Thursday morning read: Rockwell Collins acquisition approved, Linn County supervisors set term lengths, Johnson County ready to lease

Building 124 on the Rockwell Collins headquarters campus is seen in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Building 124 on the Rockwell Collins headquarters campus is seen in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Rockwell Collins shareholders vote to approve acquisition - The acquisition of Rockwell Collins took a significant, if not unsurprising, step forward Thursday.

Shareholders in the Cedar Rapids-based company approved United Technologies Corp.’s acquisition of Rockwell during a meeting at the Cedar Rapids Marriott on Collins Road.

Farmington, Conn.-based UTC announced in September it plans to buy Rockwell in a $23 billion deal that would have Rockwell combine with another UTC division. The acquisition is valued at $30 billion with the inclusion of Rockwell’s debt. Read more...

Syrian student at UI faces precarious future - Since stepping foot on frozen U.S. soil in 2012, Monzer Shakally has graduated high school, enrolled at the University of Iowa, joined a fraternity, landed a job and been accepted into the UI College of Dentistry.

But his plans to pursue a graduate degree come with an asterisk.

For most of his stay in this country, the Syrian native has been on “temporary protected status.” The U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants that status to people from countries that have been deemed unsafe for various reasons like war or natural disaster. Read more...

Johnson County ready to lease space for County Attorney's Office - Johnson County officials are moving ahead with a plan to lease part of the MidWestOne building at 500 S. Clinton St. for the Johnson County Attorney’s Office.

The Johnson County supervisors heard a presentation by the county attorney’s office about the seven-year, $1.126 million lease and build-out of the new space during a Wednesday morning work session and agreed to vote Thursday on setting a public hearing on the lease. Read more...

Linn County supervisors set term lengths - Term lengths have been set for the first election for a three-member Linn County Board of Supervisors.

During a blind drawing, 6th Judicial District Judge Lars Anderson randomly selected which two districts would have a four-year term limit and which remaining district would only receive a two-year term. Read more...

Iowa backup quarter back is 'wide open' for 2018 - Here’s another example of the graduate transfer being one of the best things the NCAA has thought of in recent years.

Quarterback Tyler Wiegers did everything Iowa asked him to do as a backup quarterback for four years. Wiegers never made it to a starting role. With Nate Stanley taking over this year, Wiegers’ prospects for playing time in 2018 were nonexistent. Read more...


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