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September 25th, 2012 by Doug Evans

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A University of Iowa fraternity is being shut down after hazing allegations. The national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon says it’s expelling the chapter’s 90 members. Authorities haven’t discussed details about the case.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa state senator says more than $240 million in state and local tax dollars that’s being committed to attract a fertilizer plant to southeast Iowa is part of the “worst economic deal in state history.” Iowa City Democrat Joe Bolkcom says he believes the $1.4 billion Orascom project was already headed to Iowa and the state didn’t need to be so generous. Iowa’s money was on top of $300 million in federal subsidies.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Union employees at Anderson Erickson Dairy are returning to work in Des Moines after a one-day strike. The company and the Teamsters union agreed last night to meet to discuss union members’ health care benefits.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new consultant’s report says Iowa could save nearly $116.3 million a year if it overhauled state worker benefits. Aon Hewitt officials say the state should have 29,000 state employees pay higher deductibles and 20 percent of their health care premiums.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers and police officers will gather to dedicate a bridge in honor of a trooper who died in the line of duty. A Cedar River bridge on Interstate380/Highway 20 will be dedicated tomorrow in honor of Trooper Charles Whitney. He died in June 1985 when he was struck by a vehicle whose driver had fallen asleep.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa prison officials will conduct an emergency drill that could cause traffic delays in the corridor between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. The Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale plans to conduct a “full-scale emergency preparedness exercise” today. Authorities say motorists will experience an increase in traffic near the prison.