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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.

King: A fence could have prevented border shooting

By Jason Hancock | 06.14.10 | 9:00 am

A 15-year-old Mexican high school student on the Mexican side of the border was shot and killed last week by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, a tragedy that could have been avoided if the Obama administration had “had lived up to its responsibility under the Secure Fence Act to build fences on our border,” U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said.

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron

The incident is currently being investigated by the FBI. Mexican prosecutors, meanwhile, are investigating the case as a homicide, raising the possibility that the agent could also face charges in Mexico, although it is unlikely the U.S. would agree to extradite him. The agent involved says he was surrounded and attacked by a group of rock-throwing illegal immigrants, prompting him to use lethal force. But video of the shooting has surfaced that calls the agent’s story into question. Mexico’s foreign affairs ministry said it was a “disproportionate use of force” and urged the U.S. government to conduct a quick and transparent investigation.

“When faced with a life-threatening situation, this agent appears to have responded to lethal force with lethal force as authorized,” King said in a statement, later adding: “A border wall would dramatically reduce illegal immigration, and it would give Border Patrol agents protection from violent assaults that they now face. If we are serious about ending violence along the border, we must make the construction and completion of border fences our priority.”

King said the teen who was killed, Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, had been charged with alien smuggling in 2009 and also appeared on a “most wanted” list of juvenile smugglers compiled by authorities in El Paso, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mark Qualia told CNN that the victim had been apprehended by U.S. officials on more than one occasion but was never criminally charged.

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