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BC-IA--Iowa News Digest 1:30 pm, IA

December 7, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Iowa. Questions about coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Des Moines Bureau at 515-243-3281 or apdesmoines@ap.org. Iowa News Editor Scott McFetridge can also be reached at 515-243-3281 or smcfetridge@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

ABORTION-IOWA

DES MOINES _ A state court judge says he will take up to 60 days to consider arguments in a legal challenge to Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law, an abortion bill considered one of the strictest in the country. By David Pitt. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

IOWA APPOINTEE-ETHICS LAW

IOWA CITY _ A political appointee who works for three Iowa agencies is blasting an ethics law that requires him and others with multiple state jobs to disclose them on a specific form. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 610 words.

PUBLIC PENSIONS-IOWA _ A report shows Iowa’s largest public employee pension fund has stabilized thanks to solid investment returns but still has $6.8 billion in unfunded liabilities. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

PUBLIC SAFETY LEADER-DEPARTURE _ Iowa’s top public safety official says she’s informed Gov. Kim Reynolds that she will be leaving her job next month.

FATAL FARM FALL _ Authorities have ruled the death of a northeast Iowa woman was a homicide.

FATAL LEAP-DRIVER CONVICTED _ A man has been convicted of leaving the scene after his girlfriend leaped to her death from his car in southeast Iowa.

STORE THEFT-MANAGER _ A man is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 22 for stealing nearly $5,400 from a store he managed in northern Iowa’s Charles City.

SPORTS:

FBC--AP ALL-BIG 12

FORT WORTH, Texas — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the unanimous pick for The Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year, the fourth consecutive season a player from the conference champion Sooners has won the honor. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

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