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

February 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SEXUAL HARASSMENT-IOWA

IOWA CITY _ The state agreed to settle sexual harassment claims against an agency director for $4.15 million after a victim’s lawyer threatened to investigate the harasser’s close relationship with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, records show. The unprecedented settlement payments were also approved after the attorney, Paige Fiedler, backed off of a threat to file the explosive lawsuit days before the Nov. 6 election in which Reynolds narrowly won a four-year term in office, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 800 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

FARM DEBT

WICHITA, Kan. _ The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump’s tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 990 words, photo.

OIL PIPELINE-LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The Native American tribe leading the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline says an Army Corps of Engineers document shows the agency concluded the pipeline wouldn’t unfairly affect tribes before it ever consulted them. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 600 words.

IN BRIEF:

LOTTERY SCAM _ A Massachusetts woman will spend 21 months in prison for cheating a dozen elderly people out of more than $300,000 in a lottery scam. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

APARTMENT BLAZE-CEDAR RAPIDS _ Authorities say at least four occupants and one firefighter were injured in a fire at an apartment building in central Cedar Rapids.

TRAFFIC DEATH-DES MOINES _ Des Moines police have charged a driver who investigators say may have caused another driver to swerve his car and plunge over a concrete wall to his death in a parking lot below.

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

GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 9 Michigan at No. 17 Maryland, Sunday. The Wolverines (24-4, 13-4) are one game behind Big Ten-leading Michigan State heading into their home game against Nebraska on Thursday night and will be looking to sweep Maryland after winning the first meeting 65-52 in Ann Arbor on Feb. 16. By Eric Olson. SENT: 580 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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