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CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa inmate has died in custody of unknown causes. The Iowa Department of Corrections says inmate Paul Kissel was pronounced dead early Friday morning at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. He was 52. An autopsy has been ordered, but prison officials say his death is not considered suspicious.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A controversial high-voltage power line across western Wisconsin has been put into service after almost three years of construction. Supporters say the 180-mile, $580 million Badger Coulee line will enable clean and cheap wind energy from Minnesota and Iowa to reach big cities where there's demand. Opponents consider it an unnecessary expense that guarantees profits for the owners while discouraging conservation and local renewable energy investments.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A spokeswoman for an Iowa college says the school welcomes a student group's request to withdraw a union petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board. Grinnell College spokeswoman Debra Lukehart released a statement saying, "The college's concern has always been about how the expansion of the student union could affect Grinnell's distinctive culture and diminish educational opportunities for our students."
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters in Cedar Rapids say a 43-year-old woman has been hurt in an apartment fire. Fire officials say in a news release that the fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Gateway Apartments. Officials say the woman received CPR at the scene, and was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Her condition was not known late Friday afternoon.
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