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Saturday Afternoon News, April 7th


Grain Marketing Specialist Says Trade Wars Have Long Term Effects

(Le Mars) — The actions from trade tariffs, resulting in a trade war, oftentimes have long lasting effects. That’s according to Chad Hart, Iowa StateUniversity Extension Grain Marketing Specialist. Hart says farm groups havereason to worry about the trade battle between President Trump and China.

The initial reaction to the grain and livestock markets upon the news of the announced tariffs, was a sharp decline. However, Hart says some of those markets have shown signs of recovery. The agriculture economist says there is a possibility the U-S and China may begin negotiations to minimize the impact of
the trade war.

Hart says U-S soybeans to China are an important commodity to the Chinese. Hesays he is hopeful some of the trade issues may get resolved before the proposedtariff on soybeans and soybean products go into effect.

Hart says several Iowa farm and commodity organizations have had trade missions to China in order to build a relationship. He says it may be difficult for those farm organizations to maintain the trusting relationship needed with the Chinese.
He says it often takes years to build up a trade relationship, but it can be swept away rather quickly.



Judge Says No To New Trial For Convicted Murderer

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A judge won’t grant a new murder trial for a Dubuque man convicted of killing his girlfriend.
Judge Monica Zrinyi Wittig rejected Fontae Buelow’s arguments about juror problems and assertions that 21-year-old Samantha Link stabbed herself to death in March 2017. The judge reconfirmed a sentencing date of April 25 in the ruling
she filed Wednesday in Dubuque County District Court.
Buelow’s attorneys have said a juror who didn’t believe Buelow was guilty was bullied by two other jurors. His attorneys also said the juror was then improperly removed by the judge and replaced with an alternate.
But the two jurors reported to the judge that the removed juror had refused to participate in deliberations and that he had entered the jury room declaring his mind was made up.



Iowa State To Hold “Cyclone Carnival”

(Ames) — Student organizations on the Iowa State University campus have joined forces to create what they’re calling the Cyclone Carnival. The inaugural event will be held on Saturday, April 14. George Micalone (MIK-uh-lohn), director of student
activities at ISU, says the Cyclone Carnival was NOT created as a replacement for VIESHEA (pronounced VEE-shuh).
“Not at all,” Micalone said. “It is an expansion of the Cyclone Market program that Student Government created a few years ago.” VEISHEA was an annual springtime tradition on the Ames campus for 92 years, but it was retired in 2014 after the event was marred by violence. The Cyclone Carnival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a lot north of Jack Trice Stadium on the day of the Iowa State spring football game. The event will feature “family-friendly” activities and an atmosphere that, according to Micalone, should attract students, faculty,
and alumni.
“Carnival rides, food vendors and food trucks, performances by student organizations, and then other activities to target families – airbrush tattoos, balloon animals, an insect zoo, things like that,” Micalone said. Money raised from the Cyclone Carnival will benefit the ISU student organizations.