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Rockwell Collins Inc. delivered 10 prototype systems for the U.S. Army Ground Soldier System Increment 1 program, the company announced Monday. The program will significantly enhance soldier effectiveness on the battlefield by providing technologies that improve situational awareness and network capabilities for the solider while minimizing size, weight and power. The system improves upon combat-proven displays and navigation systems and incorporates superior video processing, mass storage, computing and informational assurance capabilities. See the full release.

Rockwell Collins Inc. will report results for its fourth fiscal quarter at 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. An investor conference call and simultaneous webcast to review the results will follow at 8 a.m., conducted by Rockwell Collins Chairman, President and CEO Clay Jones and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Patrick Allen.

The Iowa Business Council launched its PE4life Adopt-A-School Challenge today. PE4life is a nonprofit advocacy organization committed to inspiring and promoting healthy lifestyles in children across the country through regular access to quality physical education programs in schools. The goal is to leverage resources so that PE4life programs are initiated in 50 Iowa elementary or secondary schools over a five-year time frame.

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) is launching a new safety initiative for its downtown Des Moines operations, aimed at improving turning procedures. A program called 5-S.T.E.P.S. (Safe Turns Ensure Pedestrian Safety) was used to train bus operators, and will be tested for two to four weeks beginning Oct. 12. The program calls for maintaining a maximum 5 miles per hour speed throughout any turn and coming to a complete stop in the middle of the turning movement before the bus crosses the second crosswalk. DART will also eliminate two of the nearly 24 safety detours it implemented on routes two months ago when it eliminated all downtown left-hand turns. After the test, DART will get feedback and determine if other safety detours can be discontinued.

Bank of America Corp. is preparing to settle on an “emergency” CEO this week, just in case current CEO Ken Lewis must step down ahead of his year-end retirement due to legal issues, the San Francisco Business Times reported Monday. Read the full article.

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce will host Business After Hours, a networking event sponsored by Staybridge Suites, from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at Staybridge Suites, 6905 Lake Drive. The event was listed with the incorrect date in yesterday’s Business Leads newsletter.

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