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

March 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ More towns are evacuating as the flooding Missouri River seeps over and breaches levees. The National Weather Service says the Missouri River will crest Friday in Atchison, Kansas, and St. Joseph, Missouri, at levels that fall just short of those reached during the historic 1993 flooding. Downstream from there, no major flooding is forecast along the river. AP Photos.


OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. _ The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military’s Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble to save sensitive equipment, munitions and dozens of aircraft. Days into the flooding, muddy water was still lapping at almost 80 flooded buildings at Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base. By Margery A. Beck, Ellen Knickmeyer and Robert Burns. SENT: 1,230 words, photos, video.


FLUORIDATION ENDING _ A western Iowa city council has voted to end a nearly 50-year practice of putting fluoride in the city water supply. UPCOMING: 275 words.


SOCCER CLUB THEFT _ A woman who admitted stealing thousands of dollars from a Des Moines soccer club has been sentenced.

EX-TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS CHARGED _ Another former Winnebago Tribal Council member has pleaded guilty to his role in stealing from the Nebraska-based tribe’s casino in Iowa.

POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING _ Authorities have charged a burglary suspect shot by a police officer in a Des Moines suburb.



TULSA, Okla. _ No. 6 seed Iowa State, fresh off a Big 12 Tournament title, faces No. 11 seed Ohio State in a first-round Midwest Region game. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game time 8:50 p.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio _ No. 10 Iowa plays a first-round game against No. 7 Cincinnati, which had one of the biggest NCAA Tournament meltdowns last year. By Joe Kay. Tip-off 12:40 p.m.


AMES _ Third-seeded Iowa State looks to get back to the Sweet Sixteen with the help of some Hilton Coliseum magic. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m.


IOWA CITY _ Tenth-seeded Drake faces Missouri of the SEC in the NCAA Tournament. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: Game starts at 3:30 p.m.


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