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Around The Region

Jul 22, 2012

A quick look at news from around the Tri-State Region 


Members of United Steelworkers Local 444 have ratified a new contract with Henniges Automotive.

The union represents more than 400 workers at the auto-parts supplier in Keokuk.

Employees had been working under their previous contract after rejecting an earlier offer roughly two weeks ago.


A hunting preserve in Davis County is under quarantine after a white-tail deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says this is the state’s first positive test for the neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose.

The agency says it will increase testing of wild deer in the area.

Davis County is about 50 miles west of Lee County.


The price of a lunch for students in the Fort Madison School District will increase by ten cents during the upcoming school year.

At the same time, the school board has agreed to freeze breakfast prices.


A state corrections officer in southeast Iowa, shown to be kicking an inmate in a video, says he is contesting his firing for using excessive force.

The video obtained by the Des Moines Register shows Michael Scott of Montrose taking an inmate to his cell at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The footage from last November shows the jailer backing up and kicking the prisoner.

Scott was fired in December.  He says the state workers union is contesting his firing.