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AP-IA--Iowa News Digest 3 pm, IA

May 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa is on the verge of implementing sweeping income tax cuts that will have long-lasting effects felt in every corner of the state. Legislation was sent to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who is campaigning for election on tax cuts and is expected to sign the bill. By Scott Stewart. SEND: 850 words


DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Davenport Public Library has erased nearly $4,000 in fines incurred by hundreds of young cardholders thanks to a donation that’s intended to encourage summertime reading. The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend donation has erased fines incurred by about 300 youth cardholders from June 2017 to January 2018, the Quad-City Times reported . The gift was from the organization’s John J. and Bette J. Schmid Fund. SEND: 250 words



BURLINGTON, Iowa — A ballroom dancing club in Iowa is working to adapt to changing interests and attract new members. The rise and gradual decline of the Cotillion Club is a familiar Iowa story. Old traditions that once flourished fall by the wayside as younger generations define pop culture. Over the years, the club has relaxed membership bylaws and the dress code in the hopes of attracting more members. By Will Smith, The Hawk Eye. SENT IN ADVANCE: 808 words.


LEHIGH, Iowa — Multiple old buildings in an Iowa city have been bought and may eventually see new life. Roger Smith bought the old Lehigh Valley Cafe for $25,500 on Feb. 26. That same week, Randall Andrews, of Dayton, bought the former gas station across the street for $25,000, according to the Webster County Auditor’s online records. And on April 9, the City Council agreed to sell a building it owned to Joe Tuel for $501. By Joe Sutter, The Messenger. SENT IN ADVANCE: 870 words.


— ZOO BIRTHS-IOWA — Four new animals are on display at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines this spring, including three endangered species.


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