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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT:

MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT

ST. LOUIS — The tourist boat that sank last month in Missouri, killing 17 people, was on the lake at a time when the wind speed and wave heights far exceeded allowable limits, according to the boat's certificate of inspection made public by the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday. The victims were from Indiana, Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri. By Jim Salter. UPCOMING: 500 words.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

ARKANSAS SCHOOLS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An advisory committee is recommending that Arkansas direct more money for school construction to districts that have seen sharp declines in student enrollment. 250 words.

OF NOTE:

MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. — Economic growth is still slowing in nine Midwestern and Plains states amid trade and tariff disputes, according to a monthly survey report released Wednesday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index declined to 57.0 in July, from 61.8 in June and 67.3 in May, the report states. It's still the 20th straight month that the index remained above 50. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. SENT: 290 words.

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— MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

IN BRIEF:

— TWO DEAD-ARKANSAS — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for an Arkansas man charged with killing his grandparents.

— ISRAEL-PEOPLE-HUCKABEE — Former presidential candidate and ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has symbolically taken part in the building of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. With photos.

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