Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions

Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:00pm EST
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Jan 22 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 2100 GMT on Thursday:

** Family Dollar Stores Inc shareholders are expected to vote in favor of a pending $8.5 billion merger with Dollar Tree Inc despite a higher offer from Dollar General still on the table, according to people familiar with the matter.

** Activist investor Carl Icahn nominated two directors to USA Today publisher Gannett Co Inc's board and pushed for changes in the company's corporate governance practices.

** Leading U.S. pipeline Kinder Morgan Inc said on Wednesday it would enter North Dakota's Bakken shale with a $3 billion acquisition of Hiland Partners, a pipeline and logistics company founded by Continental Resources Chief Executive Harold Hamm.