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

December 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

SEX ASSAULT-CHARGES DROPPED _ An Iowa judge cited the courthouse arrest of a drunken prosecutor in dismissing charges against a man accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy. SENT: 300 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

FERAL CATS-DES MOINES _ The Des Moines City Council has approved a new effort to round up feral cats throughout the city and then spay or neuter the animals before releasing them back into neighborhoods. UPCOMING: 250 words.

HOG FARM-PERMIT DENIED _ The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said Tuesday it has taken the unusual step of denying denied a permit for a large hog farm proposed for Fillmore County in southeastern Minnesota because of the threat of adding to groundwater nitrate pollution in the geologically porous region. SENT: 280 words. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

IN BRIEF:

PRISONER DIES _ The Iowa Corrections Department says a man serving a life sentence has died.

FIREARMS COURSE-IOWA SCHOOLS _ Two rural northeast Iowa school districts intend to offer firearms safety courses for middle school students this spring.

FIREWORKS FINES-BIG SHOW _ The Fort Dodge City Council has approved a plan to use a portion of fireworks fines to help pay for a professional pyrotechnics show on Independence Day.

SPORTS:

BKC--WESTERN CAROLINA-IOWA

IOWA CITY _ Western Carolina plays Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

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