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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

FARM DEBT

WICHITA, Kan. _ The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back their loans after years of low crop prices, with nearly one out of five loans in a government farm program now delinquent for the worst January default rate in at least nine years. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 990 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

INSURANCE FRAUD _ A northwest Iowa man accused of insurance fraud has been given two years of probation.

PIGS STOLEN _ One of two men accused of stealing around 150 pigs in northern Iowa has been sentenced.

DAY CARE PROVIDER CHARGED _ An Iowa City woman who told police she drank several cans of beer before providing day care to an infant who died later that day has been given two years of probation.

SPORTS:

BKC--DRAKE’S RISE

DES MOINES _ First-year coach Darian DeVries has once-lowly Drake on the verge of the Missouri Valley title _ despite losing do-everything point guard Nick Norton to a knee injury. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

No. 9 Michigan will go for its second win over No. 17 Maryland in two weeks when the teams meet Sunday in College Park. By Eric Olson. SENT: 570 words, photos.

BKC--BIG 12 THIS WEEK

A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 360 words, photos.

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