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Tuesday Morning Read: ISU settles lawsuit, Van Meter expanding in Cedar Rapids, Mike Hlas visits the Kentucky Derby

Two students sit on the grass in front of Curtiss Hall on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Two students sit on the grass in front of Curtiss Hall on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Lawsuit settled - 

Iowa State University has agreed to pay $47,500 to a former student and her attorneys to settle a lawsuit accusing the institution of, among other things, “deliberate indifference to the history and frequency of sexual assaults in the Greek community.”

Taylor Niesen, who enrolled at Iowa State in 2014 and dropped out after the 2015 fall semester, sued the school last summer after reporting being sexually assaulted at a Greek house by a fraternity member in January 2015. Continue reading here.

 

Van Meter expanding - 

Van Meter Inc., a Cedar Rapids-based distributor of electrical and energy products, wants to expand its warehouse and distribution center in the city.

The company, based at 850 32nd Ave. SW, has proposed spending $4.2 million to construct a 42,000-square-foot addition to its existing distribution center.

“We’ve experienced significant and consistent growth in recent years and are confident that our investment in an expansion will position us for continued success in the Midwest and nationally,” Chief Financial Officer Melanie Fisher Doyle said in a news release. Continue reading here.

 

North Liberty man sentenced to 35 years - 

A North Liberty man faces up to 35 years in prison for plotting to kill his former business associate and his family in a failed scheme in 2016.

Justin L. DeWitt, 38, pleaded guilty Monday in Johnson County District Court to two counts of attempted murder and two counts of solicitation to commit murder. 

6th Judicial District Judge Lars Anderson ran the two attempted murder charges concurrently and the two solicitation charges concurrently and then consecutively to the murder charges for a total of 35 years in prison, in accordance with the plea agreement. Continue reading here.

 

Mike Hlas goes to the Derby - 

The sun shines bright on the old Kentucky home?

I’ll have to take the Commonwealth’s word on that. It rained Saturday at the first Kentucky Derby I’ve attended. It rained all day. It rained three inches. It was the rainiest Derby Day of the 144 they’ve had.

It also didn’t matter. Not to me, anyway, because our group had the good fortune of having outdoor seats underneath a Churchill Downs roof. Continue reading here.

 

 

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