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

November 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

GRASSLEY-FINANCE COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON — Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa is giving up the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee after shepherding 84 of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees through the confirmation process over the past two years, including Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 300 words.

STATE POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT:

IOWA JUSTICE RESIGNING

DES MOINES — Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht, who has been receiving treatment for skin cancer, has announced he will resign from the high court. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

OIL PIPELINE-RULING

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators are seeking up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 450 words. Eds: Note Iowa interest.

LAKE PROJECT-PESTICIDE — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is using a pesticide that has been linked to Parkinson’s disease to eliminate undesirable fish from a Des Moines lake as part of a decade-long effort to improve the habitat and water quality. SENT: 260 words.

IN BRIEF:

WIND TURBINE RULING — Developers of three northeast Iowa wind turbine towers have lost another round in their battle to keep them up or rebuild them.

IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT — Iowa’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 2.4 percent in October, the lowest in the state in more than 18 years.

MEDICATIONS STOLEN — A woman is accused of stealing narcotic pain pills while working for a Council Bluffs assisted living facility.

DEATH INVESTIGATION-IOWA — A man accused of stabbing to death his roommate in southeast Iowa has been ruled incompetent for trial.

JOHNSON COUNTY FATALITIES — Authorities say two people were killed and one injured in an eastern Iowa collision.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-IOWA ST-TEXAS PREVIEW

AUSTIN, Texas — Ask Texas about Iowa State’s young quarterback Brock Purdy and the answers, from head coach to players, comes quick. He’s undefeated. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 790 words.

BKC--T-25-2K EMPIRE CLASSIC

No. 13 Oregon, No. 15 Syracuse, UConn and Iowa meet in the second day of the 2K Empire Classic, with the winners of the first round playing for the tournament title and the losers playing a consolation game.

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