homeless encampment. Des Moines police say 26-year-old Bryan Tyler Norris was shot Friday afternoon at the encampment in a wooded area near the Raccoon River. Police say officers were responding to complaints about the homeless camp when Norris armed himself with a knife, refused commands to drop and advanced on an officer. Police say Officer Trudy Paulson then shot him.

Illinois News

September 16, 2019

UNDATED (AP) – OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has filed for bankruptcy protection in a deal that would give its future profits to those suing it over the toll of opioids. But the filing doesn’t mean that members of the Sackler family, which owns the company, are off the legal hook. Some states want to continue lawsuits against them, and could push back in bankruptcy court.

UNDATED (AP) – While the nation’s attorneys general debate a legal settlement with Purdue Pharma, the opioid epidemic associated with the company’s blockbuster painkiller OxyContin rages on. The drugs still kill tens of thousands of people each year with no end in sight. Pennsylvania’s York County investigated eight suspected overdose deaths in a single week of August – four in 24 hours. Coroner Pam Gay says it’s going to take a while to see a decline.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – The University of Illinois has recognized five professors at the Urbana-Champaign campus for their excellence in teaching and service. The University Scholars program started in 1985. Recipients receive $15,000 a year for three years to use toward scholarly work, including for travel, research assistants and books. Applicants are nominated from each campus of the university system.

FAIRBANKS, Ind. (AP) – A renewable energy company is aiming to start construction later this year on a solar farm over about 1,800 acres in rural western Indiana. Chicago-based Invenergy Solar Development says it wants to start construction work later this year. The proposal calls for nearly 580,000 solar panels on what is mostly farmland near the Sullivan County community of Fairbanks. The company says believes it could be generating electricity by late 2023.

Wisconsin News

September 16, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ administration is preparing to expand northeastern Wisconsin’s manure-spreading restrictions to other areas of the state. The Department of Natural Resources estimates the move could cost farmers as much as $5 million annually at a time when the industry is already struggling with low milk prices and President Donald Trump’s trade wars.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police say a weekend shooting has killed a teenager and injured a young man. Police say the victims were passengers in a car when shots were fired into the car. The driver of that car then drove to a hospital. Authorities say a 16-year-old boy who was shot was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The other victim, an 18-year-old man, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Police say they are still investigating.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) – Police in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis say a 33-year-old man was fatally stabbed in a fight. Officers were called about the stabbing just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Despite lifesaving efforts by police and firefighters, the man died. Investigators say a fight between two groups led to the stabbing. Suspects left before police arrived, so no one has been arrested. The victim was from Onalaska. Authorities have not released his name.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) – Appleton police are investigating a suspicious death. Officers went to check on a nonresponsive male Sunday morning. When police arrived they determined the person was dead. Police say the investigation continues and no other details are being released.