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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.

Press Release

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 Agriprocessors HR employees indicted

By Lynda Waddington | 09.17.08 | 7:10 pm

Two human resource managers at Agriprocessors, the kosher meatpacking plant in Postville that was the site of a massive May 12 immigration raid, were indicted today by a grand jury.

Karina Freund, 29, of Fayette, and Laura Althouse, 38, of Postville, are now scheduled for arraignment Sept. 24.

Althouse, now formally charged with aiding and abetting document fraud and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft, worked in the human resources department and had duties related to payroll at Agriprocessors, according to court documents. The original complaint stated that on May 11, the day before Immigration and Customs Enforcment raided the plant, Althouse was in the plant and helping employess complete new job-related documents and applications with newly acquired false identities.

If convicted on all charges, Althouse faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years and a possible maximum sentence of 12 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, a special assessment of $200 and four years of supervised release.

Freund is now formally charged with harboring and aiding and abetting the harboring of undocumented aliens. The original complaint filed with the court alleged that she worked in the human resource department and that several undocumented alien employees at Agriprocessors have implicated her in helpng them obtain falsified documents.

If convicted, Freund faces a possible maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a special assessment of $100 and three years of supervised release.

Three other members of management at Agriprocessors have had complaints filed against them in federal court. Two of those cases resulted in plea bargains. The third complaint remains sealed while officials search for former plant supervisor Hosam Amara.

The company, Althouse, Freud and three other company officials — Aaron Rubashkin, Sholom Rubashkin and Elizabeth Billmeyer — face state charges on possible violation of child labor laws.

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  • CactusWren

    For the sake of Iowans and the whole US, I hope they both get the maxium!

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