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Hero of Flight 232 Dies in Seattle, Al Haynes Remembered

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A pending trade deal with Canada and Mexico is generating some bipartisan support in a political climate that is often seen as deeply divided. 

Former Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack toured the Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines with Sen. Chuck Grassley today. The two say they share a commitment to improving and modernizing trade with Mexico and Canada. 

0826vilsack At the end of the day it is the hope of the dairy industry and dairy farmers across the US that we get this ratified before the end of the year. We don’t want this bleeding into 2020 and all the political ramifications of that year. (:12)

Vilsack is now the president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

The House will take up the deal first. Grassley said as long as it passes there, he’s confident it will get through the Senate.

Another Iowa Democrat has entered the primary race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst.

Michael Franken is a retired from the U.S. Navy as a three-star admiral.  He was born and raised in rural northwest Iowa and moved back to Sioux City shortly after his retirement.

Des Moines commercial real estate business president Theresa Greenfield, Des Moines businessman Eddie Mauro, and Indianola lawyer Kimberly Clark are already in the Democratic race.

The pilot of United Flight 232 has died.   Al Haynes helped save 184 passengers and crew members in July of 1989.  The aircraft suffered a major malfunction in the air and was forced to crash land at the Sioux Gateway Airport.

Gary Brown, Director of Emergency Services in Woodbury County and friend of Haynes, 

says Haynes was one of the most humble people he ever met and wasn’t comfortable with the title of hero after the crash.

When he talked about the crash and the response and how they got the aircraft to Sioux City he gave credit to his entire cockpit crew.”

Brown says Haynes considered Sioux City his second home.

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