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AP-IA--Iowa News Digest 2:45 pm, IA

September 30, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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DAVENPORT, Iowa —An Iowa television station is using drones to capture video. Moline-based WQAD-TV was ahead of the TV field two years ago when its first few photographers started studying for a test they never dreamed they’d be taking. They would have to prove to the Federal Aviation Administration that they knew how to safely fly the station’s expensive new drone. By Barb Ickes, Quad-City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1947 words.


FORT DODGE, Iowa — At the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, an unusual group is catering to the spiritual needs of those who have no religion at all. Ben O’Donnell is not only the founder of the correctional facility’s humanists group, he also has the distinction of being the first prisoner to become a celebrant — a position similar to a minister — with the secular American Humanist Association. By Joe Sutter, The Messenger. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2097 words.


— IOWA FIRE CHIEF DIES — The longtime fire chief in the Iowa town of Buffalo died over the weekend.



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