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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

September 24, 2018

AP-Iowa stories for Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. 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, Sept. 29, and thereafter.


DUBUQUE, Iowa — Every evening before sunset, a Dubuque veteran holds a ceremonial bugle, pushes a play button and raises the instrument to his lips. Although the wistful notes of taps come from a recording, the dedication with which the veteran carries out this rite — and the emotion it evokes in bystanders — is tangible. By Bennet Goldstein, The Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 542 words.


WATERLOO, Iowa — A museum in Iowa has a new exhibit that explores the local area’s racing history. Curator Erin Dawson says most visitors to the Grout Museum’s new exhibit, “Sulkies to Speedways: The Need for Speed in the Cedar Valley,” express their amazement at how popular racing has been in the Cedar Valley. Dawson says the exhibit will be open through Nov. 16, 2019. By Melody Parker, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 548 words.

For use Sunday, Sept. 30, and thereafter.


DAVENPORT, Iowa —An Iowa television station is using drones to capture video. Moline-based WQAD-TV was ahead of the TV field two years ago when its first few photographers started studying for a test they never dreamed they’d be taking. They would have to prove to the Federal Aviation Administration that they knew how to safely fly the station’s expensive new drone. By Barb Ickes, Quad-City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1947 words.


FORT DODGE, Iowa — At the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, an unusual group is catering to the spiritual needs of those who have no religion at all. Ben O’Donnell is not only the founder of the correctional facility’s humanists group, he also has the distinction of being the first prisoner to become a celebrant — a position similar to a minister — with the secular American Humanist Association. By Joe Sutter, The Messenger. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2097 words.

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