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BC-IA--Iowa News Digest 2:30 pm, IA

March 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING

Extensive flooding has stranded Nebraska cattle on high ground, drowned Iowa hogs in their barns and ruined grain bins still filled with corn and soybeans. That’s the immediately visible flood damage to farms likely to result in billions of dollars in damage. By David Pitt. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

WITH:

WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING-THE LATEST

WINTER WEATEHR-FLOODING-HAY HELP

FLOODING-LEVEES-Q&A

ST. LOUIS _ A look at the levee system, problems faced in flood-affected areas and what is involved in addressing them. By Jim Salter. UPCOMING.

AROUND THE STATE:

PUPPY LAUNDERING

DES MOINES, Iowa _ The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is suing to shut down what it describes as a national puppy-laundering ring that sells dogs from illegal breeding operations at inflated prices while pretending the animals are rescues. SENT:

The Iowa attorney general’s office says in a lawsuit that Iowa is home to a national “puppy laundering” ring that masquerades puppy-mill puppies as rescue animals and selling them for as much as $3,600 each. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING _ Police in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny say an officer has shot a burglary suspect who advanced on officers.

BODY IN CAR _ Police in eastern Iowa say officers and firefighters have found the body of a person in a burning car.

BOY KILLED-SITTING _ Iowa police say a 2-year-old boy died after a man sat on the child for allegedly taking his cellphone.

BREAK-IN DEATH _ Authorities say a man suspected of attempting to steal items from a dentist’s office in eastern Iowa died after scuffling with the dentist.

TEACHER ARRESTED-ALCOHOL _ A teacher accused of being drunk at her school in Dubuque has pleaded guilty.

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