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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.

Report: Des Moines fares well in recession compared to other cities

By Adam B Sullivan | 06.21.10 | 12:58 pm

Des Moines’ economy was among among the best-performing cities in the country during the first quarter of 2010, according to a report last week from the Brookings Institute.

The study compared the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. according to employment, unemployment, output, home price and foreclosure rates. According to the researchers, Des Moines falls into the top group, along with cities like Madison, Wisc., Dallas, Texas, and Rochester, N.Y.

No other Iowa cities areas were included in the study, but the Omaha, Neb. metro area — also in the group of top economic performing cities — encompasses some Iowa communities.

Earlier this year, Forbes Magazine called Des Moines the country’s best place for business and careers.

Howard Wial, a fellow at the Brookings Institute, said government centers — state capitals like Des Moines, for instance — have durable economies and are generally recovering quickly.

The report indicates economic indicators country’s major cities are improving, but many ratings haven’t returned to where they were before the recession.

According to the report:

The U.S. economy’s performance is driven largely by that of its major metropolitan economies. All of those economies saw some economic growth in the first quarter of 2010, and some returned to their pre-recession levels of output, but none recovered its pre-recession employment level.

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