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MICROSOFT-WEST DES MOINES

Officials announces plan for Microsoft data center

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State and local officials announced that Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, increasing the company's investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion and becoming the largest investment in the state to date.

Governor Terry Branstad joined with local officials Friday to announce Microsoft's investment in so-called "Project Alluvion," which is expected to total more than $1.1 billion. A data center completed in 2010 resulted in about a $900 million investment from the company.

Branstad says Iowa's central location makes it an attractive location for Microsoft and other companies that have recently opened data centers.

Google opened a data center in Council Bluffs in 2009, and Facebook is building a data center in Altoona that should open early next year.

TAMA MEAT PLANT

State OKs tax credits for Tama meatpacking plant

TAMA, Iowa (AP) - State officials have approved tax credits for developers to reopen a long-closed meatpacking plant in Tama that would eventually employ about 600 workers.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved $4 million in tax credits to Iowa Premium Beef on Friday. To receive the incentives, the company must create the jobs and offer a wage of $15.42 an hour to 120 employees.

The Des Moines Register reports the facility, which was shuttered in 2000, will help process Black Angus beef for food service, retail and international customers. Production is expected to begin in the fall.

The company behind the proposed $48 million project is made up of a group of investors.

STANDOFF-IOWA FALLS

Authorities: Man in Iowa standoff had many weapons

IOWA FALLS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man killed in a standoff in Iowa Falls was armed with several weapons.

The state Department of Public Safety says 25-year-old Leighton Fitz walked outside of a private house Thursday with weapons and a bullet-proof vest. He is accused of disobeying orders and reaching for a weapon. Authorities say that's when several officers shot at Fitz.

Three officers with the Department of Public Safety and two from the Iowa Falls Police Department were involved in the shooting. They are on administrative leave pending the investigation.

Authorities say they later found multiple loaded weapons and a gas mask inside the home. There also were threats toward officers posted on Fitz's Facebook page.

The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy.

ESCAPED INMATE

Iowa officials: Escaped prisoner found under porch

PROLE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an escaped prisoner captured in central Iowa was found under a house porch.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Kenny Bevard was found Friday hiding under a residence in Prole, a small community just south of Des Moines.

Authorities say Bevard suffered minor injuries from resisting a K-9 used to bring him out. He was treated and taken to the Polk County Jail. Authorities say several charges are pending.

Another individual, 41-year-old Casey Joe Risius, was arrested and faces charges for allegedly aiding and abetting Bevard.

Authorities say Bevard was being driven Thursday to Adel in adjacent Dallas County for a court hearing. He escaped handcuffed from a Dallas County sheriff's vehicle.

STORE MANAGER-THEFT

Police: Iowa store manager stole more than $80,000

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - The former manager of a beauty supply store in eastern Iowa has been accused of stealing more than $80,000 from her employer.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 30-year-old Brittany Willman of Tiffin has been charged with first-degree theft. Court records do not list an attorney.

Coralville police say Willman stole money from State Beauty Supply between June 2011 and November 2013. She is accused of mishandling daily register sales while she was a manager for the store.

Investigators say Willman took more than $80,000.

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