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INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) – Simpson College students have staged a protest at the south-central Iowa school over faculty and program cuts announced last week. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Simpson College President Jay Simmons announced last week that the college will cut 13 full-time employees, the art department, and French and German majors. Students packed the Kent Campus Center on Friday to voice their anger over the cuts.

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a guard was assaulted at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. The Iowa Corrections Department says the attack occurred Friday morning when an inmate confronted the officer. The inmate used his fists to knock down the officer, and then the inmate kicked him before other staffers could come to the officer’s aid. The guard was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital for treatment and then released. The names of those involved haven’t been made public. Department spokesman Cord Overton says the inmate did not suffer any major injuries.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A prominent youth basketball coach in Iowa has admitted to possessing nude photos and videos of 400 boys, including former players and their friends. Former Iowa Barnstormers Coach Greg Stephen pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually exploiting minors and possessing and transporting child pornography. He acknowledged in a plea agreement that police discovered files on his hard drive with the names of 400 different minors. The folders contained videos of the boys undressing and showering that Stephen recorded with secret devices he placed in hotels, his home and lake house.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa City officials have named the black-eyed Susan as the city’s official flower. The City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution adopting the flower with gold petals and a black center. The plant is native to Iowa city and attracts a wide variety of insects, including butterflies and bees. Its seeds are a favorite of songbirds, such as goldfinches, sparrows and chickadees. The flower’s colors are also shared by the University of Iowa.

Wisconsin News

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin high school football team opted to go forward with its playoff game hours after the death of a teammate – and honored him with more than a victory. St. Mary’s Springs Academy of Fond du Lac scored 62 points. That was the jersey number worn by junior Trent Schueffner. School officials say Schueffner died in a hunting accident Friday, before the team’s game against Dominican High School. Schueffner’s family and teammates requested that the first playoff game go on as scheduled.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Authorities say man is dead after an officer-involved shooting at the Brown County Jail in Green Bay. Police say the shooting occurred just after 9 p.m. Friday night in the sally port, an enclosed area where officers drop off suspects to be booked into jail. No officers were hurt in the incident, which is being investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations.

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) – Two candidates vying for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s seat in Wisconsin exchanged jabs over attack ads and other issues in their first debate of the campaign season. The event at Oak Creek City Hall Friday between Democrat Randy Bryce and Republican Bryan Steil heated up quickly when Bryce criticized ads that point out his numerous arrests and financial struggles. Steil portrayed Bryce as a liberal with radical ideas that do not mesh with voters in the 1st Congressional District.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin says accusations that a Russian group tried to turn voters against her and other Democratic candidates are an “attack on our democracy.” Justice Department officials announced Friday they had charged a Russian citizen, Elena Khusyaynova, for her role in trying to interfere in the upcoming midterm elections. Baldwin said in a statement she will not be “intimidated or bullied by Putin.”.

Illinois News

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) – Bond has been set at $7 million for a man charged with fatally shooting three men and wounding a 4-year-old boy at a central Illinois apartment complex. The Pantagraph reports 25-year-old Sydney T. Mays Jr. made his first court appearance in Bloomington on Friday.

BEARDSTOWN, Ill. (AP) – A report says a central Illinois pork-processing plant released more nitrogen from animal waste into waterways than any other slaughterhouse in the U.S. The Chicago Tribune reports nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project assessed water pollution by nearly 100 large meat-processing facilities in the U.S. The report found that meat-processing giant JBS’s Beardstown plant released about an average of 1,850 pounds of nitrogen daily into an Illinois River tributary.

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) – A skilled-nursing addition to the state-run veterans’ home in Quincy has been named for a Medal of Honor winner killed in the Korean War. Cpl. Lester Hammond Jr. grew up in Quincy. He was killed in action and is buried at Sunset Cemetery at the veterans’ home. Hammond Hall is a former nursing home the state purchased to provide 150 skilled-nursing beds. It’s part of a revamp of the veterans facility beset by Legionnaires’ disease that has led to the deaths of 14 residents since 2015.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois State Board of Education has approved proposals to expand the teacher workforce. The board voted this week to seek legislative changes to make it less cumbersome for qualified professionals to move into teaching careers. The recommendations stem from a yearlong study involving focus groups, data analysis and review of national research. The findings were released last month in the Teach Illinois report.