Local • 3A, 6A

2017 strong for corn, beans

Production of the state’s two biggest field crops dipped in 2017, but the decrease wasn’t as large as some expected. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its final 2017 crop production report last week. Corn and soybeans maintained strong yields despite falling from record-setting levels in 2016.

Marine, Janesville native slain

A Janesville native serving with the U.S. Marines in California has died. His father posted on Facebook the death was the result of a stabbing, which the Marines have not confirmed. The deceased is 18-year-old Pfc. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, a spokesman for U.S. Marine Corps Training Command at Camp Pendleton confirmed in an email Wednesday.

Nation/World • 6B-7B

Neighbors recall odd family

A pattern of thinking emerged over years among neighbors of the David and Louise Turpin family that the Turpin clan was “kind of strange” but that there was nothing so sinister as to alert authorities. When police responded to a 911 call placed by the couple’s 17-year-old daughter, they discovered the grim truth.

Apple plans new campus

Apple is planning to build a new corporate campus and hire 20,000 U.S. workers in an expansion driven in part by a tax cut that will enable the iPhone maker to bring an estimated $245 billion back to its home country. The pledge announced Wednesday comes less than a month after Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code championed by President Donald Trump that will increase corporate profits.

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