Veteran newsman Steve Alexander fills in for Max Armstrong. (audio)

Max is at the farm bill summit at Washington, D.C. and he sends word that optimism coming from Sen. Debbie Stabenow that farm bill will be able to be passed.

Sen. Pat Roberts said there will be cooperation when working on farm bill. He also spoke about importance of trade.

Crop insurance is under attack again.

Sears Holdings has substantial doubt about ability to keep operating. Gordmans may not be dead, there are some bidders in bankruptcy court.

Aug. 21 is total eclipse of the sun. Nebraska and Missouri are midwest states with best viewing chances. Perhaps best place to see is Carbondale, Ill.

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