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

May 17, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING-IOWA

DES MOINES _ The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a 2017 law that removed bargaining rights for many state employees. By David Pitt. SENT: 675 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

ABORTION-MISSOURI

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature on Friday approved a sweeping bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, joining Alabama and other states that have moved to severely restrict the procedure. Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill. By Summer Ballentine. SENT: 625 words.

NEEDLE EXCHANGE-DUBUQUE _ The top prosecutor in eastern Iowa’s Dubuque County says he has no immediate plans to file charges against a group that’s been violating state law by distributing sterile needles to intravenous drug users. SENT: 310 words.

BRIEFS:

IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT _ Iowa’s unemployment rate remained at 2.4% in April for the 10th month in a row.

DES MOINES SLAYING _ A Des Moines man accused of killing his cousin has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial. Photos.

PREHISTORIC FOSSIL FIND _ A teen searching for arrowheads in southern Iowa found something much bigger: the prehistoric jawbone of a mastodon.

ADMINISTRATOR INJURED-STUDENT FIGHT _ Authorities say a West Des Moines associate high school principal was injured while intervening in a student fight.

$2 MILLION WINNER _ An Iowa man who won a $2 million Powerball prize says the money will cushion his retirement, update his house and provide a boat for his father.

BATHTUB DEATH-MOTHER CHARGED _ A central Iowa woman whose 11-month-old son drowned in a bathtub has been sent to prison.

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