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BC-IA--Iowa News Digest 3:30 pm, IA

May 19, 2019

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.

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AROUND THE STATE:

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-FARMERS

MADRID, Iowa _ Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump’s trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used up any equity his operation had and started investing in hogs in hopes they’ll do better than crops. A year later, the dispute is still raging and soybeans hit a 10-year-low. But Bardole says he supports his president more today than he did when he cast a ballot for Trump in 2016, skeptical he would follow through on his promises. By Sara Burnett and Scott Mcfetridge.

AP Photos IADES201-0522181902, IADES202-0522181902.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-MASS TIMBER BUILDING

DES MOINES, Iowa _ A new building in Des Moines’ East Village is the first in the United States built using a unique type of mass timber — an eco-friendly material that is becoming more popular as developers look to reduce their carbon footprints. Scheduled for completion soon, the four-story building is also the first speculative office and retail building in downtown Des Moines in more than a decade. Roughly half of the 64,000-square-foot building has been leased. On the first floor, St. Kilda Surf and Turf and Liz Lidgett Gallery + Design are now open. DreiBerge Coffee and Clyde’s Fine Diner, an upscale diner by Chicago chef Chris Hoffmann, are expected to open this summer. By Kim Norvell, The Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 802 words.

EXCHANGE-MEAT CUTTER

BRITT, Iowa _ Larry Hagen is sure he’ll miss it. The store, the meat cutting and the people. Hagen, 72, meat manager at Britt Food Center, retired, May 10, after 50 years in the department. Hagen began meat cutting at the grocery store in Garner when he was 18 years old after his parents, Earl and Adene Hagen, moved from the farm to Garner in 1964, and he needed a job. There, Lou Fisher, taught him the basics of cutting meat. By Ashley Stewart, Globe Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 604 words.

BRIEFS:

PARKING LOT KILLINGS-IOWA _ CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ Police have released the identities of two people killed in a weekend shooting in Cedar Rapids.

NEW JAIL CONSTRUCTION _MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa _ One eastern Iowa sheriff is looking forward to moving into a new jail this fall because it is a significant upgrade over the current eight-bed facility.

DETERMINED GRADUATE _ DUBUQUE, Iowa _ Nearly 35 years after she started, one Iowa mom is receiving her college degree from Loras College this weekend.

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