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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A judge has sentenced a lottery computer programmer to up to 25 years in prison for rigging a computer program to enable him to pick winning numbers in several lottery games over six years. Judge Brad McCall on Tuesday also ordered Eddie Tipton to repay more than $2 million that the scheme paid Tipton and others. Tipton worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association in Iowa. He fixed lottery games in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011.

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) – The wife of an Iowa police officer killed during a 2013 standoff is calling for changes to local and state laws to ensure children can continue receiving health insurance after a parent dies. The Messenger reports that Amanda Buenting recently discovered that her husband Jamie Buenting’s insurance will no longer cover her family. Mayor Phil Heinlen says Blue Cross/Blue Shield will provide coverage for the dependents of a city worker killed on duty for three years.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state official says Iowa’s individual health insurance market under the Affordable Care Act will collapse if the federal government doesn’t approve a short-term proposal aimed at stabilizing premium costs. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen told reporters Tuesday the state has communicated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to finalize a proposed stopgap measure. The state submitted its final proposal on the measure Monday.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa Republican Party leader who is running for state treasurer has been ordered to stay away from his ex-fiancée after allegedly threatening her and admittedly tracking her whereabouts using her iTunes account’s “Find iPhone” function. A judge has granted a temporary restraining order against former U.S. Army captain John Thompson, a member of the Iowa GOP central committee. Thompson denies wrongdoing, telling The Associated Press the allegations are meant to harm him politically.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican lawmakers are still trying to reach a deal on Wisconsin’s late budget, even though Gov. Scott Walker says they have an agreement “in principle.” Republican legislative leaders met privately again Tuesday to discuss outstanding remaining items that have held up passage of a budget deal for six weeks. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the budget is “not a done deal.” The budget was due July 1.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker’s top aide says he believes nearly all of the employees at a southeastern Wisconsin Foxconn plant would be Wisconsin residents. Democrats on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee asked state Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel during a hearing Tuesday on a $3 billion incentives package for the plant about the likelihood of Foxconn delivering on its promise to employ up to 13,000 jobs.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs says its programs for homeless veterans will remain open at state homes in King and Union Grove and are accepting new participants. The department has signed an agreement offered by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to extend funding for the transitional housing programs. Earlier this month, the Trump administration decided to extend funding to house homeless veterans at the state homes. The one-year grant extension was signed Tuesday.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin appeals court says Milwaukee officials properly fired a white police officer who shot and killed a black man in a downtown park. Former Officer Christopher Manney shot Dontre Hamilton in 2014 after Hamilton seized Manney’s baton during a pat-down search. Manney was never charged criminally but Chief Ed Flynn fired him for violating department pat-down policies.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – A judge has affirmed the conviction of a woman who filed $100 billion in bogus liens against judges, a former prosecutor and other law enforcers in Chicago to avenge her brother’s drug conviction. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that the judge found Cherron Phillips had missed deadlines to challenge her conviction and seven-year prison sentence. Federal Judge Michael Reagan says he wouldn’t have overturned her conviction even if she had filed the papers on time.

DU QUOIN, Ill. (AP) – The owners of a baseball bat company will serve as grand marshals of the 2017 Twilight Parade at the Du Quoin State Fair. Kyle and Randy Drone are co-owners of Dinger Bats. Fair manager Tibretta Reiman says they will lead the parade Friday in southern Illinois.  Reiman says the company’s bats “are making a huge splash in Major League Baseball, and we are proud to say they are made right here in southern Illinois.”

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering conflicting statements on a political cartoon critics have called racist, first saying he doesn’t have anything to add to the discussion “as a white male.” The Republican governor’s spokeswoman released a statement Tuesday about the image circulated online by a conservative think tank Rauner has links to. Hours later, Rauner said the statement wasn’t accurate and he could see why some found it offensive.

CHICAGO (AP) – A defense attorney says a Chicago police officer made a “split second” decision when he fired on an auto moving away from him, wounding two teenagers inside. Marco Proano is charged with federal civil rights violations for using unreasonable force and causing bodily injury. The 42-year-old allegedly fired multiple times into the vehicle as it backed up after being stopped for speeding. Prosecutors say he emptied his gun. Chicago’s police overview agency has recommended Proano’s firing.