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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WINTER WEATHER

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Heavy rain falling atop deeply frozen ground has prompted evacuations along swollen rivers in Wisconsin, Nebraska and other Midwestern states, while powerful wind and snow has impacted hundreds of miles of interstates in North Dakota. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 530 words, photos.

With:

_ WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-AMY KLOBUCHAR

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is going all-in on Iowa as she tries to become the Democratic nominee for president, returning to the nation’s leadoff caucus state this weekend for a flurry of stops — her third visit since launching her campaign just over a month ago. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 710 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS

WASHINGTON — The contours of the Democratic presidential primary came into clearer focus this week with Texan Beto O’Rourke’s entry into the race — one of the final puzzle pieces in a contest that will be shaped by questions about race and gender, political ideology and generational change. By Julie Pace. SENT: 1,080 words, photos, video.

AROUND THE STATE:

MOTHER KILLED-CHARGES _ The father of an Iowa man accused of fatally shooting his mother in 2015 for financial gain testified that his life was forever changed the moment his daughter called to say his wife of five decades had been found dead on the kitchen floor. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF:

POTHOLE PATCHERS-VOLUNTEERS _ A Waterloo businessman is mounting another volunteer effort to fill the city’s unhappy bounty of potholes.

MARSHALLTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER _ Marshalltown has begun a fundraising campaign to help renovate a 90-year-old community center damaged by a tornado last summer.

BOYS SCHOOL-MENTAL HEALTH _ A lawsuit targeting Iowa’s use of seclusion and restraints at a state home for male juvenile offenders has been granted class-action status.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-IOWA-MICHIGAN

CHICAGO _ Iowa takes on No. 10 Michigan in the third round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes held the Wolverines to 32 percent shooting in a 74-59 win on Feb. 1 in their only meeting of the season. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts approximately 8:30 p.m.

BKC--T25-B12-IOWA ST-KANSAS ST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ No. 15 Kansas State tries to advance to the Big 12 Tournament title game for the third time when the regular-season champions and No. 1 seed face fifth-seeded Iowa State. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.

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