We have two big stories breaking right now: Agriprocessors in Postville has been fined nearly $10 million by the state for wage violations. We have a reporter in Postville now and we’re working to find out as much as we can. We’ll post everything we learn here as quickly as possible.

We also have new information from the Kehoe family. Michelle Kehoe, who was found in Buchanan County Monday along with her two sons, has told police that a man with a knife attacked them. Her 2-year-old son was killed, and a coroner has ruled his death a homicide. This is another story we’ll update as we learn more.

So what do you want or need to know about these stories? What will make them more useful to you?

The concrete pig at the corner Old Marion Rd. and 35th Street NE shows support for the Iowa Hawkeyes' 2002 trip to the Rose Bowl. The pig is no longer at that intersection; it's owner recently moved it to his home in Robins.


The pig is, indeed, gone, and as a commenter mentions below, it’s because the house was sold. The owners live in Robins and rented the house on 35th Street NE out. But when they sold it, they brought the pig to Robins with them. More details in tomorrow’s Gazette.

A reader wrote to us to ask whether we knew anything about the concrete pig that until recently lived at the corner of Oakland Road and 35th Street NE in Cedar Rapids.

Apparently the pig, which is something of a local landmark and was regularly re-decorated throughout the year, is gone.

Is it foul play? Just gone to be cleaned? I’m working on a story for tomorrow’s paper, but if anyone knows something about it or has a theory, leave a comment, or e-mail me at jamie.kelly@gazcomm.com

Welcome to the first installment of blog posts highlighting the most commented stories from the Gazette’s Web site. After the “read more” link, you’ll find a flood story and plenty of politics.