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BC-IA--Iowa News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IA

February 7, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



President Donald Trump’s call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court. By David Crary. SENT: 730 words, photos.


CHRISTIAN GROUP-UNIVERSITY LAWSUIT _ A federal judge has ruled the University of Iowa was wrong to strip a Christian student group of its registered status because the organization required its leaders to promise to not have sex outside marriage between a man and a woman. UPCOMING: 300 words.


CITY HALL FIRE _ A fire has heavily damaged a city hall in southeast Iowa.

SMART METERS _ An Iowa regulatory board won’t let Alliant Energy charge customers who decline to have smart meters used to track how much electricity they use.

DETECTIVE CHARGED-BAR ASSAULT _ A Polk County sheriff’s detective convicted of punching an Ankeny firefighter in a bar fracas has left the sheriff’s force.

LOTTERY SCHEME _ A Fort Dodge man has been accused of scheming to defraud the Iowa Lottery.



League-leading Kansas State travels to Baylor to highlight this weekend’s Big 12 action. The Wildcats vaulted into first place in the league with a 74-67 win over Kansas in Manhattan. SENT: 450 words, photos.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _After snapping a seven-game losing streak last weekend, the Indiana Hoosiers return home Thursday seeking a second consecutive upset of a ranked foe when No. 20 Iowa comes to town. The Hawkeyes ended a two-game skid by beating Michigan on Friday but haven’t won in Bloomington since 2015. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 8 p.m.


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