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Saturday News, November 23

Braley To Visit Le Mars

(Le Mars) -- Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley will be making a campaign stop in Le Mars on Monday.  Braley, who presently serves as Iowa's 1st District Congressman, will meet and greet people at the Lally's East Side restaurant, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Braley wants to introduce himself to Iowans and discuss his work bringing people together to strengthen the middle class, stand up for veterans, and create economic opportunity.


Cherokee Man Faces Attempted Murder Charges

(Cherokee) -- A Cherokee resident who police say chased a woman through her home and hit a man with a hammer is scheduled to be arraigned on December 9th.  Joseph Kosiba, 34, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, single felony counts of first degree burglary, willful injury, resulting in bodily injury, going armed with intent and assault while participating in a felony, and single misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse assault and first degree harassment.  Police say in court documents say Kosiba armed himself with a claw hammer and kicked in a door at the woman's home in the 200 block of East Maple Street in Cherokee on November 12th after previously threatening to kill her.  Police say Kosiba hit a man in the head with the hammer after the man confronted him inside the home.  The criminal charges were filed Thursday.


AGP, Inc Donates $25,000 To Phillipines

(Omaha) -- Ag Processing Inc. or AGP has announced that the company is aiding in the relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that has hit the Philippines.  AGP is making a $25,000 contribution to the Uygongco Foundation, a service organization affilitated with the La Filipina.
AGP Chief Executive Officer, Keith Spackler, says the company is saddened by the tragic loss of life and devastation to many communities in the Phillipines.  Spackler says, the Phillipines has been the largest international trade market in Asia for AGP for over a decade.  La Filipina has been an excellent trade partner in the Phillipines and AGP is pleased to support their efforts to provide relief to the people and places that need it the most.  AGP is a major supplier of soybean meal and other products to the Phillipines, utilizing numerous ports across the large island country.  AGP, the largest farmer-owned soybean processor in the world, is owned by 176 local and regional cooperatives, representing over 250,000 farmers in 15 states throughout the United States.  AGP has soybean processing facilities located in Sheldon and Sergant Bluff.


Branstad Blasts EPA Over Ethanol Decision

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican politicians from Iowa are gathering with ethanol industry executives at a central Iowa ethanol plant to speak out against the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to reduce the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline next year.
      Governor Terry Branstad says the EPA has embarked on a war on corn threatening thousands of jobs.
     He is accompanied at Lincolnway Energy near Nevada by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, U.S. Representative Steve King, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.
     The event is hosted by a coalition of companies and farm organizations whose members profit from ethanol production. They include DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta, and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.
     The EPA proposes to reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amounts of biofuels blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires.


Economic Development Board Awards Grants

(Des Moines) -- Business projects in five Iowa cities were awarded financial assistance and tax benefits Friday by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board. The projects in Johnston, Sioux City, Davenport, Dubuque, and Spencer are expected to create a combined 238 jobs, retain 26 jobs, and result in over $81 million in new capital investment. I-E-D-A spokesperson Tina Hoffman says the biggest project involves an expansion by DuPont Pioneer in Johnston.
 "It will be a $28 million capital investment and will create 105 jobs," Hoffman says. The IEDA Board awarded the company a tax benefits package. Echo Electric of Sioux City, which mainly supplies products to electrical contractors, will also receive tax benefits.  Hoffman says the company plans to build a distribution facility with office space in Sioux City. The expansion is expected to create 13 jobs and retain 24 jobs. The IEDA Board awarded Progressive Processing, which operates a plant in Dubuque, with tax benefits and $240,000 in direct financial assistance.  The subsidiary of Hormel Foods plans to add capacity to manufacture two additional products in Dubuque. The project is expected to create 91 new jobs.  Davenport-based manufacturer Genesis Systems Group was awarded tax benefits for the purchase of a building, machinery, and equipment. That expansion project is set to create nine jobs. And Hoffman says two projects impacting the town of Spencer will receive help from the IEDA.
Both projects involve tax benefits to Shine Brothers Corporation, which specializes in wire chopping, auto shredding, and recycling scrap metal. The projects are expect to create a combined 20 new jobs.





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