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CORALVILLE APARTMENT BLAZE

People injured in fire at Coralville apartment

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - At least two people have been hospitalized after a fire that damaged a Coralville apartment building.

The fire was reported around 1 a.m. Friday. Resident Michael Limam told Cedar Rapids television station KCRG that smoke had trapped several people inside. Limam says he and his wife were rescued by firefighters.

Paramedics treated several people for smoke inhalation. The building has 12 apartments.

The fire cause is being investigated.

FATAL FIRE-MASON CITY

1 man dies, woman injured in house fire

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A cigarette was blamed for a house fire in Mason City that killed a man and injured a woman.

The Globe Gazette reports firefighters responded to the fire late Wednesday and found the occupants in different parts of the home.

Authorities say 62-year-old Jesse Pierce, who owned the home, was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died.

Cherie McClemons, a 59-year-old woman who lived in the house, was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Fire officials say the blaze started when a cigarette fell from an ashtray into the cushions of a living room recliner.

The home's smoke detectors didn't have batteries.

COGGON-BRIDGE FIRE

Iowa railroad bridge damaged in Linn County fire

COGGON, Iowa (AP) - A railroad spokesman says a historic Iowa bridge that ignited this week is now in need of repair.

Canadian National Railway spokesman Mark Hallman told KCRG-TV Thursday that the repairs to the Buffalo Creek bridge aren't expected to delay traffic. He described the work as "relatively minor."

It's unclear how long the repairs will take. The company uses the line to transport grain between Manchester and Cedar Rapids.

Coggon Fire Capt. Jason Hartman said the bridge was fully engulfed when responders arrived Wednesday. He says the curved truss bridge is unique and of historical value to the locals.

The cause of the fire is unclear.

HOG CONFINEMENT FIRE

Iowa firefighters douse flames at hog facility

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters in Washington County have extinguished a blaze at a hog confinement facility after battling it for about four hours.

A county spokeswoman says crews from eight departments responded to the fire in Crawfordsville on Thursday. She says the fire started at a facility owned by JDL Farms.

Firefighters worked the site from about 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It's unclear what started the fire.

No human injuries were reported. It's unclear if any animals were harmed.

TEMPLETON RYE

Templeton Rye will add clarity of Indiana origins

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Executives at Templeton Rye say they will change labels on bottles of their celebrated whiskey to be clear the alcohol is distilled in Indiana, not Iowa.

Company President Scott Bush and Chairman Vern Underwood told The Des Moines Register the company would change its labels after the newspaper published a story in which industry experts questioned whether Templeton Rye met federal disclosure requirements.

Bush and Underwood also told the newspaper Templeton Rye was distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, using a stock recipe and not one derived from the whiskey's prohibition era past.

Since it began selling Templeton Rye in late 2005, the whiskey has been a big seller in Iowa and has emphasized its colorful history in the state.

The company is working to build an Iowa distillery.

LIBRARY DIRECTOR-AUDIT

Former Iowa library director charged with theft

MALVERN, Iowa (AP) - A 41-year-old woman has been accused of stealing while working as a city library director in southwest Iowa.

Mills County online court records say Stacey Buick is charged with theft and ongoing criminal conduct. There is no public phone listing for her. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.

A state audit released Aug. 8 says Buick repeatedly billed the city of Malvern for almost $33,000 in improper purchases and altered receipts to cover up the practice. Auditors say Buick bought personal items such as video games, groceries and party decorations. A $1,200 home theater system, a camera, a coffee machine, a window air conditioner and TracPhones also were flagged by auditors.

Buick resigned last year.

$2 MILLION WINNER

Osage man claims $2 million Iowa Powerball prize

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 58-year-old Osage man has claimed his $2 million Iowa Powerball prize.

Iowa Lottery officials say Duane Hanson turned in winning his ticket on Thursday. His ticket for Wednesday night's $80 million drawing matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball number. He'd added a Power Play option, which multiplied his $1 million prize to $2 million before taxes.

He told lottery officials that he's played the same random set of numbers for years.

Hanson works as a conductor for the Cedar River Railroad in Waterloo. He bought his winning ticket at a convenience store in Osage. Hanson says the prize will help with his retirement investments when he quits working in 2015.

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