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BC-IA--Iowa News Digest 5:15 pm, IA

January 13, 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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DES MOINES, Iowa _ Errors in Iowa’s list of felons cost at least 20 people the right to vote in November’s midterm elections, and officials have known about problems in the list since 2012. The Des Moines Register reports the list of roughly 69,000 people who aren’t allowed to vote includes several inaccuracies. UPCOMING: 250 words


WASHINGTON _ The House Republican leader said Sunday he will meet with Rep. Steve King this week to discuss King’s future and role in the party and promised action following the Iowa congressman’s recent comments in defense of white supremacy. “That language has no place in America. That is not the America I know and it’s most definitely not the party of Lincoln,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “Action will be taken. I’m having a serious conversation with congressman Steve King.” By Hope Yen. AP Photo IACN201. SENT: 325 words


DES MOINES, Iowa _ Iowa Republicans have succeeded in enacting a wish list of conservative goals since winning a legislative majority in 2016, and as lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a new session Monday, the question is whether they will take a similar approach or back measures with a broader appeal. In the last two sessions, Republicans used their sizable majorities in both chambers to approve bills prohibiting abortions when a fetal heartbeat could be detected, cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, eliminating most collective bargaining rights for public workers, cutting taxes and banning local governments from raising the hourly minimum wage higher than the state-backed level. By David Pitt.

AP Photos. SENT: 900 words



MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa _ Marsha Patterson and Cheri Sorensen are among a handful of independent canine handlers who rigorously train and swiftly deploy their man-trailing and cadaver dogs across Iowa as volunteers, assisting law enforcement in searches for the missing and the dead. Their goal, as one handler put it: “Find the lost and bring them home.” By Luke Nozicka, The Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1748 words.


SIOUX CITY, Iowa _ James Rainey keeps state-of-the-art recording equipment in the basement of his northside Sioux City home. That’s where Rainey, a Woodhouse Auto Dealership car salesman, is able to stream gospel music, 24 hours a day, from an online radio station. Rainey has been the president, CEO, music director and sole on-air talent for GITA Radio since 2011. By Earl Horlyk, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 553 words.


_ MISSOURI RIVER RELEASES _ The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will remain elevated at the start of the year, but should return to normal levels throughout 2019.


_ DRAKE-NORTHERN IOWA _ Wyatt Lohaus scored 14 points, Trae Berhow had nine points and nine rebounds and Northern Iowa defeated Drake 57-54 on Sunday despite not scoring a basket for the final six minutes.


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