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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A retired farmer who applied to Gov. Kim Reynolds to have his gun rights restored has instead been arrested for illegally possessing firearms. Allan Phillips had been out of trouble for 40 years when he sent in his application to get his gun rights back, saying he wanted to move past a 1978 misdemeanor. But agents conducting a background check found that he owned multiple guns despite losing his firearm rights. The case illustrates how hard it is for ex-offenders to regain their gun rights.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand is accusing insurance companies providing Medicaid services to two disabled Iowans in wheelchairs of violating their contracts with the state. Sand has notified the Iowa Department of Human Services that Amerigroup and UnitedHealthcare have each notified a Medicaid recipient that their services will be terminated.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man has been found guilty of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death and faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Federal prosecutors said in a news release that 38-year-old Jonas Ross III, of Davenport, was found guilty Wednesday in a federal court in Davenport. Investigators say the victim had traveled to Davenport from Ohio in November 2017, and checked into the Days Inn after contacting Ross to obtain heroin. He was found dead days later.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A lobbyist who advised Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on agriculture and natural resources has been named the director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Reynolds appointed Kayla Lyon to the post which has been vacant for about a year after the previous director retired. Lyon, who has represented farmers and agribusiness in previous government affairs jobs, begins July 8. She is the first woman to be named DNR director.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search for three boaters reported missing after a boat overturned in the Chicago River on the city’s South Side. A body believed the fourth passenger on the boat has been recovered. The damaged and overturned boat was discovered early Wednesday by another boater. The body recovered three miles from where the boat was found was identified as that of 32-year-old Elmer Jimenez of East Chicago, Indiana. The search for the missing will resume Thursday.

CHICAGO (AP) – The family of a scholar from China killed by a former University of Illinois doctoral student says they’re aware he offered to divulge where her remains were but weren’t convinced the body would actually be found. A Wednesday statement from Yingying Zhang’s relatives says they were “leery” of Brendt Christensen’s offer “because he had lied so many times in the past.” The defense said in a Tuesday filing that Christensen made the offer, asking for a life sentence in exchange.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature this week on a law legalizing recreational cannabis includes a provision for nearly 800,000 people caught in that snare to clear their records. Lawmakers who drafted the measure making Illinois the 11th state to drop its pot prohibition emphasized repairing what they say is the damage done by a half-century war on drugs, particularly to minorities. A key piece of that involves making it easier for those with criminal records to have them expunged.

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago mother and her adult daughter suspected of strangling a pregnant teenager and cutting her baby from her womb have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to the charges in a 27-count indictment that includes a charge of aggravated battery of a child. Prosecutors haven’t charged them with murder in the death of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s newborn son, but police have said they expect them to do so.

Wisconsin News

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – A Florida man has been convicted in the death of his wife, whose body has never been found since her disappearance 40 years ago in Wisconsin. Jurors in Waukesha County found 79-year-old John Bayerl guilty on Wednesday. Authorities arrested Bayerl in Fort Myers, Florida, in February and he was extradited to Waukesha, Wisconsin, to stand trial in the death of 38-year-old Dona Mae Bayerl. Bayerl reported his wife missing in 1979. She was legally declared dead in 1986.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate have narrowly approved the state budget. The $81 billion two-year spending plan now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign the budget into law, veto it in its entirety or use his partial veto powers to revise it. The GOP included last-minute provisions in the document to allow electric car manufacturer Tesla to open dealerships in Wisconsin to ensure Sen. Chris Kapenga’s vote.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Hundreds of police officers have paid their final respects to a Racine officer who was fatally shot while trying to stop an armed robbery. Police on motorcycles led a procession for Officer John Hetland after his funeral Wednesday at Carthage College in Kenosha. Hetland was off-duty when he was fatally shot on June 17 when he tried to intervene in an armed robbery at Teezers Bar and Grill. Authorities say Hetland jumped over the bar and confronted a masked, armed man when he was shot.

PICKEREL, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say the youngest victim of a house fire that killed six people in a small northern Wisconsin town was a 10-month-old girl named Zoe M. Munoz Soto. The Langlade County Sheriff’s Office released the identity of the victim Wednesday, a day after a fire engulfed a house in Pickerel. Two adults and three other children died in the fire. Sheriff’s officials say it could take days or weeks to identify the remaining victims.