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BC-IA--Iowa News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IA

December 14, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.


UI FRATERNITIES BANNED _ The University of Iowa has banned four fraternity chapters after a two-month investigation spurred by a number of alcohol-related incidents. UPCOMING: 275 words.

TRANSMISSION LINE _ A controversial high-voltage power line across western Wisconsin has been put into service after almost three years of construction. Supporters say the 180-mile, $580 million Badger Coulee line will enable clean and cheap wind energy from Minnesota and Iowa to reach big cities where there’s demand. Opponents consider it an unnecessary expense that guarantees profits for the owners while discouraging conservation and local renewable energy investments. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


ZEBRA SHOT _ Iowa authorities are investigating another shooting death of a captive zebra, the fourth such incident reported by the animal’s owner.

DES MOINES SALES TAX _ Des Moines voters will have to decide again in March whether to raise the local sales tax by a penny.

SMELLY HOGS _ Eight northwest Iowa families are fighting a company they blame for not doing enough to address the smell of dead, rotting hogs from a nearby rendering plant.

ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE _ Authorities have charged a Council Bluffs woman with attempted murder after she was accused of shooting another woman in the head.


AUGUSTANA-DIV 1 _ Augustana University in South Dakota will pursue a move to NCAA Division I athletics.


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