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Lawsuit over plant’s emissions advances

Lawsuit over plant’s emissions advances

MUSCATINE (AP) — A judge has certified a class of thousands of Muscatine residents in a lawsuit alleging pollution from a manufacturing plant was a nuisance that damaged their properties.

District Judge Thomas Reidel ruled Wednesday the class will consist of residents who lived within 1.5 miles of the Grain Processing Plant between 2007 and 2012, including 2,000 households and 4,000 or more individuals.

Prison guards plead guilty in drug probe

ANAMOSA (AP) — Two former tower guards at the Anamosa prison have pleaded guilty to state drug charges as part of an investigation into misconduct by correctional officers.

Marques Maryland pleaded guilty last week to possession of a controlled substance, and Seth Vogel entered a written guilty plea to that charge Wednesday.

Maryland was sentenced to two days in jail and a $315 fine, and Vogel is expected to receive the same punishment under terms of a plea agreement.

Two other former guards at the Anamosa State Penitentiary have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the case. At least nine employees have resigned or been fired.

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