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BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa summer school program has been been moved from in-person to online after several students screened for coronavirus symptoms registered fevers this week. The Hawk Eye reports that North Hill Elementary School in Burlington suspended it’s in-person summer school program on Tuesday after eight students showed up with temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher. About 60 students attended the program, which began Monday. Principal Mark Taylor says students were screened for symptoms and temperatures upon arrival to the building before getting out of the car. Officials say the district is working closely with Des Moines County Public Health to determine if or when the summer program can resume in-person instruction.

 

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa summer school program has been been moved from in-person to online after several students screened for coronavirus symptoms registered fevers this week. The Hawk Eye reports that North Hill Elementary School in Burlington suspended it’s in-person summer school program on Tuesday after eight students showed up with temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher. About 60 students attended the program, which began Monday. Principal Mark Taylor says students were screened for symptoms and temperatures upon arrival to the building before getting out of the car. Officials say the district is working closely with Des Moines County Public Health to determine if or when the summer program can resume in-person instruction.

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge ordered probation for an Iowa businessman with deep ties to the Republican Party, saying he failed to show genuine remorse for assaulting a woman at his home last year. Judge Michael Huppert rejected a request by David Greenspon for a deferred judgment in the assault, which occurred at Greenspon’s West Des Moines mansion last November. Instead, he said that Greenspon would be convicted of assault with intent to inflict serious injury, and the aggravated misdemeanor would stay on his record even if he successfully completes his one-year probation term. Greenspon is the owner of Competitive Edge, a Des Moines advertising supply company.

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s executive branch has reported receiving 1.4 million donated surgical masks from corporations and a foreign government to help fight the coronavirus. Disclosure filings show the masks came from the Government of Taiwan and one of its U.S. offices, a Chinese auto parts conglomerate, a major apparel company and Iowa’s largest health insurer. In all, Gov. Kim Reynolds accepted pandemic-related supplies with an estimated total value of $1.33 million as gifts to the state. The most valuable came from Hanesbrands, the North Carolina-based clothing company, which gave 1.2 million of its surgical procedure masks.

Illinois News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification cards and license plate stickers have been extended one more month to Nov. 1. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday that expired documents will remain valid so customers need not need rush into state Driver Services offices, especially during the current heat wave. The extension also covers those who have July, August and September expiration dates. White says if someone must visit an office, they should be prepared to wait outside due to social distancing, which limits the number of people inside an office facility at one time.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police say they’re creating a citywide crime fighting unit to combat the kind of gun violence that over the July 4 weekend left 17 people dead and dozens more wounded. The department announced this week that the unit will be deployed to halt sudden outbursts of gun violence. This kind of unit has a checkered history in Chicago.  One unit that won praise for helping reduce violent crime was disbanded after some of its officers were found to be committing crimes. Another was disbanded amid concerns that it was creating a divide between the department and minority communities.

 

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Ballots from a Illinois sheriff election are being recounted _ 20 months later. Tony Brown has been serving as Macon County sheriff after defeating Jim Root, a Republican, by one vote out of roughly 40,000 cast in 2018. The recount started Tuesday and could last weeks. It was ordered by a judge as a compromise agreed to by both men after Root filed a legal challenge to the one-vote defeat. Ten election judges — five Republicans and five Democrats — are being paid $10 an hour to recount the ballots by hand.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois reported more than 900 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the highest one-day total since early June. Meanwhile, Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the state is rolling out 12 mobile testing teams, which will be prepared to visit meat factories, nursing homes and homeless shelters. The public health department reported 980 new virus cases and 36 deaths. Illinois deaths now total 7,099. From July 1 to Tuesday, the rate of positive tests was 2.6%. The state’s public health chief said there has been an increase in infections among young people who have attended social gatherings.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The president of Wisconsin’s chamber of commerce is renewing his call for the state Department of Health Services not to publish the names of businesses traced to two or more positive cases of COVID-19. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce President Kurt Bauer last week asked that DHS back off its plans to make the names public. A department spokeswoman said Tuesday there were no plans to publish them, but agency Secretary Andrea Palm appeared to hedge during a news conference when she said there were no plans to do that “this week.” Bauer said Wednesday that releasing the names was “potentially defamatory.”

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers’ administration has postponed the reopening of the state Capitol building and will require all state employees to wear masks inside of state facilities starting next week. The Capitol building has been shuttered since March as part of Evers’ plan to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. It had been set to open next Monday, but Evers’ administration announced Wednesday that it will remain closed indefinitely. The administration also announced that starting Monday, all state employees must wear masks when working indoors in state facilities, including in bathrooms, elevators and parking garages.

 

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin police officer says he did what any dog lover would do when a pet is in a burning home. He rescued the pup. Caledonia K-9 Officer Cory Radke and his canine partner, Lou, were on their way home Monday when Radke saw smoke and heard a dispatcher calling all squad cars to the fire. WITI-TV reports that Radke was first to arrive at the house. He kicked in a side door, found a dog named Deezel on the couch and got the dog outside. Firefighters found another dog, Fido, under a bed and got that dog outside. No one was hurt.

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says he plans to seek federal approval to restart a long-stalled project to expand a 3.5-mile stretch of Interstate 94 around Milwaukee. Then-Gov. Scott Walker abandoned the project in 2017, when it came with a price tag close to $1 billion. The plans were to expand the east-west corridor from four to eight lanes to ease congestion in one of the most dangerous stretches in the state. It runs from the Marquette interchange at 16th Street to the Zoo interchange at 70th Street.