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AP-IA--Iowa News Digest 5 pm, IA

July 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

CHINA TARIFFS-FARMING

DES MOINES, Iowa — Even before the specter of a trade war with China and other countries threatened to cost them billions of dollars, American farmers were feeling the squeeze from fluctuating crop prices and other factors that have halved their overall income in recent years. The threat of counter-tariffs on U.S. farm goods and the impact of President Donald Trump’s other policies on immigration and biofuels, though, have some farmers more worried than ever about their ability to continue eking out an existence in agriculture. By David Pitt. AP Photos AP Photos ILCN103, ILCN104, ILCN105, ILCN109.NENH201, NENH204, NENH202, NENH206, NENH203, NENH205. SENT: 800 words

DEPOT DOOMED

MASON CITY, Iowa — A Minnesota company is studying the feasibility of moving a historic northern Iowa train depot that otherwise faces demolition. Thein Moving Co. has begun a feasibility study on relocating the Mason City Depot, the Globe Gazette reported . SENT: 250 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-CRAFT VODKA

EARLING, Iowa — Before surfacing the idea of building a distillery to his family, fourth-generation Earling farmer Pat Hoffmann kept it only as an idea for a year. His father, wife and five children farm 600 acres of land in Earling, but only 10 to 15 acres per year are used to grow the corn that makes Lonely Oak Distillery’s North Forty vodka. Currently, Lonely Oak sells to stores in Iowa, Nebraska and Connecticut. By Susan Payne, Daily Nonpareil. SENT IN ADVANCE: 807 words.

EXCHANGE-WORK SKILLS

WATERLOO, Iowa — Rodney Lewis not only unleashed his culinary skills on the Cedar Valley last year when he opened Rodney’s Kitchen in downtown Waterloo, he opened his doors and his heart to underprivileged children. For a second summer, Rodney’s Kitchen is giving away free sack lunches to children who don’t always have access to midday meals. This year, he’s launched a work skills program for teenagers looking to earn money over the summer. Lewis teaches the kids outdoor skills that can help them earn some cash. By Kristin Guess, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 473 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BABY DIES-FATHER ARRESTED — A teenage father is facing charges after his 8-month-old girl died after being hospitalized with serious injuries.

— MISSOURI RIVER RELEASES — The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will likely remain above normal throughout the summer and fall to reduce the amount of water held in reservoirs along the river.

SPORTS:

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

SILVIS, Ill. — Michael Kim shot a final-round 66 on Sunday to win the John Deere Classic by a record-setting eight strokes and pick up his first victory on the PGA Tour. Kim, who turned 25 on Saturday, finished at 27-under 257 — breaking Steve Stricker’s tournament record from 2010 by one shot. He also qualified for next week’s British Open at Carnoustie. By Sports Writer Luke Meredith.

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BIG 12 MEDIA DAYS

FRISCO, Texas — Oklahoma won another Big 12 title and made it to the College Football Playoff again in its first season without coach Bob Stoops on the sideline. The Sooners, who have won the past three Big 12 titles with quarterback Baker Mayfield, will now be trying to do it again without the Heisman Trophy winner under center. By Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins.

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