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VINTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have cleared two eastern Iowa police officers who exchanged gunshots with a man. Benton County Attorney David Thompson says the officers were justified in using deadly force because they were confronted with a deadly threat. The Iowa Public Safety Department says 43-year-old Lyle Fowler shot toward two Vinton police officers sent to check his welfare on Sept. 7. The two officers fired back, but no one was wounded in the exchange.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Investigators say a state agency director who was a top ally of Gov. Kim Reynolds sexually harassed at least three female subordinates, routinely made inappropriate sexual comments and often drank on the job. An investigation found that Iowa Finance Authority director Dave Jamison grabbed one employee’s breasts in front of others at a bar near Okoboji in December 2016. The investigation found Jamison watched a pornographic video in front of that woman while they were driving together.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state ethics board says Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds did nothing wrong in accepting nine rides on private jets in the last 14 months, concluding they were legitimate in-kind campaign contributions allowable under Iowa’s gift law. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board on Thursday considered complaints about a December trip to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, when Reynolds and family members flew on the jet owned by Sedgwick, a company with a $1 million state contract.

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Relatives of the 22-year-old Iowa man charged in the stabbing death of a top amateur golfer from Spain say they are “devastated.” Collin Richards’ family said Thursday that their “thoughts and prayers” are with those close to Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena, whose body was found Monday in a golf course pond. Richards is charged with first-degree murder in Barquin’s death. Officers found Barquin’s body in the pond near the ninth hole at a public golf course in Ames.

Wisconsin News

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – An organization that represents states in the Great Lakes region says governments should push harder to protect water quality through use of “green infrastructure.” A report issued this week by the Great Lakes Commission recommends a number of steps to encourage greater reliance on natural features such as rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs and street trees. They filter out pollutants, preventing them from reaching streams and rivers that drain into the Great Lakes.

MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) – Authorities have identified the gunman who died after shooting four co-workers at a Wisconsin software company. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office says the shooter was 43-year-old Anthony Y. Tong. The office says he died from “firearm related trauma” in Wednesday’s shooting at WTS Paradigm in Middleton. The examiner says an autopsy was conducted Thursday but that more testing is underway.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Kevin Nicholson is voicing his support for Leah Vukmir, a month after she defeated him in the GOP Senate primary. Nicholson sent an email to supporters on Thursday where he reaffirmed his support for Vukmir, which he had first voiced the night of his defeat. Vukmir beat him by 6 points. Nicholson is a former U.S. Marine and Delafield management consultant.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin was scheduled to host a fundraiser in October with the attorneys representing the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault from when they were both in high school. But Baldwin’s campaign says the attorneys will now no longer be at the event, which was scheduled before the allegations were made against Kavanaugh.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors have called their last witness and rested their case in the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Defense attorneys for Officer Jason Van Dyke are expected to call their first witness on Monday.

CHICAGO (AP) – The candidates for Illinois governor are clashing over taxes during their first televised debate. Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois’ flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than others. But he won’t say what the new rates should be. He says it should be negotiated with the Legislature. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says Pritzker won’t answer the question because “the truth is so painful.” Pritzker says Rauner is lying.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a 2012 law that sought to clarify property tax exemptions for charitable hospitals. The court voted 7-0 in an opinion issued Thursday. It ruled on a law that allows issuing tax exemptions to hospitals when the value of the “charity care” or “free or discounted services” they provide exceed its estimated tax liability. Constance Oswald argued that the law requires an exemption regardless of whether the constitutional requirements are met.

CHICAGO (AP) – A 46-year-old Indiana man has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to an alleged scheme that involved his recycling firms reselling hazardous electronic waste. A statement from prosecutors says Brian Brundage of Dyer pleaded guilty this week to wire fraud and tax evasion. Prosecutors say he told clients falsely that the companies were recycling electronic waste, such as video display components, and that it was being handled in an environmentally friendly way.