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

April 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PRISON GUARD SUSPENSION

IOWA CITY — The department that runs Iowa’s prison system has suspended a guard for giving an interview to his small hometown newspaper for a positive story about his life and work helping inmates. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 750 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS — A wall of rocks and sandbags on Monday protected scenic Clarksville, Missouri, from the surging Mississippi River as spring flooding swamped fields, threatened homes and temporarily shut down a bridge connecting Missouri and Illinois. Heavy rain over much of the Midwest on Saturday caused another spike in water levels along the river and its tributaries, especially in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. By Jim Salter. SENT: 550 words, photos.

MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. _ A March survey of business supply managers is signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states, although the survey report released Monday said Midwest flooding has harmed some companies. SENT: 300 words.

With:

_ MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

IN BRIEF:

HOUSE FIRE-INJURIES _ Authorities say two people were injured in a central Iowa house fire that one of them reported by running to an emergency center.

HOMICIDE-DRUNKEN DRIVING _ An Altoona man is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday for vehicular homicide while driving drunk.

SPORTS:

BKW--NCAA WOMEN’S TIPPING OFF

ALBANY, N.Y. _ Half of the Final Four is set and the other two teams will be decided Monday night. UConn extended its record run of consecutive appearances in the Final Four to 12 and Oregon reached its first national semifinal with victories on Sunday. Notre Dame, Baylor, Stanford and Iowa will try to join them in Tampa, Florida. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 520 words, photos.

BKW--AP ALL-AMERICA TEAM

NEW YORK — Napheesa Collier has had an incredible senior year so far, leading UConn back to the Final Four for a 12th consecutive year. She was joined on the All-America team Monday by Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, Louisville’s Asia Durr and Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowan. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

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