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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

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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 Des Moines Register reports 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.

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say an escaped prisoner in suburban Des Moines has been captured. Lieutenant Brent Long with the Polk County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Kenny Bevard was placed into custody this afternoon. Authorities say Bevard has served prison time for burglary and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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.

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Georgia man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his former roommate in Iowa. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports 54-year-old John Green of Blairsville, Georgia made the written plea Thursday. Green is accused of killing 58-year-old Mark Koster, of Sac City. Koster's skeletal remains were found buried in the basement of his house in 2012.

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