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

February 11, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN

CEDAR RAPIDS _ Vice President Joe Biden will headline his first public event in nearly three weeks this weekend. He’ll be in Munich, Germany, nearly 5,000 miles from voters in Iowa, site of the presidential campaign’s first contest. By Julie Pace and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-AMY KLOBUCHAR

MINNEAPOLIS — With snow falling steadily and the temperature well below freezing, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she’s joining the group of Democrats running for president and would take her campaign — and her Midwest sensibilities — directly to parts of the region Donald Trump won and that her party wants to recapture in 2020. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,330 words, photos, audio.

AROUND THE STATE:

IOWA STATE FAIR-CREDIT CARDS

Starting next year, those pork chops on a stick can be bought with a card. The Iowa State Fair has confirmed that it will require all food and drink vendors to accept credit and debit card payments beginning in 2020. SENT: 360 words, photos.

IOWA GOVERNOR-LAWSUIT

DES MOINSE _ The state’s bill for defending a lawsuit against a former official who claims he was discriminated against because he’s gay has surpassed $1.27 million. SENT: 210 words.

OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, N.D. _ A woman who has publicly admitted to vandalism along the route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in two states is asking a judge to dismiss her as a defendant in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by the pipeline developer. Ruby Montoya says the claims of Energy Transfer Partners are an “implausible conspiracy theory.” By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

WINTER WEATHER-IOWA _ Forecasters say a winter storm pushing into Iowa could leave behind 8 inches (20.3 centimeters) of snow on the eastern side of the state.

$2 MILLION PRIZE _ Someone bought a Powerball ticket in Burlington worth $2 million.

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