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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

December 6, 2018

AP-Iowa stories for Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 515-243-3281.

For use Saturday, Dec. 8, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-MOUNT PLEASANT RELIEF

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa _ The announcement made last month of Iowa Wesleyan University’s possible closure spurred many into a frenzy of uncertainty, but now that the decision has been made to continue its operations, the town’s residents are resting easier. The private, four-year university supplies the Mount Pleasant area with about 150 jobs, and its about 700 students keep many local businesses, like the Coffee Depot, bustling. By Michaele Niehaus, The Hawk Eye. SENT IN ADVANCE: 896 words.

EXCHANGE-BETTENDORF HOUSING

BETTENDORF, Iowa _ A $22 million, 132-unit apartment complex is expected to open in Bettendorf by late December. City officials believe the biggest catalyst to revitalizing Bettendorf’s downtown is the development of The Bridges loft apartments. Economic Development Director Jeff Reiter said demand for more housing in Bettendorf, especially in the downtown, was the main driving force behind the project. By Sarah Ritter, Quad-City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 588 words.

For use Sunday, Dec. 9, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-PREGNANT TEENS

DES MOINES, Iowa _ Victoria Dicks was an 18-year-old recent high school graduate when she discovered she was pregnant. It wasn’t something she’d planned, but she knew she wanted to keep her baby. On the advice of her sister, she contacted the Young Women’s Resource Center, which connected her with a doula, someone trained to assist expecting mothers and provide support after the baby is born. The Des Moines-based nonprofit has offered doulas since 2004 to help young mothers such as Dicks navigate what can be an overwhelming situation. By Mackenzie Ryan, Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 597 words.

EXCHANGE-UNLUCKY BUILDING

CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa _ The famous “jog” through the heart of Correctionville suffered a bit of a stumble in recent days. Make that stumbles. Plural. On Nov. 23, and again on Nov. 28, vehicles slid or rolled straight south on Driftwood, failing to negotiate the “correction” on Fifth Street before the road heads south again. The town is named for a surveying “correction” that mappers used because the earth curves toward its top. The east-west correction line runs along Fifth Street, at Driftwood. By Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 476 words.

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