Good morning. Below is a preview of the AP's expected report for Iowa for Wednesday.
Information in this preview is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. An afternoon digest and digest advisories will keep you up to date. The Iowa news editor is Scott McFetridge. Nelson Lampe is on the desk in Omaha, Neb. They can be reached at 800-453-2113 or 515-243-3281. Other key numbers:
Iowa Statehouse bureau: 515-288-6110
Iowa City bureau: 319-337-5615
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IOWA CITY — Bakir Hajdarevic didn't have to study for the most important test in a class last fall. He just had to spit — a lot. The 19-year-old freshman at the University of Iowa took an honors seminar on personal genetics in which students had the option of sending saliva samples so a testing company could use DNA to unlock some of their most personal health and family secrets. The class, taught at Iowa for the first time, is part of a growing movement in higher education to tackle the rapidly advancing field of personal genetics, which is revolutionizing medicine and raising difficult ethical and privacy questions. By Ryan J. Foley. AP Photos.
DES MOINES — A Cedar Falls lawmaker is proposing that the Capitol cafeteria and other government spots be required to offer food that meets with American Heart Association recommendations. By MacKenzie Elmer.
DES MOINES — Legislative leaders of both parties plan to unveil their budget spending goals. By Catherine Lucey.
SCHOOL SHOOTING RESPONSE
CEDAR RAPIDS — By midyear, an estimated 500 to 600 people in law enforcement, teaching and other businesses in Iowa will have taken what's now called "ALICE" training — alert, lockdown, inform, counter and escape — a new system of responding to an active shooter in a public or private building. On Tuesday, about 35 participants took part in a two-day ALICE training program that included acting out realistic scenarios in an empty office building along the Cedar River.
CHICAGO — A slow-moving storm that has paralyzed parts of the nation's midsection for days with heavy, wet snow that strained power lines, clogged roadways and delayed hundreds of flights, dumped at least 6 inches of snow on western Michigan early Wednesday as it churned eastward. The storm that made travel perilous from the Oklahoma Panhandle to the Great Lakes on Tuesday was expected to linger for another day over Chicago and parts of the Midwest. Up to a foot of snow was forecast for northern New England on Wednesday evening. By Tammy Webber. Eds: Note Iowa mention. AP Photos.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Indian casinos brushed off weak consumer spending in a sluggish U.S. economic recovery to post a modest increase in revenue in 2011, an industry study reported Wednesday. Not only did revenue rise 3 percent, to $27.4 billion, but Indian casinos are holding on to their share of total casino gambling revenue, competing closely with commercial casinos, according to the report, "Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report." By Stephen Singer. Eds: Note Iowa interest.
IOWA CITY — Iowa's slim NCAA tournament hopes vanished with a weekend loss at Nebraska. But the Hawkeyes remain in contention for a decent seed for the Big Ten tournament. So does Purdue, which is also 6-8 in league play ahead of Wednesday game in Iowa City. By Luke Meredith. 7:30 tipoff. AP Photos.
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