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

January 30, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

IOWA JOBS PROGRAM-RESIGNATION

IOWA CITY _ A state employee who helped organize conferences for Gov. Kim Reynolds’ signature workforce development program resigned weeks before the Nov. 6 election, claiming the initiative was timed and designed to help the governor politically, according to records released Monday. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 775 words.

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-MODERATE DEMOCRATS

WEST DES MOINES _ As the early Democratic presidential candidates come out with their tax and health care plans, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is pitching beer and bipartisanship. The brewpub magnate recently swung through early-voting Iowa to test his theory that what voters really are interested in is someone with a record of achieving liberal goals even in a divided government. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 790 words, photos.

STATE OFFICIALS-SALARY _Three aides to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and six newly appointed agency directors earn more than the governor, in a decision a spokesman said reflects the need to attract top talent. SENT: 280 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

WINTER WEATHER

BISMARCK, N.D. _ A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures on Wednesday, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and the canceling of more than 1,600 flights from Chicago’s airports. The cold even prompted the U.S. Postal Service to suspend mail delivery to a wide swath of the region. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 840 words, photos, video. Eds: Will be updated.

WINTER WEATHER-NUMBERS

MINNEAPOLIS _ A look at how this week’s snowstorm and bitter cold have affected the United States, by the numbers. SENT: 225 words, photos.

With:

_ WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

_ WINTER WEATHER-IOWA

_ WINTER WEATHER-RAILROADS

IN BRIEF:

BOY FOUND DEAD-IOWA _ Police say a 13-year-old central Iowa boy found dead days after he left his home in freezing temperatures died after falling from a communications tower he had climbed.

BABY DIES-PARENTS CHARGED _ The mother of a baby whose lifeless body was found in an infant swing wearing a maggot-infested diaper is standing trial in his death. Eds: Note photo.

HOTEL FIRE-DEAD WOMAN _ Authorities say a man strangled his former girlfriend before setting at fire in a Sioux City hotel room.

COLD CAR-IOWA KIDS _ Authorities have arrested a western Iowa woman who left her 2- and 4-year-old children in a cold car while she went shopping.

SPORTS:

BKC--WEST VIRGINIA-IOWA STATE

AMES _ No. 20 Iowa State hosts West Virginia in search of its fourth win in five games. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: Game starts at 6 p.m.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

BKC--NORTHERN IOWA-LOYOLA _ Northern Iowa plays Loyola (IL) at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

BKC--ILLINOIS STATE-DRAKE _ Illinois State plays Drake at Knapp Center.

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