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

August 10, 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.

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DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court says the state cannot implement several absentee voting requirements in a new voter ID law until a challenge to the law can be heard in a trial. The court in an order issued Friday says the state cannot refuse an absentee ballot based on a judgment by local election official that the voter’s signature doesn’t match one on file. By David Pitt. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.



WASHINGTON — Michael Avenatti, the self-styled provocateur taking on the president on behalf of porn actress Stormy Daniels, has a message for Iowa Democrats: His foray into presidential politics is no stunt. By Catherine Lucey and Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 995 words, photos.



OMAHA, Neb. — BNSF Railway acknowledged Friday that flooding played a role in a derailment that loosed thousands of gallons of oil into northwest Iowa floodwaters. By Nelson Lampe. SENT: 295 words, photo.


PARCHMAN, Miss. — Soybean farmers David Allen Hall and Tyrone Grayer had high hopes when a farm-show salesman told them the seeds he sold would bring good yields in their fertile Mississippi Delta fields, and were less likely to be damaged by weeds. But as the plants began to grow, Hall, Grayer and other black farmers who bought certified seeds from Stine Seed salesman Kevin Cooper in 2017 noticed that they were shorter and less uniform than plants from other seeds. A bad yield followed. By Adrian Sainz. SENT: 830 words, photos. Eds: Note Iowa mention.


MINNEAPOLIS — Mayo Clinic will get a new president and chief executive at the end of the year when Dr. Gianrico Farrugia takes over from Dr. John Noseworthy, the world-renowned health care organization announced Friday. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 415 words. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

CASINO LAWSUIT — The dismissal of a lawsuit in Iowa involving the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino owner and its nonprofit partner has ended years of litigation. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


BOEHNER — Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner says his party has an uphill climb in its goal to hold the majority.

DEPOT DOOMED — Officials say the old Canadian Pacific train depot in Mason City can be moved elsewhere instead of being demolished.

NEW AUDITOR QUITS — The Cerro Gordo County auditor has resigned just four months after taking office.

STALKING CHARGE-696 TEXTS — Authorities say a Minnesota woman who sent 696 text messages to a northern Iowa man in April violated a no-contact order.

VEHICULAR HOMICIDE CHARGE — A driver has been given five years in prison for the death of a man killed in a collision south of Burlington in southeast Iowa.



IOWA CITY — Iowa tackles Alaric Jackson and Tristan Wirfs appear to have bright futures ahead of them. But neither will be available for the opener because of suspensions. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING. 600 words by 6 p.m.


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