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Senator Grassley "Hopefull" About President's Trump's Trade Deal


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With news of a tentative trade deal between the U.S. and China, Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says he welcomes progress — but with a healthy amount of caution.

Grassley, a Republican, says the initial information that’s being released on the accord “gives me hope, at least some hope” he tells Radio Iowa, that the partial deal can be turned into a “full deal.” “I’m also under no illusions that this is going to be easy,” Grassley says. “After decades of broken promises from the Chinese, there should not be an agreement based on trust.”

Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced the formation of the Governor’s FOCUS Committee on Criminal Justice Reform.  The working group will build on the governor’s efforts over the last year to reduce criminal behavior and afford individuals a second chance.

The governor made the announcement at the 7th Annual Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities, sponsored by the NAACP. 

The Iowa Department of Transportation has renamed a stretch of Interstate-680 in western Iowa to clear up some confusion.


Interstate-880 is the new designation for the northern segment of 680. This is east of Loveland -- connecting I-29 with I-80 near Neola. The other section of I-680 from Crescent into Omaha will stay 680.

Transportation officials say there was some confusion when they had to close sections of I-680 and 29 several times this year and in 2011 because of flooding from the Missouri River.

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