Des Moines Register: A five-week strike of Deere & Co. ended Wednesday as United Auto Workers members approved a new six-year contract with the agricultural and construction equipment maker. About 61% of voters approved the agreement, which boosts hourly wages by 10% and increases retirement benefits. The company also will maintain its health insurance program, in which workers do not pay premiums. The 10,100 Deere workers in Iowa, Illinois and Kansas had rejected two previous contracts, setting off the first strike against the company since 1986.