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

March 20, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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-FLOODING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Passenger rail traffic along a popular Missouri route has been suspended and evacuations continue amid flooding along the Missouri River. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos, video by 3 p.m.

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_ WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING-THE LATEST

IOWA LAWMAKER-TROOPER

BROOKLYN — An Iowa highway patrolman who was recently elected to the Legislature wrote almost no tickets to his future constituents during his successful campaign for a state House seat. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 830 words, photo.

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE-IDEOLOGY

DUBUQUE _ In a primary that has so far been defined by progressive energy, Democrat Beto O’Rourke is trying to avoid definition. But that could leave Democrats with the impression that he is a candidate with a split political personality. By Will Weissert. UPCOMING: 950 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

VOTING RIGHTS-STATUE _ An Iowa group is hoping to build a sculpture commemorating women’s voting rights in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. SENT: 270 words.

IN BRIEF:

OFFICERS CATCH DROPPED KIDS _ Four police officers who rushed to the scene of an apartment fire are being hailed for catching children dropped by their mother from a third-story window. Eds: AP Video pursuing.

FIREFIGHTER HOSPITALIZED _ Authorities say a West Des Moines firefighter was hospitalized after battling a house fire.

ART TEACHER-SEXUAL EXPLOITATION _ An April sentencing has been scheduled for a former Des Moines school district art teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.

SPECIAL ELECTION-IOWA SENATE _ Another Democrat has been elected to represent the Waterloo area in the Iowa Senate.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

DES MOINES _ After three consecutive first-weekend exits, second-seeded Michigan State looks to make an NCAA Tournament run starting Thursday against Bradley. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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