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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Gazette Company announces 100 layoffs

By Lynda Waddington | 02.25.09 | 10:00 am

The Gazette Company in Cedar Rapids, owners of The Gazette newspaper and KCRG-TV, has begun a reorganization effort that is expected to leave 100 employees without work.

In a blog post Tuesday evening, editor Steve Buttry indicated that he had fired 13 individuals.

“The decisions we carried out Tuesday in the newsroom I lead and throughout Gazette Communications were inevitable and unavoidable,” Buttry wrote. “mployees own stock in this company and they knew the financial figures that forced this week’s decisions. They had, in fact, been expecting the cuts for weeks. Some departments were already cutting staff in smaller numbers as they reorganized, a few here, a few there. We have been, and after these cuts continue to be, larger than most comparable newspaper companies. Everyone knew that our current revenues couldn’t continue to support that workforce.

“But knowing the cuts were coming and knowing they were necessary didn’t soften the blow.”

Buttry will take the lead on content creation for all Gazette Communications products — real and virtual. Lyle Muller, who has been in charge of the Iowa City newsroom, has been named the new editor of the paper and, as has become the tradition, has begun his own blog.

The Gazette family of companies has been in a process of reorganization for two years, according to Chuck Peters, president and chief executive.

“As we finalized that process, we never expected to also be confronted with the worst natural disaster in Iowa’s history and the weakest national economy in decades,” he said in a prepared statement.

The press release issued by the company indicated that Peters would be placing additional information on his blog, but that had not happened prior to publication of this news report.

The company employed roughly 600 people at the time of the June 2008 floods. There is no information yet available as to which employees were given pink slips today, or when other layoffs are expected to occur.

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