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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa budget officials say the state budget will end its fiscal year for 2018 with a general fund surplus of about $127 million. That's nearly $96 million more than state officials had estimated in March. The state's 2018 budget year ended June 30.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines mechanical, electrical and sheet-metal contractor has announced plans to build a $21 million corporate office and production facility in Des Moines, adding 115 new jobs in three years. The Des Moines Register reports that Waldinger Corp. will buy 28 acres on the city's south side for the planned 54,000-square-foot office building and a 95,000-square-foot production plant and warehouse.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A December trial has been set for a rural Burlington man who deputies found in a harvested cornfield, not far from body of his wife and their burning vehicle. Court records say Bradley Wischmeier Sr. has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide while under the influence and to driving under the influence, second offense. Deputies sent April 17 to the field not far from the home he shared with his wife, Lisa Wischmeier, found him lying around 20 yards from the blazing vehicle.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A quirk in the mail delivery system that forced some rural Missouri residents living along the Iowa and Arkansas borders to have mailing addresses in their neighboring states has been fixed. The idiosyncrasy affected a relatively small number of people but created problems when they voted, paid taxes _ even when they died. In a letter to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, Postmaster General Megan Brennan wrote that the issue has been resolved.

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