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Federal Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input on Habitat Plan

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking the public’s suggestions for writing an environmental impact statement for an eight-state Midwestern plan designed to help conserve the habitats of several species of animals, including three types of bats that are impacted by wind energy facilities. Continue Reading →

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Wage Theft Reform In Iowa Stalls This Year

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Wage theft in Iowa amounts to stealing a year of earnings from an estimated 39,392 minimum wage workers, totaling about $594 million, according to statistics gleaned from an Iowa Policy Project report. That's one of the reasons the Iowa Legislature considered a bill this year to help stop businesses from cheating workers. Continue Reading →

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Wage Theft Victims Face Daunting Task When Filing Iowa Claim

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With dishes in hand, Katie Wilson, 27, headed into the Applebee’s kitchen in Coralville as her shift drew to a close. The Ames native said she leaned over the sink and began her nightly routine of washing the plates when she heard something that her managers said she wasn’t supposed to hear. Continue Reading →

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Best And Worst College Major Lists Challenge New Grads In Job Hunts

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Here's a challenge: go ask a bunch of 5-year-old kids what they want to be when they grow up. Spoiler alert: most kids probably aren't going to say biomedical engineer, computer scientist, or electrical engineer.

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Behind That Heavily Criticized Theater Major: Experiences, Skills For Multiple Jobs

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Some combination of fine arts, drama, theater, and visual and performing arts appears on almost every “worthless college major” list on the Internet. But theater students view their major as anything but worthless. Continue Reading →

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Agribusiness Companies Capitalize On Tax Breaks, Grants, Subsidies and Loans

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Each year, state agencies and the federal government together send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to some of the largest corporations in America, several of which are major agribusinesses. The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting explains. Continue Reading →

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Newspapers Piling Up Since 2009 While State Historical Society Decides How To Preserve Them

Bundles of daily papers have overflowed onto the floor in the library of the State Historical Building in Des Moines on February 17, 2015. At last count, the State Historical Society of Iowa collected 299 weeklies and 35 daily papers. Following budget cuts in 2009, the historical society no longer has funds to microfilm the papers.

Bundled stacks of newspaper fill shelves and overflow onto the floor in the archives of the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines. How they will be archived is anybody's guess. And the piles grow. Continue Reading →

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