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

December 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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DES MOINES _ Students at an Iowa college have ended their effort to expand a union representing student workers because of fear a federal board would reject their request and set back unions at colleges across the country. By Scott McFetridge. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.


BISMARCK, N.D. _ The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world’s second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step and say they need more federal aid. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 690 words.


POWER LINE _ A controversial high-voltage power line across western Wisconsin has been put into service after almost three years of construction. Supporters say the 180-mile, $580 million Badger Coulee line will enable clean and cheap wind energy from Minnesota and Iowa to reach big cities. Opponents consider it an unnecessary expense that guarantees profits for the owners while discouraging conservation and local renewable energy investments. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

UI FRATERNITIES BANNED _ The University of Iowa has banned four fraternity chapters after a two-month investigation spurred by a number of alcohol-related incidents. SENT: 250 words.


ACCIDENTAL DEATH-CHARGE _ Authorities have charged a Johnston man in connection with the accidental gunshot death of another man.

OIL PIPELINE-LANDOWNERS _ North Dakota landowners who unsuccessfully sued the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over land easements have lost their appeal.

ZEBRA SHOT _ Iowa authorities are investigating another shooting death of a captive zebra, the fourth such incident reported by the animal’s owner.

DES MOINES SALES TAX _ Des Moines voters will have to decide again in March whether to raise the local sales tax by a penny.

SMELLY HOGS _ Eight northwest Iowa families are fighting a company they blame for not doing enough to address the smell of dead, rotting hogs from a nearby rendering plant.

ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE _ Authorities have charged a Council Bluffs woman with attempted murder after she was accused of shooting another woman in the head.



UNDATED _ Morningside quarterback Trent Solsma, who has guided his team to the national championship game, leads the Associated Press NAIA All-America team. SENT: 475 words, photo.


AUGUSTANA-DIVISION I _ Augustana University in South Dakota will pursue a move to NCAA Division I athletics.


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