MIDDAY-MidwestDigest-08-16-17

Max Armstrong talks about NAFTA talks, which began today. (audio)

Reports on housing construction can be volatile from month-to-month. Residential building permits down 4%. For first 7 months of year, housing starts were up 2.5% from year ago.

Talks toward renegotiating NAFTA started today. U.S. Grains Council issued a statement that the council has worked diligently for decades in both Mexico and Canada. They go on to say that both farmers and negotiators must understand how important these free markets are to trade on North American continent.

It's Northwest Airlines 255 crash anniversary. It went down 30 years ago today. It's deadliest crash in Michigan aviation history. 148 of 149 passengers. 4-year-old little girl was sole survivor of that crash.

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