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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.

Two more arrests at Agriprocessors

By Lynda Waddington | 09.09.08 | 1:28 pm

Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested two more employees at Agriprocessors this morning. Although names of the employees have not yet been released, it has been confirmed that they were employed in the human resources department.

The two are expected to have their initial federal court appearance this afternoon in Cedar Rapids.

Two middle-management supervisors — Martin De La Rosa-Loera and Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza — pleaded guilty in federal court last month to charges of encouraging illegal immigration. The documents filed by prosecutors in those cases indicated that during the raid agents seized several fraudulent permanent alien resident cards from the human resources offices at the plant.

Authorities continue to search for a third supervisor, Hosam Amara. The indictment listing specific charges against Amara remains sealed.

Agriprocessors, which was the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant prior to a massive May 12 immigration raid, is located in Postville, a small northeastern Iowa town. Today, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint and affadavit in Allamakee County that charged the company and five individuals with more than 9,000 child labor law violations.

Spokespersons with the company have not returned a request for comment.

Update: Click here for more information, including names of the Agriprocessors employees facing federal charges.

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