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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SPRING FLOODING

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday that recent flooding in the state has caused an estimated $1.6 billion in damage, pushing the total costs from the devastating Midwest flooding to at least $3 billion. By David Pitt. SENT: 430 words, photos, video.

With:

_ SPRING FLOODING-THE LATEST

SPRING FLOODING-NATIONAL SECURITY

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.

AROUND THE STATE:

FLUORIDATION ENDING _ A small town in northwestern Iowa has ended its decades-long practice of treating the city’s drinking water with fluoride. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 275 words.

IN BRIEF:

IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT _ Iowa’s unemployment rate of 2.4 percent last month leaves it tied with three other states for the lowest rate in the nation.

FALSE TIME SHEETS _ The manager of an eastern Iowa county dispatch and communications center is accused faking hours on her time sheets, hours that investigators say she spent working as a bartender.

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.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-OHIO ST-IOWA ST

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.

BKC--NCAA-IOWA-CINCINNATI

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. Game time 12:40 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-MERCER-IOWA

IOWA CITY _ Second-seeded Iowa opens NCAA play against Mercer. The Bears have won 17 straight. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: Game starts at 1 p.m. CT.

BKW--NCAA-DRAKE-MISSOURI

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.

BKW--NCAA-AMES PREVIEW

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.

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