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Klosher slaughterhouse Agriprocessors auction set for today

DES MOINES, Iowa - The auction of an embattled kosher slaughterhouse in northeast Iowa is scheduled to move forward in Cedar Rapids.

Officials say the courtroom where the auction will take place Monday afternoon is closed to the media, but a live broadcast of the proceedings will be available in the building. On Tuesday, a judge will be on hand to discuss the bids.

Gary Lewi, a spokesman for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee handling the case, says there are multiple bidders.

Agriprocessors Inc. filed for bankruptcy after an immigration raid in May when 389 people, most from Mexico and Guatemala, were arrested.

Production was shut down for a time but some lines have restarted. Before the raid, Agriprocessors employed about 1,000 people.

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