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

May 15, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

ATTORNEY GENERAL POWERS-IOWA

DES MOINES _ Current and former attorneys general from both major parties and several states are imploring Iowa’s Republican governor to veto a measure meant to prevent the state’s attorney general, currently a Democrat, from being able to file or join lawsuits challenging Trump administration policies. By David Pitt. SENT: 710 words, photo.

SPRING FLOODING-LEVEE REPAIRS

OMAHA, Neb. _ Communities that were flooded when levees failed along the Missouri River earlier this spring will likely remain exposed to high water for months to come, leaving displaced residents wondering when — or if — they will be able to return and rebuild their homes. By Josh Funk. SENT: 575 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

IOWA MURDER APPEAL _ A Des Moines man convicted last year of murder in the death of a man on a city street will get a new trial because of changes made by Iowa lawmakers in a 2017 stand-your-ground law.

CRASH KILLS CHICKENS _ Thousands of chickens were killed when a truck crashed in northeast Iowa.

IOWA COURTS-POLITICS _ Eight legislators and a lawyer have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a law giving the governor more control over the commission that nominates candidates for positions on the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals.

SPORTS:

BBM--RIVER BANDITS-FLOODING

CEDAR RAPIDS _ The Quad Cities River Bandits kicked off what was supposed to be their longest road trip of 2019 on Monday. Manager Ray Hernandez and his players couldn’t help but chuckle in exasperation. The River Bandits’ season _ vexed by flooding from the nearby Mississippi River _ devolved into an exhaustive road trek before it even started. Quad Cities will play at least 40 of their first 43 games away from home, a stretch capped with their most recent 12-game trip starting in nearby Cedar Rapids, because of flood-related issues near their ballpark. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 7 p.m.

BKN-COMBINE-DRAFT HOPEFULS

CHICAGO _ The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the draft combine, including Iowa’s Tyler Cook and Iowa State’s Marial Shayok. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 820 words, photo.

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