The Chicago Sun-Times reports Monday that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Mrs. Duckworth, 43, submitted her resignation. She lost a close bid for Congress in 2006 to Illinois Republican Pete Roskam. Running for a U.S. House seat still remains an option for her.
Mrs. Duckworth was a helicopter pilot in Iraq when she lost both her legs and partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in 2004.
The U.S. Senate confirmed Mrs. Duckworth’s nomination to the Veterans Affairs post in April 2009. She previously was chief of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and served with the Illinois National Guard.
Hole in levee widens to 300 feet
HAMBURG — Federal officials on Monday night said the swollen Missouri River punched a nearly 300-foot hole into a levee near the southwest Iowa town of Hamburg, and powerful floodwaters continued to widen the breach.
It’s one of two levees that ruptured along the river Monday morning, sending torrents of water over rural farmland toward Hamburg and the Missouri resort town of Big Lake.
Officials originally estimated that the levee just south of Hamburg had a 50-foot hole, but it had grown to nearly 300 feet by Monday evening.
Floodwater is expected by Wednesday to reach the top of a secondary levee protecting Hamburg, home to about 1,100 people.
Police: Man killed wife, 2 kids, self
DEXTER — A father angry over being denied access to his children and being legally barred from seeing them went to their home Monday morning and killed them, his estranged wife and then himself.
Investigators can’t say for sure what pushed Steven Lake over the edge, Maine State Police Maj. Gary Wright said, but a relative told the Associated Press that Lake was frustrated by an ongoing custody dispute and particularly upset about having to miss his son’s eighth-grade graduation.
Lake, 37, fatally shot schoolteacher Amy Lake, 38, and their two children, Monica, 12, and Cote, 13, with a shotgun before killing himself Monday morning, Maj. Wright said. Police also found a flammable liquid poured around the inside of the house, but it wasn’t ignited.
A Dexter police officer went to check on Mrs. Lake at 8 a.m. Monday at her tidy two-story red clapboard home on the north shore of Lake Wassookeag when she didn’t show up for work at the Ridge View Community School and when Steven Lake’s car was spotted in her driveway. The officer heard multiple gunshots after pulling into the driveway and called for help.