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2014-05-29

Tyson makes rival $6.2 billion bid for Hillshire Brands

Hillshire Brands has another suitor. Tyson Foods Co. is offering to buy Hillshire for $50 per share. That's $5 per share higher than Pilgrim's Pride offer earlier this week. Hillshire Brands, which makes Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean…

posted 2014-05-29 08:25:12 by KXEL

Montour man pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

A Montour man faces up to five years in prison when he sentenced later this year for bankruptcy fraud. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the northern Iowa district says 51-year-old Jay Freese pleaded guilty and was convicted Wednesday of hiding…

posted 2014-05-29 05:53:58 by KXEL

2014-05-28

Cedar Rapids man charged with theft of wheelchairs

Police have arrested a Cedar Rapids man suspected of stealing wheelchairs from an organization that holds sports and recreation activities for those with disabilities. Authorities say 39-year-old Rick Allen Smith is charged with felony theft and criminal mischief. Police say…

posted 2014-05-28 19:41:44 by KXEL

World War I trenches unearthed at Camp Dodge

The Iowa National Guard Base at Camp Dodge in Johnston has uncovered important historical remnants of World War I trenches built in 1917 to train U.S. soldiers before they were shipped out to Europe. Excavation began last week and continues…

posted 2014-05-28 19:40:24 by KXEL

Dubuque police volunteer pleads not guilty to theft

A former treasurer for a Dubuque police unit has pleaded not guilty to theft in connection to missing funds from the volunteer organization. Court records show 26-year-old Allen R. Berger entered his plea Tuesday on a charge of second-degree theft.…

posted 2014-05-28 19:38:29 by KXEL

Authorities lift lockdown at Alburnett High School

A lockdown at an eastern Iowa high school has been lifted after authorities cleared a weapon threat. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says the lockdown at Alburnett High School in Alburnett began Wednesday afternoon after authorities said they received a…

posted 2014-05-28 19:36:17 by KXEL

Iowa, Nebraska cities get EPA redevelopment grants

Cities in Iowa and Nebraska have been notified they will receive federal grant money to help redevelop contaminated properties. The Environmental Protection Agency says Oskaloosa, in southeast Iowa will get $400,000 to assess sites for the presence of hazardous waste…

posted 2014-05-28 19:34:08 by KXEL

Authorities: Girl dies after Montezuma crash

Authorities say a 6-year-old girl who was critically injured in an off-road utility vehicle crash near Montezuma has died. The Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office says Kara Meyer died Wednesday from injuries sustained in the rollover crash Monday. The Iowa State…

posted 2014-05-28 16:15:34 by KXEL

Documents: UNI fired assistant coach over tickets

Documents show the University of Northern Iowa has fired an assistant football coach after learning he sold complimentary tickets. The Des Moines Register obtained documents from UNI through Iowa's open records law that show the university became aware in October…

posted 2014-05-28 16:11:40 by KXEL

Authorities place Alburnett High School on lockdown

A high school in eastern Iowa has been placed on lockdown as authorities investigate a report of a person with a weapon nearby. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says Alburnett High School in Alburnett was on lockdown Wednesday afternoon, but…

posted 2014-05-28 16:05:45 by KXEL

Dubuque County Fair seeks help after losses

The Dubuque County Fair Association is blaming declining attendance and rising energy costs for losses that have put the organization in a financial bind. The fair's finance committee will meet with bank advisers Thursday to develop a proposal in which…

posted 2014-05-28 11:16:24 by KXEL

Tiffin residents ordered to boil tap water

Residents of Tiffin have been told to boil their tap water over the next three days. The three-day boil order takes effect Wednesday. The boil order comes as the town is replacing a defective mixer in a new water tower.…

posted 2014-05-28 09:52:11 by KXEL

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