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

March 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

WINTER WEATHER

A blizzard that paralyzed parts of Colorado and Wyoming barreled into the Midwest on Thursday, bringing whiteout conditions to western Nebraska and dumping heavy rain that prompted evacuations in communities father east. By Dan Elliott and Bob Moen. SENT: 570 words, photos. Will be updated

With:

_ WINTER WEATHER-IOWA

_ WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE

BURLINGTON _ Democrat Beto O’Rourke jumped into the 2020 presidential race Thursday, shaking up the already packed field and pledging to win over voters from both major parties as he tries to translate his political celebrity into a formidable White House bid. By Will Weissert and Alexandra Jaffe. SENT: 975 words, photos, audio, video.

With:

_ ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE:

COUNTY TREASURERS-VENDOR

IOWA CITY _ County treasurers in Iowa are reviewing whether to continue a college scholarship program funded by two key vendors that benefits their own children and grandchildren. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

IOWA FARMLAND VALUES _ Iowa farmland values fell by nearly 3 percent over the past year, in part because of President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other countries, according to a new report. SENT: 270 words.

IN BRIEF:

ONLINE CRIME REPORTS _ Waterloo police are offering to take online reports about minor matters and crimes.

SPORTS:

BKC--B12-IOWA ST-BAYLOR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Fifth-seeded Iowa State beats No. 4 Baylor in the first quarterfinal of the Big 12 Tournament. By Avery Osen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--B10-ILLINOIS-IOWA

CHICAGO _ Iowa tries to stop a four-game slide when it faces Illinois on the second day of the Big Ten Tournament. The Illini advanced with a 74-69 overtime win against Northwestern on Wednesday night. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts about 8:30 p.m.

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