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

March 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE

KEOKUK _ Beto O’Rourke has begun campaigning in his 2020 presidential bid with his first trip to Iowa. The former Texas congressman announced his White House run Thursday morning and stopped later in a coffeeshop in Keokuk Iowa. He promised to offer the kind of bipartisan, optimistic vision for the future that helped him nearly upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in deeply red Texas last November.

WINTER WEATHER

LONGMONT, Colo. _ National Guard troops used specialized vehicles with tank-like treads to rescue stranded drivers in Colorado in the wake of a massive late-winter storm that unleashed heavy rain and snow on parts of the Midwest plains early Thursday. SENT: 730 words, photos. Will be updated.

With:

_ WINTER WEATHER-IOWA _ Floodwaters have forced Iowa officials to close several highways on the west side of the state.

IOWA FARMLAND VALUES _ A new report says Iowa farmland values fell 2.7 percent over the past year, in part because of trade disputes. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 225 words.

SPORTS:

BKC--B12-IOWA ST-BAYLOR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Fourth-seeded Baylor faces No. 5 seed Iowa State in the first quarterfinal of the Big 12 Tournament. By Avery Osen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 11:30 a.m.

BKC--B10-ILLINOIS-IOWA

CHICAGO _ Iowa tries to stop a four-game slide when it faces Illinois on the second day of the Big Ten Tournament. The Illini advanced with a 74-69 overtime win against Northwestern on Wednesday night. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts about 8:30 p.m.

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