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AP-IA--Iowa News Digest 2 pm, IA

August 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

AROUND THE STATE:

MISSING STUDENT-IOWA

BROOKLYN, Iowa — A Mass will be held for an Iowa college student less than a week after her body was found in a cornfield outside her small hometown. The funeral for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts will be held Sunday afternoon in the gymnasium of BGM High School in Brooklyn, the city of 1,500 in central Iowa where she grew up. Tibbetts graduated from the school in 2017.

AP Photos IACN109, IACN107. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated from funeral mass scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Central.

NEBRASKA CAPITOL FOCUS

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska lawmakers are looking for new ways to fight a fast-spreading tree species that crowds out other plants, destroys valuable ranchland and threatens the Great Plains from Texas to the Dakotas. Eastern red cedar trees are native to the Plains but have spread out of control without the natural prairie fires that kept them in check centuries ago. The trees suck up sunlight and groundwater at the expense of other native plants and turn grasslands into barren patches of dirt. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 650 words

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-UNUSUAL FARMER

ACKLEY, Iowa — Brian Wosepka has worked out a method of raising livestock in a microbial balanced environment by keeping his animals on the move to protect the land. Wosepka keeps his animals in an environment that resembles a zoo more than a traditional farm. He says the conventional livestock industry has animals sitting around in their own manure all day, and they require pharmaceuticals and antibiotics. By Thomas Nelson, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 753 words.

EXCHANGE-MASTER ENGLISH

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa — Immigrants wanting to spruce up their English vocabulary are able to learn and practice English language skills such as reading, writing and pronunciation at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington. The free, non-credit class also offers help to people wanting to practice interviewing skills or obtain a high school diploma from the U.S. as well as those needing study help for their citizenship test. The program does not require students to provide proof of citizenship or legal status. By Michaele Niehaus, The Hawkeye. SENT IN ADVANCE: 726 words.

IN BRIEF:

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