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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's top elections official says there were "attempted outside intrusions" on the state's elections system last year, but no breaches. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says the federal government contacted his office Friday to confirm the attempt. Pate says nothing was compromised or hacked. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year. The Associated Press reports in most cases, the systems were not breached.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A meat processor plans to create more than 200 jobs as part of a $28 million expansion of its plant in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. announced Friday it would create 245 new jobs at its pork processing plant, which now employees nearly 2,900 people. Tyson made the announcement after the state approved $2 million in investment tax credits and $396,000 in sales and use tax refunds for the project. The company also is seeking property tax abatements.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) - Police in central Iowa are investigating after saying they believe a mobile home fire was intentionally set. Nevada Police Chief Ricardo Martinez II says the fire was reported Thursday morning. Firefighters arrived to find black smoke and flames coming from the mobile home. The fire was quickly extinguished, and pet in the trailer were rescued. No people were home at the time of the fire.

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) - Officials in the southeastern corner of Iowa say an arrest has been made in the shooting death of a man whose body was discovered in a park in February. The Lee County Sheriff's said Friday in a news release that 35-year-old Joseph Mayorga Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 47-year-old James Merlin Nelson. Nelson's body was found Feb. 11 in Indian Path Park in north Lee County.

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