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Consolidation In The Livestock Industry May Get A Boost Since Proposed USDA Rule Won’t Take Effect

Between the time a cut of steak or pound of hamburger goes from cattle farm to grocery shelf, it more than likely passes through one of three companies: Tyson Foods, Cargill or JBS. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the top four beef processors hold 85 percent of the market share , controlling the beef market to the point that some farmers believe the companies’ clout unfairly influences livestock prices. Last month, the USDA withdrew a rule proposed in the final weeks of the Obama administration that would have made it easier for cattle producers to raise objections if they thought meatpackers weren’t giving them a fair price.

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As an icon, the Georgia Dome stood commandingly on the Atlanta skyline. Host to the 1996 Summer Olympics, two Super Bowls and countless Atlanta Falcons home games, the imposing stadium was a fixture for roughly two and a half decades, since its completion in 1992 at a cost of $214 million.

Now, it's little more than a massive heap of concrete, steel and fiberglass.

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Jana Novotná, the Czech tennis star who took home 17 Grand Slams across the span of her career, died Sunday at the age of 49. The Women's Tennis Association announced the news "with deep sadness" on Monday, saying Novotná died surrounded by family in the Czech Republic after waging "a long battle with cancer."

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Now that Iowa farmers have most of their corn and soybeans out of the field and into the bins, the numbers suggest another great year for production… and another down year for prices.

Since 2014, the farm economy has been in a downturn, says Iowa State University extension economist Chad Hart. But he says most farms are muddling through.

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Labor advocates are criticizing problems with the recertification voting that involved thousands of Iowa’s public sector workers this fall.  They want the Public Employment Relations Board to improve the  system before more voting takes place next year.  

Iowa’s new collective bargaining law requires public sector workers to periodically re-endorse their unions, which used to be automatic.  

This year, 87 percent of teachers, roadworkers, court employees, and others voted to retain their union representation.  

If you're gluten-free, you may turn up your nose at Aunt Betsey's macaroni and cheese. And what if you've got a vegan teenager in the family who'd like the Thanksgiving feast to be turkey-free?

A poll from the University of Michigan finds that for families with a picky eater or someone on a special diet, holiday meals can be tricky.

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St. Vincent (born Annie Clark in Tulsa, Oklahoma) attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for three years, and then became a member of The Polyphonic Spree. She also toured with Sufjan Stevens before releasing her debut album in 2007. After a couple more full-lengths of her own, she collaborated with David Byrne for an album in 2012. Byrne and St. Vincent also toured together. You may have caught their impressive set (the choreography!) at 80/35 in the summer of 2013. St. Vincent has...

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Brucemorchestra X Thanksgiving Day Special

Four world-class vocalists, four choirs, and Orchestra Iowa performing Beethoven’s glorious 9 th Symphony. Don’t miss a note as IPR brings you Brucemorchestra X on Thanksgiving Day! The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre collaborated with Orchestra Iowa to present soprano Rebecca Nash, mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, tenor Ta’u Pupu’a and bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi performing famous operatic arias by Bizet, Verdi, Rossini, and more. The 10th anniversary bash concludes with members of the Cedar...

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