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Borlaug statue to be unveiled


DES MOINES (KWWL) -  Iowa Congressman Tom Latham is applauding a unanimous vote in the Iowa Senate in support of installing a statue of agromomist Norman Borlaug in the United States Capitol.  Borlaug, who won the Nobel peace prize in 1970, was a native of Cresco, Iowa. His groundbreaking research created new varieties of wheat to feed starving populations around the world, and his work is credited with saving more than a billion lives.  Borlaug died last September.  Latham said in Washington that he was pleased to see the Iowa Senate honor an extraordinary Iowan.  Federal law allows each state to display statues of two notable citizens in the Capitol. Iowa's current statues depict Samuel Kirkwood and James Harlan. The measure approved by the Iowa Senate would replace Harlan's statue with one of Borlaug.

Online Anchor/ReporterBob Waters

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