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      Trial set for Keokuk arsonist

      KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) - A man accused of starting a series of a fires in Keokuk will go on trial on May 19.

      Travis Thrush, of Keokuk, is charged with one count of first-degree arson and six counts of second-degree arson in the fires that date back to last year. He entered a written plea of not guilty last Friday in Lee County District Court. The first-degree arson charge stems from a fire in January that destroyed a pile of hay bales outside a business. About a dozen people were inside but no one was hurt.

      The other charges stem from fires from May 2008 through January, and included two churches.

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