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Man sues former hostages, says they broke promise

TOPEKA — Can there be no trust between a kidnapper and his hostages?

A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while fleeing from authorities is suing them, claiming they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money in exchange for hiding him from police. The couple has asked a judge to dismiss the suit.

Jesse Dimmick of suburban Denver is serving an 11-year sentence after bursting into Jared and Lindsay Rowley’s Topeka-area home in September 2009. He was wanted for questioning in the beating death of a Colorado man and a chase had begun in Geary County.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Dimmick filed a breach of contract suit in Shawnee County District Court, in response to a suit the Rowleys filed in September seeking $75,000 from him for intruding in their home and causing emotional stress.

Dimmick contends he told the couple he was being chased by someone, most likely the police, who wanted to kill him.

ARKANSAS

Labor Dept. alleges discrimination by Cargill

LITTLE ROCK — One of the nation’s largest meat packers systematically discriminated against more than 4,000 qualified applicants who sought entry-level jobs at a turkey processing plant in Arkansas, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday.

Women were less likely to be hired for those jobs and Asian and Pacific Islanders were unfairly favored over applicants of other races at Cargill Meat Solutions’ plant in Springdale, Ark., federal officials said.

Cargill Meat Solutions is a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Cargill Inc. The company blamed the problem on “documentation,” saying there wasn’t a satisfactory record of why it didn’t hire certain candidates.

The Springdale plant drew national attention earlier this year when it had to recall 36 million pounds of ground turkey after a salmonella outbreak that sickened 107 people in 31 states. One person died from the illness. The labor complaint is not related to that recall.

Federal officials want to cancel Cargill’s existing government contracts and prevent future contracts until the company stops what they call discriminatory practices.

SOUTH CAROLINA

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