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

March 7, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



IOWA CITY _ The AP examines the enormous legal consequences faced by convicted felons who are caught voting in violation of Iowa’s strict ban, which can include major fines and jail time. The review comes as lawmakers consider a constitutional amendment that would soften Iowa’s ban on felon voting, considered among the nation’s strictest, by restoring voting rights to those who have completed their sentences. By Ryan J. Foley. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


OMAHA, Neb. _ Nebraska and Iowa officials are preparing for the possibility of serious flooding this spring. Forecasters say there is an increased risk of flooding partly because of the snowy winter. By Josh Funk Upcoming: 350 words developing from Thursday afternoon briefings.

1992 HOMICIDE ARREST-IOWA _ A woman charged in the 1992 beating death of her boyfriend testifies about finding his body and their relationship as her first-degree murder trial continues in Muscatine. UPCOMING: 275 words.


STORE THEFT-CASHIER _ Authorities say they’ve charged a Nebraska woman who stole $400 on the first day she worked at Sioux City store and stole $1,000 on the last day she worked there.

BODY FOUND-COUNCIL BLUFFS _ A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has been charged with murder, accused of killing a man in western Iowa’s Council Bluffs.

BUSH CRASH SETTLEMENT-LAWSUIT _ A judge says a northwest Iowa couple owe a lawyer $2.18 million more for representing them in talks that resulted in a $7.5 million settlement with Sioux City.



MADISON, Wis. _ Iowa, which has lost three of its last four, visits No. 21 Wisconsin looking for a win to help enhance its NCAA Tournament seeding. Wisconsin won the first meeting of the teams in November. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 6 p.m.


A look at the upcoming weekend around the Big Ten. By Eric Olson. SENT: 640 words, photos.


A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 540 words, photos.


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