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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge has ordered a Denver woman to remain jailed in North Dakota while she awaits a spring sentencing for shooting at law officers during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 375 words.



DUBUQUE — Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, a group that oversees Meals on Wheels, recently instituted a hard freeze on accepting any new program participants requesting meals until at least July. The freeze was in reaction to midyear cuts proposed by the governor's office and the Iowa Senate Appropriations Committee. By Jeff Montgomery, the Telegraph Herald. SENT: 670 words, photo.

BIKE SHARING-SIOUX CITY — Sioux City may work with a bike-sharing service that could bring up to 250 bicycles to the city's downtown this spring. SENT: 240 words.


ROLLA, Mo. — Five people died and dozens were injured in more than 650 crashes on snow-covered Missouri roads, and authorities said up to 50 vehicles collided on a freeway in Iowa. In Iowa, authorities closed part of Interstate 35 near Ames on Monday after up to 70 vehicles collided on the snow-covered pavement. SENT: 360 words, photos.


BACHELOR-FATAL CRASH — A judge has given an Iowa farmer-turned-reality television star more time to prepare a defense against a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

IOWA CAUCUSES — The Iowa caucuses will take place as planned despite snow that is expected to make travel difficult in much of the state.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOND — Voters will decide on a proposed $25.5 million bond issue to pay for improvements at Iowa Central Community College.

FATAL FIRE-IOWA — One person has died in a house fire in the small northwest Iowa city of George.


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