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

March 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

SPRING FLOODING-BLAME

OMAHA, Neb. _ Whenever there is major flooding along the Missouri River, some want to blame the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Officials with the agency that manages the dams and levees along the river say that’s not fair this year because most of the rain and snow that fueled this year’s flooding came from areas downstream of the dams. By Josh Funk and Jim Salter. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

FREE SPEECH-CAMPUS _ Iowa’s governor has signed a bill into law requiring the state’s public universities and community colleges to adopt policies respecting free speech on campus, but it’s unclear what changes the law promoted by conservative groups will require. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

SEX ASSAULTS-DNA MATCHES _ Authorities say a DNA sample taken from a man arrested on federal drug charges has matched those taken after four Dubuque women were raped years ago.

STORE THEFT-CASHIER _ A Nebraska woman has pleaded not guilty to stealing from a now-closed Sears store in western Iowa.

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