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AP-IA--Iowa News Digest 2:30 pm, IA

August 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is revamping its nursing program after a wave of resignations from staffers alleging the college overworked faculty, didn’t invest in new equipment and ignored teachers trying to make improvements. The nursing program is the college’s largest career program with more than 300 students, offered at all three campuses in Clinton, Muscatine and Scott, the Quad-City Times reported . SENT: 350 words



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Angela Waseskuk is the artist-in-residence at Hartman Reserve Nature Center, and her project has been learning about plants and other materials for making natural dyes. Waseskuk is an instructor in the University of Northern Iowa art department. She has been surprised, pleased and admittedly a little stumped by some of the colors she’s extracted. By Melody Parker, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 651 words.


LE MARS, Iowa — When dignitaries gathered in a Wisconsin shipyard last month to celebrate a naval tradition on board the USS Sioux City, it raised Lee Mentink’s interest. The retired Lutheran pastor and Navy veteran has closely followed news reports about the ship bearing Sioux City’s name, but hearing about the mast stepping ceremony led his thoughts to the corroded penny he’s kept for nearly 65 years. Mentink looks forward to the day the USS Sioux City is commissioned into the Navy fleet. By Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 809 words.


— APARTMENT FIRE-ARSON — Fire investigators say a fire that threatened residents of a Cedar Rapids apartment was intentionally set.



AMES, Iowa — Iowa State defensive coordinator Jon Heacock has seen pretty much everything in 35 years of coaching. In that time, Heacock has come to view head coaches as artists charged with painting a winning picture that everyone in a program can see. By Sports Writer Luke Meredith.

AP Photos IACN101, IACN104, IACN114. SENT: 925 words


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