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Tyson Foods closing 3 plants in Iowa, NY, NM

Tyson Foods closing 3 plants in Iowa, NY, NM

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. says it’s closing three U.S. plants, employing a total 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company’s product needs have changed. Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat processor, announced Friday the planned closures of the plants in Cherokee, Iowa; Buffalo, New York; and Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The

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Former Waterloo counselor admits billings fraud

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 46-year-old Waterloo man has pleaded guilty to submitting fraudulent bills for his counseling services. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports ( ) that Anthony Thomas entered his plea Thursday. He admitted in Black Hawk County District Court that he submitted more than $2,400 in fraudulent bills to Magellan Behavior Health through


Foreman calls Iowa murder case a ‘slam dunk’

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The foreman of a jury that convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife says the prosecution’s case was a “slam dunk” even if the investigation had flaws. Thom Nelson told The Associated Press that the evidence showed “there was just no way” that anybody but Seth Techel could’ve

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Thieves strike Habitat for Humanity group in Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Tools worth more than $3,800 were stolen from a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Iowa. The Telegraph Herald reports ( ) last week’s burglary occurred at the latest site in Dubuque the homebuilding charity was working on. The theft has left one of the local charity’s board members frustrated that

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IA DNR Recommends Avoiding Blue-Green Algae Blooms

DES MOINES – A reported chemical spill on the Des Moines River above Saylorville Lake Wednesday turned out to be a blue-green algae bloom, according to DNR investigators. “It’s the time of year we start to see algae blooms, both green and blue-green,” said Mary Skopec, of the DNR’s beach monitoring program. “The heavy rainfall


President Declares Disaster for Iowa

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Iowa to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of June 14-23, 2014. The President’s action


RAGBRAI rider dies in northern Iowa

GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) — A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition. Bob Libby, medical director for The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, told The Des Moines Register ( ) the 63-year-old man died Monday while riding near Graettinger, a small northern Iowa city in

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Farmers encouraged to watch cattle closely for heat stress

Ames, IA – High temperatures, high humidity, solar radiation, and low-speed winds create the perfect environment for heat stress in cattle. Based on the forecast outlook for this afternoon and Tuesday, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging the state’s cattle producers to be prepared to make some changes that can make cattle more comfortable, especially

Returning Iowa Veterans: Getting Armed to Farm

Returning Iowa Veterans: Getting Armed to Farm

Des Moines, IA – A big weekend is approaching for veterans across the region who are ready to take their boots from the battle fields to the farm fields. The Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans aims to connect vets and service members considering a career in agriculture with information and resources on everything from land