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SOLON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say two people were killed and one injured in an eastern Iowa collision. The crash occurred around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Iowa Highway 1, just south of Solon in Johnson County. The Iowa State Patrol says one vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle. The names of the three people involved haven’t been released.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) – A private school in southeast Iowa that was on the verge of closure says it has secured new funding that will keep its doors open. The board of Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant voted Thursday to continue operations after securing funding from alumni and the community, as well as collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered flags on state property flown at half-staff to honor a fallen sailor from Traer in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. U.S. and state flags are to be lowered from sunrise to sunset Friday to coincide with a burial Mass in Traer for William Kvidera. Kvidera was a 22-year-old carpenter’s mate 3rd class assigned to the USS Oklahoma when it was torpedoed on Dec. 7, 1941. His remains were recently identified.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Banking giant Wells Fargo has informed employees that it will lay off 400 workers in the Des Moines area. Local bank spokesman Steve Carlson told the Des Moines Register that the company notified employees in the home lending department on Thursday. The layoffs go into effect early next year. Wells Fargo employs more than 15,500 people in Iowa, including about 14,000 in metropolitan Des Moines.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promises he isn’t going to “retreat” after losing re-election last week, signaling potential support for a variety of Republican-backed efforts to limit the power of his Democratic successor, including moving the date of the 2020 presidential primary. Walker, in his first comments to reporters since losing to Democrat Tony Evers, said Thursday he was open to a number of changes to gubernatorial power being discussed by Republicans who control the state Legislature.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A spokeswoman for Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers says it’s time Republicans “got serious” about working with the incoming Democratic governor on the state’s issues. Evers’ spokeswoman reacted Thursday after GOP Gov. Scott Walker said he’s open to Republican proposals for a lame-duck legislative session that would limit the governor’s powers before Evers takes office. Evers narrowly defeated Walker last week. Walker says the proposals being discussed seem “pretty reasonable.”

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is at or below 3 percent for a record ninth month in a row. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was 3 percent in October, the same as in August and September. The state lost 1,600 private-sector jobs between September and October but was up 32,000 from the previous year. Prior to last year, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate never dropped below 3 percent.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin authorities say a white-tailed deer harvested from a hunt ranch in Portage County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the hunt ranch had purchased the 3-year-old buck from a Portage County breeding farm. The department has quarantined both the breeding farm and the hunt ranch. That means no animals may move in or out of the farm. CWD is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk and moose.

Illinois News

CHICAGO (AP) – Drugmaker AbbVie is donating $55 million to three education nonprofits that serve students in high-poverty neighborhoods. The Illinois-based company on announced the donations Friday. Communities in Schools will receive $30 million. City Year will receive $10 million to help place diverse, trained AmeriCorps members into schools to serve as tutors, mentors and role models. The University of Chicago Education Lab is getting $15 million.

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) – A special prosecutor has dropped charges against a man whose conviction in the death of a Southern Illinois University student was overturned on appeal. Prosecutors say they plan to rebuild a case against Gaege Bethune in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese. Prosecutor David Robinson said Thursday the state will begin again by re-investigating the murder case against Bethune. Bethune’s attorney says no evidence was presented at trial to prove the prosecution’s case

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has set up an online guide to answer consumers’ questions about recycling. IEPA Director Alec Messina announced the Recycle Illinois webpage Thursday as part of America Recycles Day. It answers typical curbside recycling questions. It also identifies appropriate places to take recyclables that cannot be collected in most curbside recycling programs in Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A 41-year-old East Peoria man with his own cable hunting show has been indicted on felony charges that he killed one more deer than a permit allowed him to kill and then trying to cover his tracks. In a news release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield says Christopher Brackett allegedly killed two bucks in 2013 instead of the one his permit allowed and tried to make it appear that his cameraman of his show called “Fear No Evil” for the Outdoor Channel had killed the second buck.

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