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Even in the Most Hispanic Cities in Kansas, Getting Elected as a Latina Is an Uphill Battle

Janeth Vasquez goes door to door during her campaign to become Liberal's first Latina city commissioner. (Photo by David Condos, Kansas News Service)

In a pair of predominantly Hispanic southwest Kansas communities, two women try to become the first Latinas voted into local office. Elections earlier this month show both how far Latina candidates have come and how many barriers they still face.
 

As Tax Dollars Dry Up, University Ag Schools Turn to Agribusiness Dollars and Industry Projects

Charles Hurburgh, an agricultural engineering professor at Iowa State University, stands at the site of the Kent Corporation Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex. The complex is expected to be completed in Fall 2022. It will make feed for livestock and train students who want to work in the feed and grain industry. (Photo by Katie Peikes, Harvest Public Media)

From Iowa to Oklahoma to Kansas, universities are working more closely with agribusiness in search of ways to pay for projects where tax dollars have become more scarce. Critics worry that agriculture schools might focus more on industry than the public interest.
 

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