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Tuesday Scoop: Searching for Mollie

Plus, California fires have created their own weather system

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Welcome to the Morning Scoop for July 31, 2018. This morning, we have an update on the search for a missing Iowa college student and the deadly wildfires in California. 

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Mollie Tibbetts Disappearance: Reward for Missing U. of Iowa Student Doubles

Mollie Tibbetts was last seen July 18. (Image: Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation)

A donation from a local power company has brought the reward for information in the search for a missing University of Iowa student to $2,000, as officials announced they believe Mollie Tibbetts returned to the home where she was staying after going for a run on the evening of July 18.

Tibbetts was staying at her boyfriend’s home in Brooklyn, Iowa, nearly two weeks ago, and when she didn’t report to work or reply to messages on July 19, her boyfriend alerted her family.

Officials announced they have obtained data from her FitBit and are working to obtain information from her social media accounts. There is a news conference scheduled for this afternoon, where investigators will share the latest in the search. Anyone with information is urged to call 641-623-5679.


California Fires Creating a ‘Weather Pocket’

The Carr Fire in Northern California has become so big and hot that it is creating its own localized weather system. Strong winds are making it difficult for experts to predict where the fire will spread next.

CNN reports, “At least seven people were still missing in Shasta County, California, as shifting winds, dry fuel and steep terrain helped the monstrous fire engulf almost 100,000 acres by Monday morning, authorities said. The fire has claimed six lives, including a firefighter and bulldozer operator working to extinguish the blaze.”

The fire, which has been burning for a week, has gone through 98,724 acres and is now only 20 percent contained.


Movie Review: ‘Eighth Grade,’ a Story About the Struggles of Fitting in

CMN’s Julie Rosner continues her summer movie quest by taking in a film about a thirteen-year-old girl named Kayla, finishing off her last week of middle school.

The movie shows the challenges that arise with feeling accepted in a social media-based world, where importance is placed on technology and having material items. Will Kayla make it out through her last week of middle school amid the peer pressure and drama of fellow classmates?

Read Julie’s full review and see her rating here. 


Today in a Tweet

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is today at 4pm ET, and Twitter is talking about one player who could be on a new team tomorrow…

Last But Not Least: Thieves Caught After They Used a Baby Stroller to Steal a Shark 

Talk about getting a little too excited for Shark Week.

Two men have confessed to snatching a shark from a petting tank at the San Antonio Aquarium and wheeling it out in a baby stroller over the weekend. Local police used video from the aquarium to track down the thieves and the gray horn shark, which is reported to be OK.

Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio told reporters that the home where the men had taken the shark had so many “marine animals inside that it almost seemed like a mock-up of the San Antonio Aquarium.”


Wednesday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Lindsay WigoNatalia KolenkoJulie Rosner, and the CMN Staff. Now that you’ve finished reading the Scoop, go make some avocado toast, cuz it’s !  

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