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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A psychologist in charge of treating Iowa’s most dangerous sex offenders violated policies by developing an improperly close relationship with a violent predator who became obsessed with her. A termination letter obtained by The Associated Press alleges that Shannon Sanders, the treatment director at the Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders in Cherokee, committed “boundary violations” with a male patient. The man’s attorney says his client was “willing to kill” for her.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly in October to 2.6% but remains among the lowest in the nation. Iowa Workforce Development reported Tuesday that the rate climbed from 2.5% in September. The unemployment rate also was higher than a year ago, when the October 2018 figure was 2.4%. Iowa’s unemployment rate is tied for the fourth lowest in the nation, behind Vermont, North Dakota and Utah. The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 3.6%.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The longtime vice chairman of an insurance pool for Iowa municipalities will not seek re-election, following scrutiny of its travel and his arrest for domestic violence. Gary Mahannah said earlier this year he would seek another 4-year board term on the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, where he’s served since its formation in the 1980s. But he recently changed his mind, telling board members his departure would be “the best path forward” for a program that insures about 800 municipalities.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – Burlington is set to become a stop for a major river cruise line in the next few years. City officials signed a two-year agreement Monday with Viking Cruises, which is based in Basel, Switzerland. Viking has ordered the ships that will cruise the Mississippi River, but they won’t be ready until 2022. The Viking ships are set to dock at Burlington 30 times between July 2022 and October 2023.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago police officer was shot in the head during a shootout on the city’s Northwest Side that left a suspect dead and a teenage bystander wounded. Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the 46-year-old officer was wounded Tuesday evening as police responded to a vehicle pursuit involving a bank robbery suspect and officers from the suburb of Des Plaines. After the chase ended, Johnson said, the suspect entered a music store, where he was fatally shot by a Des Plaines officer.

CHICAGO (AP) – Bodies pulled from an auto found submerged in Lake Michigan have been identified as those of two men who disappeared after leaving a Chicago bar over the weekend. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victims as 22-year-old Joseph Ramos of Franklin Park and 21-year-old Antonio Lemon of River Grove. Chicago police say detectives investigating the men’s disappearance tracked a pinging cellphone to a harbor near Chicago’s central business district.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – HomeAdvisor has announced plans to close its Colorado Springs customer service center by year’s end and lay off all 229 employees. The Gazette reported the company that connects homeowners with home improvement contractors will consolidate the Colorado Springs operation with its Golden and Denver offices. The company opened the Colorado Springs center in April 2015. Terminated employees are expected to receive severance packages, job search assistance and outplacement and career counseling.

CHICAGO (AP) – A judge has refused to expunge the record of white, former Chicago police officer who was acquitted of fatally shooting an unarmed black woman. Dante Servin last week appeared in Cook County Court asking that his records tied to the 2012 death of Rekia Boyd be stricken from police and court databases. In rejecting the request, Judge LeRoy K. Martin Jr. on Tuesday noted a not guilty verdict did not always mean a defendant is innocent. Servin resigned from the Chicago Police Department in 2016.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee has filed a lawsuit seeking to force Gov. Tony Evers to release records related to the funding of farmer mental health programs. Rep. John Nygren of Marinette filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court. Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff declined immediate comment. The lawsuit continues a fight over $100,000 in funding for farmer mental health programs.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources says it’s sold roughly the same number of licenses allowing hunters to kill deer as this time last year. The DNR released data Tuesday that shows that as of Sunday the department has sold 538,643 licenses. That compares with 539,137 licenses as of the same date in 2018.

ARCADIA, Wis. (AP) – School officials say one student suffered minor injuries when a school bus rolled over in western Wisconsin. The crash happened around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday south of Arcadia. Superintendent Lance Bagstad says the bus was carrying about 20 children. One student was taken from the scene by ambulance with minor injuries. The rest of the students were taken to Arcadia Middle School. Authorities say the driver apparently lost control of the bus after going over mud. No other vehicles were involved.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a bipartisan bill that set criteria for honorary highway and bridge designations. Evers says he vetoed the measure Tuesday because he objects to limiting the ability to commemorate those who have made significant contributions or sacrifices for the people of Wisconsin. For example, Evers says under the criteria, honoring victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks would not have been allowed.