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

May 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Drafters of the fetal heartbeat bill made it clear their goal was to get the Iowa law before the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes that it would be the legal challenge that overturned Roe v Wade, the case that declared laws against abortion violated a woman’s federal constitutional right to privacy in 1973. However, constitutional law experts say it highly unlikely the Iowa bill will get there. By David Pitt and Barbara Rodriguez. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


SECURITY LINKS-DUBUQUE — Officials are considering linking security camera networks owned by the city of Dubuque, Dubuque County and Dubuque Community Schools. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


CORNFIELD BODY — Authorities say the woman whose body was found next to a burning car north of Burlington was the wife of the driver.

SISTER ACCUSED-THEFT — A 79-year-old West Des Moines woman accused of stealing more than $346,000 from her sister has pleaded guilty.

SHED BODY-FORT DODGE — Neighbors investigating the source of a stench in Fort Dodge have found the badly decomposed body of a person.

DUBUQUE NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING — A man accused of shooting into a Dubuque nightclub has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

TEEN GIRL DIES — The adoptive parents of a 16-year-old Iowa girl who weighed only 56 pounds (25 kilograms) when she died have pleaded not guilty to new charges.

MONARCH BUTTERFLY-CONSERVATION PLAN — Public comment is being sought on a draft of a conservation plan expected to help reverse eastern monarch butterfly population declines. Eds: Note Iowa interest.


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