MIDDAY-MidwestDigest-02-16-17

Newsman Steve Alexander fills in for Max Armstrong. (audio)

Are you texting, tweeting or talking on the phone. Distracted driving is being blamed for a 6% increase in traffic fatalities to 40,200 deaths last year, making it the deadliest year since 2007. Iowa had the greatest increase in fatalities. North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota traffic fatalities were down.

This is a day without immigrants. Dozens of immigrant-owned businesses are closed today. There was also a march in Des Moines.

Nebraska has a new postage stamp commemorating its 150th anniversary of statehood.

Rumor the general shepherd was named Best of Show at Westminster Dog Show. 

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