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Subcommittee OKs Harlan statue's move to Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state Senate panel has approved a bill enabling the move of a statue of former Sen. James Harlan from the U.S. Capitol to Mount Pleasant.

The state government subcommittee approved the resolution Wednesday, and it now moves to the full committee.

Plans call for the statue to move from its longtime home at the Capitol to Iowa Wesleyan College, where Harlan was president from 1853 to 1855, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

The Harlan statue will be replaced by a statue of Norman Borlaug, who received the Nobel Prize in 1970 for boosting agricultural production and founded the World Food Prize. He died in 2009.

World Food Prize Foundation President Kenneth Quinn says the entire effort to exchange statues will cost about $220,000, raised privately.

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