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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.

Heads roll at UI: Mason fires Jones, Mills over handling of sexual assault case

By T.M. Lindsey | 09.24.08 | 9:01 am

The handwriting on the wall did not look promising for Phillip Jones, UI vice president for student services, and Marcus Mills, UI vice president of legal affairs and general counsel, when it was announced earlier this week that they planned on skipping this week’s meeting with UI President Sally Mason and the Iowa Board of Regents.

Feeling the heat from the Regents who put a hold on her performance report, Mason announced the termination of employment of Jones and Mills. Recent findings from an independent report chronicling UI’s response to an alleged sexual assault on campus involving two Hawkeye football players focused the brunt of criticism on Jones and Mills.

The Regents hired a St. Louis law firm, the Stolar Partnership, to conduct an independent review of the UI’s response to the alleged sexual assault that took place on campus at the Hillcrest Residence Hall on Oct. 14, 2007. The review found “numerous and substantial flaws in not only the response of the University of Iowa to the alleged sexual assault at issue, but also in its policies, procedures and practices regarding the same.”

Mason had requested resignations from Jones and Mills earlier this week, but when her requests were declined, she terminated their employment.

Moreover, Mason announced two interim appointments. Carroll J. Reasoner, a shareholder and senior vice president with the Cedar Rapids law firm of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, will serve as interim vice president of legal affairs and general counsel. Tom Rocklin, UI vice provost, will serve as interim vice president for student services.

“Carroll Reasoner and Tom Rocklin are exemplary leaders, and I am certain that they will help restore confidence in the university,” Mason said in a statement. “I am grateful that they have agreed to serve the university at this critical time.”

Despite the recent firings, Mason is still scheduled to appear Thursday before the Board of Regents to provide specific responses to the recommendations in the Stolar report.


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