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

November 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

IOWA LABOR AGENCY-TURMOIL

IOWA CITY — An investigation that found a hostile environment at Iowa’s labor department prompted the state to remove two administrators, including the longtime chief regulator for workplace deaths and injuries, records show. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 680 words, photo.

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

MEDICAID AUDIT-IOWA

DES MOINES — A state audit says the legislature, governor and Iowa Department of Human Services have failed to follow a state law that requires full quarterly financial reports on the state’s privatized Medicaid program. By David Pitt. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

MIDWEST SNOWSTORM

CHICAGO — A wintry storm brought blizzard-like conditions to parts of the Midwest early Monday, grounding hundreds of flights and causing slick roads for commuters as they returned to work after the Thanksgiving weekend. By Noreen Nasir. SENT: 580 words, photos, video. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

With:

— MIDWEST SNOWSTORM-NEBRASKA-IOWA

— MIDWEST SNOWSTORM-THE LATEST

DYING TOWN — A tiny city in northern Iowa is edging toward unincorporating as its population dwindles, but first it must figure out how to spend its healthy reserve fund. SENT: 290 words.

IN BRIEF:

PIERCE COUNTY FATALITY — Authorities say a man died in a head-on collision southeast of Plainview in northeast Nebraska. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

DOG IN TRASH BIN — A Des Moines man accused of throwing into a dumpster a kennel with an emaciated dog trapped inside has pleaded not guilty.

TEEN DRIVER-POLICE CHASE — Authorities say a 13-year-old driver led officers on a chase that hit speeds of 100 mph in eastern Iowa.

FIREFIGHTER INJURED — Two firefighters have been injured battling a house blaze in Des Moines.

SPORTS:

FBC--DRAKE’s CHANCE

DES MOINES — Drake thought its season was over. But Iowa State needed one more opponent, offering the Bulldogs the opportunity of a lifetime. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

FBC--T25-BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas last played in the Big 12 championship game in 2009 when the Longhorns looked destined to be there many, many times. The Longhorns have been through three head coaches and a whole lot of losing since then. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK — Notre Dame and UConn remain the top two teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll, setting up a 1-vs.-2 matchup on Sunday. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 490 words, photos. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

BKC--NEBRASKA-OMAHA-IOWA ST

AMES, Iowa — Nebraska-Omaha plays Iowa State at James H. Hilton Coliseum. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

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