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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Iowa’s largest teachers union challenging a new law that eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public workers. The judge said in his ruling that the new law does not violate workers’ constitutional rights to equal protection. The Iowa State Education Association, which represents 34,000 education professionals across the state, says it’s considering an appeal.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former University of Iowa employee has been fined for secretly placing a video camera in a campus bathroom in 2014. 48-year-old Nicodemus Hendrik, of Coralville, was fined $1,875 at his sentencing hearing on Thursday in Johnson County Court. Hendrik entered an Alford plea on Sept. 5 to trespass causing injury, a misdemeanor. In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that prosecutors likely have enough evidence to convict. Hendrik, a former employee of UI’s Information Technology Services department, was arrested in April 2015 for placing a video camera in a restroom in the University Capitol Centre’s ITS space.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A crash in southwest Des Moines has left two people dead and two more injured. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the head-on crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Southeast Army Post Road. Investigators say the crash happened when one car entered oncoming traffic in an attempt to pass another vehicle. Two people died at the scene, and two were taken to hospitals in critical condition.

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) – A 22-year-old Kansas man has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide charges for the crash deaths of four Iowa residents in western Nebraska. The North Platte Telegraph reports that Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez, of Liberal, Kansas, entered the pleas Friday in Keith County District Court. Cisneros-Hernandez is charged with four counts of motor-vehicle homicide, reckless driving and driving left of the center of the road.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Madison Police Department has updated its guidelines on the use of deadly force, telling officers to exhaust other options before using a gun. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that City Council ordered the Police Department in May to change its operating procedures regarding deadly force. Council members wanted the department to emphasize an officer’s duty to intercede, de-escalate a situation and preserve life.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay officials have approved development plans for the city’s west-side riverfront. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that City Council has approved a development agreement for the Shipyard project. The proposal includes a stadium, indoor concert venue and restaurant. Officials expect the project to cost around $11 million.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A $2,500 bonus has been restored for a youth prison guard who was disciplined for dragging a teen inmate across a cell floor. Kyle Hoff is a guard at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls. The prisons have been under a criminal investigation for nearly three years for prisoner abuse and are the subject of multiple lawsuits, including one over Hoff’s conduct.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Two University of Wisconsin alums and longtime donors to the school are giving $25 million to the college’s fundraising campaign. The university announced Saturday that the homecoming weekend gift by Ted and Mary Kellner, of Milwaukee, will go toward the All Ways Forward comprehensive campaign. The$3.2 billion initiative was launched in 2015 to span seven years and fund various departments and initiatives across the school.

 

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – Voter rights advocates are pushing Illinois election officials to withdraw from a longtime multistate voter registration database over questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression. They’re also raising fresh questions about the head of the program, the controversial Kansas secretary of state who’s also helping run President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission. Proponents say the database provides information not available elsewhere.

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Police are investigating a brawl in a fast food restaurant in which three people suffered gunshot wounds. A cell phone video obtained by the Chicago Tribune shows several men and women throwing punches, hurling chairs and wrestling on the floor at a Taco Burrito King in Chicago’s Greektown restaurant early Saturday before a gunshot can be heard

WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (AP) – Residents of a neighborhood in a Chicago suburb are being allowed back into their homes after a series of fires and explosions forced them to evacuate. Officials told WLS-TV in Chicago there were more than 10 fires and explosions on Friday in Willowbrook southwest of Chicago.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) – Authorities in a northern Illinois city are preparing to enact additional, proactive domestic violence response efforts. The Rockford Register Star reports that starting Nov. 1, the Lethality Assessment Program – Maryland Model will immediately connect social services to victims of domestic violence who are most likely to be seriously hurt or killed. Rockford police responded to more than 500 domestic-related violent crimes last year, including sex crimes, aggravated assaults and robberies.