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AP - Illinois Public Media News - August 25, 2012

Drought Means Water Woes for Indiana Livestock Farms

By The Associated Press

Indiana's worst drought in decades is drying up ponds, creeks and springs, leaving some livestock farmers scrambling to find other sources of water for their animals.

Although Indiana's drought conditions have lessened in the past week, one-third of the state remains in at least an extreme drought.

That includes much of southern Indiana, where Monroe County cattle farmer Keith Weathers says a spring he usually taps for water for his 70 thirsty cows has run dry. Weathers now has to pay in nearby Ellettsville to fill up a 400-gallon tank twice a day with water for his livestock.

Ellettsville Water Superintendent Michael Farmer tells The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/Pcw5lh ) the drought has sent more customers like Weathers to the town's coin-activated Automatic Water Salesman as ponds and creeks dry up.

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AP - Illinois Public Media News - August 23, 2012

Illinois Workers to Go to GOP Convention over Jobs

By The Associated Press

Workers at a northern Illinois factory whose jobs are being moved to China plan to travel to next week's Republican National Convention in Florida to try once again to get presidential candidate Mitt Romney to save their jobs.

The Rockford Register Star reports that organizers of the 170 workers at the Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport say in a statement they'll travel to the convention in Tampa, Fla.

Sensata is owned by Bain Capital and plans to close the Freeport factory at the end of the year. Romney once led Bain Capital but was no longer running the firm when it bought Sensata.

Sensata employees in Freeport have tried since earlier this year to get Romney to try to change the company's plans or visit the town.

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