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KLEM News, July 17, 2011

(Information in the following story is from: KGAN-TV,

AMANA, Iowa (AP) Whirlpool Corp. is laying off 350 workers from its refrigerator plant in Iowa.

A spokeswoman for the Michigan-based company told KGAN-TV that 300 permanent workers and 50 summer workers are losing their jobs.

Workers were told of the layoffs on Friday. They take effect Aug. 1.

Earlier this year, Whirlpool announced plans to move some production capacity from a plant in Indiana to Amana, Iowa. At the time, officials expected the change to create 60 jobs.

Police identify Iowa motorcyclist killed in crash

Authorities have released the name of a motorcyclist who was killed in a fiery crash in Des Moines.

Police identified the victim of Thursday night's crash as 31-year-old Shalan Ray.

Police say Ray was near the lead of a group of motorcycles when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Jeep. One of the vehicles burst into flames.

Ray died at the scene and, police say, another motorcyclist was taken to a Des Moines hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Man's body found behind Fairfield hotel

(Information in the following story is from: The Fairfield Ledger.)

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) Police are investigating the discovery of a man's body in an apartment behind a Fairfield hotel.

The Fairfield Ledger is reporting that the body of 45-year-old John Streitmatter was found Thursday morning in an apartment at the back of the Landmark Inn. The medical examiner pronounced Streitmatter dead at the scene. Police say the apartment was owned by the Streitmatters. They say it appeared he had hit his head.

Police say in a news release that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and foul play is not suspected.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known and an autopsy was being performed.

Former Iowa coach heads to trial over sex texts

(Information in the following story is from: WHO-TV,

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) A former assistant girls' track coach in Urbandale is headed to trial for allegedly sending sexual text messages to a teenage girl.

WHO-TV reports 33-year-old Chad Ziesman pleaded not guilty Friday to sexual exploitation of a minor. His trial is set for Sept. 14.

Police have said a 14-year-old-girl told school officials she received inappropriate text and e-mail messages from Ziesman.

Ziesman had been a coach and substitute teacher at Urbandale Middle School. He resigned after his arrest.

Ex-Iowa player begins 1-week sentence for assault

A former University of Iowa football player is serving his 7-day sentence for the 2007 assault of a female student-athlete.

Cedric Everson was being held Saturday in the Johnson County jail. The 22-year-old Everson reported there Friday, and he's expected to be released early next Friday.

Everson was found guilty earlier this year of simple assault. Prosecutors have said Everson sexually assaulted a freshmen athlete who was passed out after his then-teammate Abe Satterfield did so first in a dorm room.

Satterfield received a suspended sentence on an assault charge after agreeing to testify at Everson's trial.

Satterfield and Everson were suspended from the Hawkeyes' football team and both later transferred.

Iowa man says verbal abuse led to fatal shooting

(Information in the following story is from: Newton Daily News,

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) A Newton man charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend says he shot her because of her verbal abuse.

The Newton Daily News reports Jay Mack testified Friday during his trial that Angelina Ancer's abuse made him fear for his life and led to the Oct. 9 shooting at the couple's home.

Mack is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the 43-year-old Ancer. Police have said Mack retrieved a gun from their garage and shot her several times.

The trial will resume Monday.

Iowa man faces trial over fatal shooting at home

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) A trial is under way for a man accused of killing a woman at his eastern Iowa home.

The trial for 39-year-old Tonch Weldon, of Blairstown, began Wednesday. It's expected to take two weeks.

Weldon is charged with first-degree murder in the June 2010 death of 35-year-old Amy Gephart. Authorities say he shot Gephart with a 20-gauge shotgun before turning the gun on himself. Gephart was living with Weldon and his family at the time. Gephart died at the scene. Weldon was hospitalized but recovered.

The prosecution wrapped up its case on Friday. The trial will resume Tuesday.

Iowa governor thinks Perry likely to make 2012 run

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he think it's very likely that Texas Governor Rick Perry will jump into the GOP presidential race.

Branstad is basing that opinion on a conversation the two governors had Friday.

Branstad tells The Associated Press that Perry told him his family is encouraging him to run. Branstad says he expects Perry to visit Iowa, home of the first caucuses, within the next month.

Branstad is at the National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City, which Perry is skipping. Perry called Branstad as he gathers input about a potential run.

Perry has been making hundreds of calls to potential donors, activists and political figures around the country as he ponders a run for president.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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