McCaskill bill addresses northern Missouri mailing quirk

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has introduced a bill that would put an end to a Postal Service quirk requiring some rural northern Missouri residents to have Iowa mailing addresses.

Details of the bill were announced Wednesday.

For years, some Missourians in Atchison, Clark, Harrison, Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler and Scotland counties have been assigned Iowa mailing addresses. Clark and Scotland counties are adjacent to Lee and Van Buren counties in southeast Iowa.

The Postal Service has not explained why, and even impacted residents have said they've never been given a good explanation. McCaskill sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan in November seeking immediate action to rectify the addresses.

Missourians with Iowa addresses have said it causes confusion on emergency calls, forces some residents to cast provisional ballots at the polls and creates uncertainty in filing taxes.


Obama Foundation officials release revised design plans

New details are emerging about the Obama Presidential Center including design revisions for a taller and sleeker museum tower and hundreds of new trees.

The changes are part of the plans that the Obama Foundation submitted to city of Chicago officials on Wednesday. Other changes for the estimated $350 million project include more green space, 400 new trees, more links to an existing science museum and underground parking.

The facility will be built along Lake Michigan on Chicago's South Side.

Crews are expected to break ground later this year and open doors in 2021.

Organizers envision the facility as a cultural attraction that'll create 5,000 jobs during construction and over 2,500 permanent jobs once the center opens. Foundation officials say they're expecting up to 760,000 visitors each year.


Missouri man gets 15 years for robbing Iowa bank

A Missouri man with a record of robberies has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a bank heist in eastern Iowa.

Court records say 60-year-old Peter Lundberg, of St. Ann, Missouri, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Davenport. Records show Lundberg has two prior federal convictions for bank robbery and one state robbery conviction.

Prosecutors say Lundberg got less than $1,100 from a Bank of the West teller in Coralville, Iowa, when he robbed it on April 20. He and the woman driving him, Bridgette Durborow, of St. Peters, Missouri, were captured a short time later near Davenport.

Durborow has been sentenced to two years in prison.


Iowa to pay nearly $1.1 million in state worker's lawsuit

An Iowa board has approved payment of nearly $1.1 million in a lawsuit by a former state worker who said the state Natural Resources Department fired him because of a work injury.

A judge had ordered the state to pay John Vetter after a jury ruled in his favor in 2015. He'd alleged that the state had not made reasonable accommodations for his work-related back injury and was fired in 2013. Vetter had worked at the agency since 1976.

The state appealed the verdict all the way to the Iowa Supreme Court, which declined in November to hear an appeal of an Iowa Appeals Court decision backing the original verdict.

The Iowa Appeal Board agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $1.1 million.


Police say no crime suspected in death of 7-month-old

Police say no crime is suspected in the death of a 7-month-old who was being cared for at an in-home day care in northern Iowa.

Manly Police Chief Aaron Pals identified the child Tuesday as Haven Rozevink, who lived in Manly.

Medics were sent to the home in Manly around 3 p.m. Dec. 28. They performed CPR on Haven, and she was taken to a Mason City hospital. Pals said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. He also said autopsy results can't be released yet.


Democratic state senator drops Secretary of State bid

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will run uncontested in the Democratic primary after state Sen. Michael Hastings dropped out of the race.

In a joint statement Wednesday, White said he's named Hastings has honorary co-chair of his re-election committee and the two will work together.

Hastings, a Tinley Park Democrat, withdrew his petitions this week. He'd filed petitions to challenge White in the March 20 primary, saying he was going to make sure White was running for a sixth term and hadn't made a final decision.

In the Wednesday statement, Hastings said he's proud to join White's campaign.

White first won office in 1998 and has easily won re-election since.

In November, he'll face Republican Jason Helland, who's the state's attorney in Grundy County.