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Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Mo. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is devastating rural hospitals, including the tiny 25-bed facility in Memphis, Missouri. People come from six surrounding counties for basic care at Scotland County Hospital. No beds are available and nurses are often working 24 extra hours a week. Larger hospitals nearby are full, too, so it’s difficult to transfer patients needing more critical care. Doctors and nurses say the struggle is made worse when people in the community continue to downplay the virus, with some calling it a hoax. Yet the situation is so dire that doctors sometimes have to send infected people home, telling them to come back if their condition worsens.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have certified a Republican candidate as a six-vote winner for an open seat in the U.S. House, in what is shaping up to be the closest congressional election in decades. Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks finished ahead of Democrat Rita Hart in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District after a recount saw her 47-vote lead steadily dwindle to single digits. The state Board of Canvass voted Monday afternoon to certify Miller-Meeks as the winner over Hart by a final count of 196,964 to 196,958. The board also certified President Donald Trump as the winner of the state’s six electoral votes.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coronavirus deaths continued to increase in the past two weeks as the state ends November posting 687 deaths. That’s a 34% increase from the 512 deaths reported in October. Iowa reported 28 additional deaths on Monday, pushing the state total to 2,403. There were 1,200 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. Hospitalizations continued to fall but some health care officials are expressing concern that they may rise again if Thanksgiving gatherings caused additional virus spread as expected.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, is back in the Senate on Monday after testing positive for coronavirus two weeks ago. Grassley, 87, isolated after finding out he had been exposed to the virus and tested positive shortly after that. He said in a statement that he never had any symptoms and had been cleared to return to the office by his doctors. He says the disease affects people differently. He added, “More than a thousand Americans are dying every day and many more are hospitalized. That means we all have to do our part to help protect our friends, family and fellow Americans.”

Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Joe Biden’s victory in Wisconsin has been certified following a partial recount that added slightly to his 20,600-vote margin over President Donald Trump. Certification of the results on Monday starts a five-day window for Trump to file a lawsuit. Trump on Saturday promised to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the election by disqualifying tens of thousands of ballots. He alleges without evidence that there was widespread fraud and illegal activity. Trump’s legal challenges have failed in other battleground states. Biden’s campaign has said the recount showed that Biden won Wisconsin decisively and there was no fraud.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials at a Madison high school say a student has died after a brief coronavirus-related illness. In an email to students and families, East High School’s principal said junior Isai Morocho died unexpectedly during the Thanksgiving break. Principal Brendan Kearney described Morocho as “a caring friend and family member with a ready smile and great sense of humor,” as well as an excellent student. The high school has set up virtual meetings for Monday and Tuesday afternoons to provide support for grieving students and staff.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are looking for the cause of a weekend fire that killed a man in Appleton. Officials say the man’s house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived Saturday. A next-door neighbor spotted the flames and called 911. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control in about 30 minutes and found the victim once the fire was extinguished. Fire officials say the house is considered a total loss. The state fire marshal’s office is investigating.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators have approved the final permit for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota. The decision gives the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday granted a construction storm water permit. It was the last hurdle that Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge needed to clear. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the independent Minnesota Public Utilities Commission gave their final approvals last week. Replacement segments in Canada, North Dakota and Wisconsin are already complete. But environmental and tribal groups are still fighting the project.

Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New cases of coronavirus illness on Monday fell to 6,190, the lowest single-day total in more than a month, but deaths continued at a rapid clip and officials fear the downturn in illnesses won’t last.The drop in confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, was the third in three days. There were 85 deaths.But fearful of the fallout from the Thanksgiving holiday, when millions of Americans traveled and gathered for celebrations, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that restrictions on social interaction in Illinois, so-called Tier 3 mitigations, will remain in place for at least the next few weeks.

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — A fourth teenager has died from injuries in an October car crash in southern Illinois. Max Koehler of rural Vienna died Thursday while in hospice care in Missouri. Max would have turned 16 on Dec. 7. Students and teachers at Vienna High School are encouraged to wear anything associated with one of his favorite teams, the St. Louis Cardinals, on Tuesday. Six teenagers were riding in a vehicle when it went off the road and struck a tree in Ozark in Johnson County on Oct. 25. Two survived.

CHICAGO (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is considering former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as his transportation secretary. Biden’s pick to lead the Transportation Department is not believed to be imminent, and Emanuel is among multiple candidates in the running for the Cabinet position. That’s according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private deliberations. Emanuel is a substantial and somewhat divisive figure in Democratic Party politics. Some party progressives are critical of Emanuel’s handling of the police shooting death of Black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white officer when Emanuel was mayor.

CHICAGO (AP) — A one-year prison sentence was handed a northern Illinois butcher who pleaded guilty to operating a sports-betting business and failing to report his proceeds to the Internal Revenue Service. Domenic Poeta admitted in a plea agreement with prosecutors that from 2014 to 2018, he used offshore betting websites based in the Caribbean to process millions of dollars in sports wagers. He admitted earlier this year that between 2012 and 2017, he made more than $3.7 million. During sentencing Monday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly said the length and breadth of Poeta’s scheme was enormous and his income undercounted. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kennelly ordered the 63-year-old Poeta to report to prison May 29.