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

December 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

IOWA HOUSE-BALLOT DISPUTE

DES MOINES _ An Iowa judge dismissed on Friday a lawsuit filed by the Democratic challenger to a northeast Iowa House seat who lost the election by nine votes, saying the challenge should be taken up by the House under Iowa law. By David Pitt. SENT: 590 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

YOUTH ASSESSMENT CENTER _ Davenport’s mayor says the Quad-Cities area needs a juvenile assessment center that offers offenders and their families easy access to the resources they need. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT _ New reports say Iowa and Hawaii tied for the nation’s lowest preliminary unemployment rate in November: 2.4 percent.

TEEN GIRL DIES _ A man charged with murder and other crimes in the starvation death of his 16-year-old adopted daughter has reached a plea deal with Iowa prosecutors.

CARIBOU COFFEE HACKED _ The parent company of Caribou Coffee and Bruegger’s Bagels says hackers gained access to customer information at 265 of its stores, mostly in Minnesota. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

PARKING GARAGE FIRE _ A man has been imprisoned for setting fire to a vehicle in the parking garage of Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.

CITY SHAKE-UP _ The mayor of a western Iowa city has placed three of the city’s highest-ranking employees on paid administrative leave.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

BKC--EASTERN ILLINOIS-IOWA ST _ Eastern Illinois plays Iowa State at James H. Hilton Coliseum.

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