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US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Supported by Iowa Lawmaker, Capt. Al Hayes Dies

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Congress could ratify a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico this fall. Two prominent Iowa politicians from opposite parties hope it does.

The new deal would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, updating some provisions and changing others. Only Mexico has ratified it. Iowa Republican US Senator Chuck Grassley appeared at a dairy in Des Moines with Democrat Tom Vilsack, who served as agriculture secretary under President Obama. 

And there’s an opportunity to stress bipartisanship, and with somebody of Gov. Vilsack’s background particularly as secretary of agriculture for 8 years in the previous administration, it brings credibility. 

Vilsack, who also was Iowa governor, said beyond practical matters a ratified deal might bring hope to farm country, which has been battered by ongoing trade disputes. I’m Amy Mayer, Iowa Public Radio News.

The pilot of United Flight 232 is being remembered as a humble man who gave credit to others for helping bring the crippled airliner to the Sioux Gateway Airport.

Al Haynes died in Seattle yesterday at the age of 87 just shy of his 88 birthday.

Many in the airline industry called it a “miracle” that anyone survived.

“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.”

That’s the Director of Emergency Services in Woodbury County Gary Brown who assisted with the aftermath in July of 1989.

Brown became good friends with Haynes and says he didn’t like being called a hero but did consider Sioux City his second home.

He was very much part of the community.  We have a ball field named after him, a street named after him.  Every time he had a chance to come back and visit the community he did.  And, he never visited without thanking the community for the response that day.

184 people of the 296 people on board Flight 232 survived the crash landing.

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