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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.

Agriprocessors HR employees plead not guilty

By Lynda Waddington | 09.25.08 | 9:25 am

Two women, previous employees in the Agriprocessors human resources department, pleaded not guilty in federal court today to charges related to illegal immigration.

Laura Althouse, 38 of Postville, told the court she was not guilty of aiding and abetting document fraud and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.

Katrina Freund, 29 of Fayette, pleaded not guilty to harboring and aiding and abetting the harboring of undocumented aliens.

According to court documents, the women were working in the human resources department on May 11 — the day before a massive federal immigration raid at the kosher meatpacking plant. The court alleges that on that day the two women aided individuals they knew to be undocumented workers with obtaining new documents so they could continue employment at Agriprocessors.

After entering their pleas with the court, both women remain released on bond pending an Oct. 2 status hearing and a Nov. 17 trial date.

If found guilty Althouse will face a minimum 2 year sentence and a maximum 12 year prison sentence, a $500,000 fine, $200 in special assessments and 4 years of supervised release.

Freund, if found guilty, faces a maximum 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments and three years of supervised release.

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Comments

  • HernandezUSA

    We can only defeat the need for slave labor by making examples of the predatory businesses that hire illegal aliens.

    Criminal activity should NEVER be rewarded with amnesty, but with deportation, fines and jail time.

    FYI: Where is the owner of the company and why is'nt he being brought up on charges?

  • HernandezUSA

    We can only defeat the need for slave labor by making examples of the predatory businesses that hire illegal aliens.

    Criminal activity should NEVER be rewarded with amnesty, but with deportation, fines and jail time.

    FYI: Where is the owner of the company and why is'nt he being brought up on charges?

  • HernandezUSA

    We can only defeat the need for slave labor by making examples of the predatory businesses that hire illegal aliens.

    Criminal activity should NEVER be rewarded with amnesty, but with deportation, fines and jail time.

    FYI: Where is the owner of the company and why is'nt he being brought up on charges?

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