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Narrower Focus In 2015 Attempt To Legislate Dog Breeding Facility Inspections In Iowa

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A renewed attempt will be made again this legislative session to strengthen Iowa’s ability to inspect and regulate large dog breeding facilities in the state, but with a scaled-down focus. Continue Reading →

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30 Years In, Iowa Lottery Runs Contrary To States That Directly Fund Public Education

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Iowa has resisted a trend adopted by other states of funneling lottery proceeds straight into public education. Yet, a myth that the Iowa Lottery, which marks its 30th anniversary milestone this year, does is so prevalent that Mary Neubauer, Iowa Lottery’s vice president of external relations, said she continually has to clarify the misconception. Continue Reading →

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More Dog Breeding Inspections In U.S., But Only 120 Inspectors Available In The Country

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Federal inspectors say they have increased their dog breeding facility inspections after a critical 2010 review that said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service was not doing enough. But the inspection service had only 120 inspectors to check some 10,000 licensed dog breeding facilities in the United States. Continue Reading →

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Serious Animal Welfare Act Violations Do Not Mean Quick Removal Of Dogs From Breeding Facilities

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Dog breeders in Iowa who repeatedly do not comply with the Animal Welfare Act are allowed to continue raising and breeding dogs – sometimes in horrible conditions – while federal inspectors give the cited breeders time to correct violations. Continue Reading →

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How Things Got Out Of Hand At One Iowa Dog Breeder Inspection Visit

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Hamilton County Sheriff Dennis Hagerson has been aware of Julies Jules, a dog breeding facility that Julie and Carolyn Arends have owned for 30 years, since joining federal inspectors at their place while a deputy a few years back. “It was just a poor operation,” Hagerson said. “It was like a puppy mill.” Continue Reading →

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Iowa Counties Stick To Home To Win Fights Over Frac Sand Mining

An entrance on the west end of a Pattison Sand Company mine in rural Clayton County, Iowa, near the small town of Clayton, on June 24, 2014. Pattison, which produces industrial sand for the natural gas and oil industries, has about 35 acres of underground mine and 300 acres of above ground for plant operations, shipping and storage, ponding and drying, maintenance, a fabrication shop, reclamation areas and an open pit mine.

A group of northeast Iowans effectively is keeping large frac sand mine companies from mining silica-rich sand in their county by building a consortium that set aside politics and focused on dealing with the matter locally, instead of with state intervention. Continue Reading →

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Federal Action Against Payday Loans Is Picking Up

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has begun acting to rein in abuse, producing a report critical of the industry and requiring two payday businesses to provide refunds and pay million-dollar fines. The bureau also is drafting rules that could provide further protections for consumers. Continue Reading →

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