MORNING-MidwestDigest-04-07-17

Max Armstrong talks about Sonny Perdue, distracted driving and birch tree poaches. (audio)

A fourth person has died now from that St. Louis boiler blast. Two of the people killed there were married, reporting for their first day of work.

Congress heads out of town now for their Easter break today. They do so without confirming Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture. Some 700 groups have sent letters of support for Perdue to get that job.

It's Distracted Driving Awareness Month. At New Prague, Minn., a 17-year-old was featured in a news conference in front of her grandfather's house. Two years ago her grandfather was getting his mail when he was hit by someone messing with their phone while driving.

Authorities are trying to nab birch tree poachers in Wisconsin. Most of the stolen trees are two to six inches in diameter. In one instance, 300 trees in a clump were cut.

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