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

January 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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SIOUX CITY _ Some possible Democratic 2020 presidential candidates haven’t hesitated to tangle with President Donald Trump when he has attacked them, but others say they plan to ignore him. By Elana Schor and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.


LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES-NOTICE _ Iowa Republicans have removed rules that require some state legislative committees to give 24-hour notice about meetings, causing concerns over government transparency. SENT: 280 words.


EYE DISEASE RESEARCH GIFT _ The University of Iowa has been given $5 million for research into treatments of eye diseases that affect and blind people worldwide.

ANTI-RACISM RALLY-UNIVERSITY _ A former Drake University student has pleaded guilty to lying about a racist note she said was shoved under her dorm room door in Des Moines.

BOMB BUILDER-RESTAURANT _ Police say a man who built a bomb in a Des Moines restaurant told officers he did it to prove a point about safety.

STUDENT DISARMED _ A judge has reversed his decision barring news media from naming or photographing a 12-year-old boy accused of trying to shoot a teacher in an eastern Iowa school.

CODE VIOLATIONS _ A former building inspector says in his lawsuit that he was fired for reporting code violations that the mayor and other officials in Sergeant Bluff told him to ignore.

RELIGION ACCOMMODATION-LAWSUIT _ A former state of Iowa worker who’d used the words “In Christ” in his work emails has lost his lawsuit against the state.



IOWA CITY _ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz discusses the 2018 season. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference. By Eric Olson. SENT: 525 words, photos.


A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 475 words, photos.


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