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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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:

WHITAKER-BUILDING PROJECT

DES MOINES — A Des Moines official says a failed apartment-rehabilitation project by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was a missed opportunity to preserve affordable housing in a gentrifying neighborhood. By Ryan J. Foley and David Pitt. SENT: 650 words.

TRUMP-WHITAKER

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general as Democrats press the case that President Donald Trump violated the law and Constitution by making Whitaker the country’s chief law enforcement officer. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 700 words, photos. Eds: Note Iowa interest.

WHITAKER-DEFENDANT OBJECTION

LAS VEGAS — Lawyers for a Las Vegas man facing federal trial in Iowa want in his criminal drug conspiracy case stopped because they say President Donald Trump’s appointment of an acting U.S. attorney general is illegal. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 350 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

CONGRESS-LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS

WASHINGTON — California’s Kevin McCarthy pushed past conservative Jim Jordan to win an internal party election to lead house GOP. Senate Republicans also welcomed their first woman to leadership, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

SCI-WEATHER-HURRICANES

WASHINGTON — Humans helped make recent devastating U.S. hurricanes wetter but in different ways, two new studies find. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 660 words. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

TOBACCO BAN-DAVENPORT PARKS — A Davenport board wants tobacco products banned from the city’s parks and golf courses, citing public health concerns. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

JASPER COUNTY SLAYING — A man has been convicted of killing an acquaintance in central Iowa’s Jasper County.

WATERLOO GUNSHOTS-HOMICIDE — An Iowa woman sought in the slaying of her cousin has been taken into custody in Virginia.

INSURANCE COMPANY LAYOFFS — Nationwide insurance intends to eliminate the jobs of about 80 workers at its Des Moines office as it cuts 1,100 positions across the country.

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