Sunday, May 24, 2015

MORAVIA, IA (IRN) – An Oskaloosa man was killed Saturday morning after the boat he was operating rolled at Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County.  The DNR reports that Gregory Alan Williams, 50, of Oskaloosa, was killed when the boat he was operating overturned, throwing him and a passenger into the water. He was later pronounced dead after being taken to Mercy Medical Center in Centerville. The passenger was not seriously injured.

DES MOINES (IRN) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to six companies for job creation and expansion projects on Friday. The awards are expected to assist in the creation of over 1,300 jobs and nearly $400 million in new capital investment for the state. Among the projects approved were a Beck’s Hybrids sales office and distribution center in Colfax, a ConAgra expansion in Waterloo, and a new pork processing facility in Sioux City.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – An early morning fire did considerable damage to a home in Cedar Rapids on Saturday. KCRG TV reports that crews responded to a report of two vehicles on fire. When they arrived, the fire had spread to the home and into the attic. One person was home when the fire started and was able to safely escape.

DES MOINES (IRN) – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and former Rep. Tom Latham scored well in a new index measuring bipartisanship, while Rep. Steve King and former Sen. Tom Harkin trended the other way. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that the rankings come from the Bipartisan Index, created by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University to show how often members of Congress work across party lines.