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

December 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-IOWA DEMOCRATS

DES MOINES _ In 2008, Barack Obama won the hearts of Iowa Democrats. Today, his supporters are looking more pragmatically for someone who can simply seize the presidency from Donald Trump in 2020. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 775 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FARMER PAYMENTS

WASHINGTON _ The government shutdown could complicate things for farmers lining up for federal payments to ease the burden of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

SCHOOL DISTRICT SPENDING

MASON CITY _ Another state audit of the Mason City school district has uncovered more than $2.1 million in improper disbursements consisting largely of salary overpayments during eight years, according to a report issued Friday. SENT: 290 words.

NORTHWEST IOWA WATER _ Work will begin next year to connect northwest Iowa communities to a regional water system that city officials hope will help keep water rates and accessibility stable. SENT: 290 words.

IN BRIEF:

WELLS FARGO-SETTLEMENT-IOWA _ A settlement between Wells Fargo and attorneys general from all 50 states will mean more than $6 million for Iowa.

FINANCE DIRECTOR FIRED-IOWA-AUDIT _ An audit of a state agency launched after numerous mismanagement allegations has found more than $500,000 of improper or unsupported spending.

COMMUNITY CENTER AUDIT _ A special state audit has uncovered nearly $41,000 in improper and unsupported spending at the city of Buffalo Community Center in eastern Iowa’s Scott County.

911 OUTAGE _ Clinton County officials are reporting a 911 outage affecting cellphone callers.

COLD CASE-ARREST _ The attorney for a man charged in the 1979 slaying of an Iowa high school student says his client will plead not guilty. Eds: Note photo.

SPORTS:

FBC--ALAMO BOWL

SAN ANTONIO _ Iowa State could put an exclamation point on one of the program’s best seasons in decades with a win over Washington State in the Alamo Bowl. By Jim Vertuno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

With:

_ ALAMO BOWL BET

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