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AP-IA--Iowa News Digest 4 pm, IA

July 8, 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, Iowa — Former five term Iowa Gov. Robert Ray died Sunday at age 89. He held the state’s top office from 1969 to 1983.



DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa agency wants to use inmates to eventually build at least 100 homes a year for low-income individuals around the state, an unusual idea within the expansive prison labor industry that has so far been stalled by a lack of support from lawmakers. The Iowa Department of Corrections said the program, which was quietly considered but ultimately rejected during the last legislative session, would give inmates work training that could reduce their likelihood of returning to prison once they’re released. The agency believes it could also help alleviate Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers and its lack of affordable housing. By Barbara Rodriguez. SENT: 900 words


DUBUQUE, Iowa — Dubuque will begin sharing its traffic camera video with a California technology company in hopes of developing methods to decrease dangers and improve traffic flow. The Telegraph Herald reports that Dubuque City Council members have approved a license agreement with NVIDIA Corp. The city will provide its traffic camera and video footage to the technology firm. City documents show the arrangement will last for at least three years.SENT: 275 words



CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — A University of Northern Iowa professor has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for producing his invention. Three years ago, Austin Maginnis designed and patented the Flop Shot, a backyard golf chipping game similar to a bean bag toss game. After building a crude prototype, he realized the game could be both. He hopes to raise $50,000 in his 30-day Kickstarter campaign. By Meta Hemenway-Forbes, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 454 words.


DES MOINES, Iowa — Leighton Kreider is one of the 7,800 American service members who still have not come home after losing their lives in the Korean War. But last month’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un has sparked new hope that more soldiers’ remains will be repatriated. That includes 133 soldiers missing from Iowa. By Kevin Hardy, Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2028 words.




NEWTON, Iowa — Canadian James Hinchcliffe passed Josef Newgarden with just over 40 laps left to win the IndyCar race at the Iowa Speedway on Sunday, his first victory of the season. Hinchcliffe, a series veteran who failed to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500, picked up his first win since Long Beach in 2017 and his second win at Iowa. Hinchcliffe also took first on the 0.894-mile track in 2013. By Sports Writer Luke Meredith. AP Photos IACN110, IACN102, IACN101, IACN103.


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