President Donald Trump is tentatively scheduled to appear in Council Bluffs on Oct. 9, according to a report in Politico Pro.

The outlet, citing two unnamed ethanol and oil industry sources, says the president will be in town to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to expand sales of ethanol by allowing year-round sales of 15 percent ethanol-gasoline blends.

The expansion of ethanol use has been a major priority for Nebraska and Iowa leaders because the two states lead the nation in ethanol production. Trump has spoken favorably about the issue, but the acting EPA chief has not acted.

Iowa also is home to several tight elections, including incumbent Republican Rep. David Young, who represents Council Bluffs, versus Democratic challenger Cindy Axne.

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds also is facing a serious challenge from Democrat Fred Hubbell. Vice President Mike Pence held a rally with Reynolds in Council Bluffs earlier this year.

World-Herald staff writers Aaron Sanderford and Joseph Morton contributed to this report.

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