Tuesday Morning Read: Rockwell Collins acquired, bike trails 'good public policy,' smoke from wildfires clouds Iowa skies

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TODAY’S WEATHER — Partly cloudy, breezy and cooler. High 69, low 44.

ROCKWELL COLLINS ACQUIRED — A Connecticut company will acquire the largest employer in Cedar Rapids in what several sources call the biggest aerospace deal in history. It was not immediately clear Monday night how the acquisition would affect Rockwell employees or Cedar Rapids’ status as the company’s headquarters. Rockwell has about 8,000 employees in the city. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2wBpWaZ

BIKE TRAILS ‘GOOD PUBLIC POLICY’ — Recreational trails in Linn County need to be expanded so cyclists can better get around and to improve safety, cycling advocates said during the annual Linn County Mayors’ Bike Ride to promote recreational trials on Monday. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2vFDk0y

SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES CLOUDS IOWA SKIES — Hazy gray skies hung over Eastern Iowa on Monday afternoon and evening, but it wasn’t a storm front moving through. Rather, it was smoke blown in from western wildfires more than 1,000 miles away. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2wCm9dC

KERNELS PREPARE FOR PLAYOFFS — The Cedar Rapids Kernels concluded the Midwest League regular season Monday with a 3-0 loss at Beloit. The playoffs begin Wednesday at home against Kane County. By virtually every measure, it has been another successful season. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2iZs49t

QUOTABLE“For state employees, things have definitely changed for the worse,” said. “For construction unions, we are on the same course we’ve always been, but we are all union, so when someone attacks our brothers and sisters, then they are attacking all of us.” Dustin Chase, 36, of Iowa City and a member of the electricians Local 405, at the annual Hawkeye Labor Council Labor Day picnic Monday

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