DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines authorities have released the name of a man whose body was recovered from the Des Moines River. Police identified him as 52-year-old Robert Webb, who lived in Des Moines. His body was spotted around 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A plan to spend nearly a half-million dollars remodeling the interior of the newest state office building in Des Moines is moving forward despite budget cuts that are hitting an array of state programs and services. The Iowa Utilities Board is planning to demolish and redo much of the customer service area in its six-year-old building, adding a conference room and a nicer reception area. Planning documents call for new glass walls and doors, woodwork, paint and even a 75-inch television.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Monday that three separate rounds of complaints from parents and field hockey players prompted an investigation into the program that ultimately led to the firing of coach Tracey Griesbaum in 2014. Griesbaum’s termination is a central piece of a lawsuit filed by former top female administrator Jane Meyer against the university.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Polaris Industries plans to close its plant in the northwest Iowa city of Milford, leaving up to 300 employees out of work. Polaris spokeswoman Kelly Basgen told the Sioux City Journal on Monday the company would stop production of all-terrain and utility vehicles at the Milford plant that had operated since 2013. Production would shift to plants in Alabama, Minnesota and California. Company executive Ken Pucel says the plant was being closed to “streamline our plant infrastructure.”
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorneys for the Republican-controlled Legislature argue in a new legal filing that a court ruling striking down GOP-drawn legislative boundaries in the state is “dangerously” wrong. The filing was made Monday, the deadline for groups with an interest in the case to present their legal arguments. Republican Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is appealing a ruling by a three-judge panel last year that the current maps are unconstitutional.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican state lawmakers say eliminating prevailing wage requirements for workers on public projects would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars, while Democrats and unions say it would send skilled workers out of state and further erode the middle class. The Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory reform held a public hearing Monday on a proposal to end minimum salary requirements on state construction projects.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has voted for President Donald Trump’s pick for agriculture secretary and encouraged him to help resolve an international dairy dispute hurting Wisconsin farmers. Baldwin says she wants one of Sonny Perdue’s first trips as U.S. agriculture secretary to be to Wisconsin. Dozens of dairy farmers are losing a market for ultra-filtered milk due to a new Canadian trade policy taking effect May 1. Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson also voted to confirm Perdue.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says he has no interest in raising vehicle registration fees as part of a plan to pay for Wisconsin roads. Instead, Walker said Monday that he’s optimistic there will be enough money from general tax collections and other savings to balance the budget without raising taxes. Walker last week refused to rule out higher vehicle registration fees to plug an estimated $1 billion transportation budget shortfall. Walker has promised to veto a gas tax increase.
CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago aviation officer who pulled a man off a United Airlines flight sys the man was physically and verbally combative during the incident. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press, the aviation department released the officer’s version of the April 9 incident for the first time and named the officer for the first time.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois General Assembly is back in Springfield and is heading into the final six weeks of its spring session. The House appeared briefly Monday afternoon, positioning legislation for final votes. The Senate returns Tuesday. The Senate will take up a House-approved measure to provide $800 million in emergency funding. The “lifeline” budget would come from special funds that continue to collect tax dollars despite a two-year budget impasse.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A Democratic lawmaker pushing legislation to remove prohibitions on publicly funded abortions in Illinois hopes to call it for a vote Tuesday as thousands of women converge on the capital to lobby for a “progressive agenda.” Chicago Rep. Sara Feigenholtz’s (FYE’-ghen-holtz’s) measure would lift restrictions on abortions funded by Medicaid or state employee health insurance. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has pledged to veto it
CHICAGO (AP) – Trump Tower in Chicago has an unusually large number of condominiums for sale or for rent. Real estate professionals tell the Chicago Tribune that close to 11 percent of the 98-story building’s 486 residential units are on the market. The building has been the site of demonstrations since Donald Trump was elected president.