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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

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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

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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

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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.

Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to Discuss New State Laws

By Dana Boone | 07.14.08 | 3:06 pm

New laws governing smoking and jackpots at Iowa casinos will be discussed at this week’s Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission meeting.Iowans who win large casino jackpots, but owe the government money, could soon see those winnings disappear, under a new state law that went into effect on July 1. The law allows the gambling establishments to take money from gamblers who win jackpots of $10,000 or more if they owe money for income taxes, child support or for city or court fines, among other fees.

Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Administrator Jack Ketterer said he’ll update commissioners on the database that will be used to track jackpot winners’ government debts.

“The state hasn’t made their database available yet,” he said.

The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. July 17 at Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston.

Iowa’s new Smokefree Air Act will also be discussed with commissioners. The law prohibits smoking in public places, workplaces and some outdoor areas. Ketterer said casino patrons are still allowed to smoke on gaming floors, but other areas of the casinos, such as restaurants and bars now prohibit smoking.

Christine Reilly, executive director of the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, also will give a presentation.

Discussions on new gaming licenses are still on hold until sometime this fall, Ketterer said.

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