MORNING-MidwestDigest-12-08-17

Max Armstrong talks about case of mother starving her children. (audio)

Sometimes the drum beat of the news keeps us stunned. A 43-year-old mother of five is on trial in Iowa for trying to starve her children. Nicole Finn was concerned about abandoned pets being left to starve. Once set a text saying her children are worthless.

Increasing demand in Mexico could be good news for U.S. farmers, but U.S. farmers may have to work harder to claim market share there. Mexican leaders emphasize they are moving forward to diversify their sources. Mexico is already the largest consumer of U.S. corn and a leader buyer of sorghum.

If those tank cars had been full they may have been carrying highly flammable ethanol. Train was in Indiana when in derailed.

How did the fires start in California? In Dillion, Colorado, man at shooting range set a 22-acre fire. A judge ordered him to write check to $53,000 to U.S. Forest Service underscoring cost of mistake, even an honest one.

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