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

March 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

REDRAWING AMERICA-IMBALANCE OF POWER

Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for Democrats. Yet it wasn’t as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That’s because in more states than not, Republicans continued to benefit from a built-in advantage that prevented deeper losses or helped them hold on to power, according to a new mathematical analysis by The Associated Press. By David A. Lieb. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos, video, video graphic.

With:

_ Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Reforms, the movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum in the states. By David A. Lieb. 500 words.

_ Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Cases, a summary of the main court cases around the country targeting gerrymandering.

_ Redrawing America-Imbalance of Power-Reforms-Glance, a state-by-state rundown of the various redistricting reform efforts across the US.

WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING

DES MOINES — As some communities along the Missouri River start to shift their focus to flood recovery after a late-winter storm, residents in two Iowa cities are stuck in crisis mode after their treatment plants shut down and left them in need of fresh water. By David Pitt. Eds: Will be updated.

_ WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING-THE LATEST

FROM AP MEMBERS:

ARREST RECORDS-JOBS _ The Waterloo Commission on Human Rights is again asking the City Council for an ordinance that would bar employers from asking on job applications whether the applicants have been arrested. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

SCHOOL THREAT-MAN CHARGED _ A 26-year-old eastern Iowa man has been accused of phoning in a bomb threat to an elementary school.

BOONE COUNTY FIRE _ Authorities have released the name of a 70-year-old man whose body was found inside the charred remains of a house in central Iowa.

SPORTS:

BKW--NCAA-IOWA CITY

Second-seeded Iowa preps for what it hopes will be a deep NCAA Tournament run. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 8 p.m.

BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF

Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 970 words, photos. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

BKC--NCAA-MINNESOTA-LOUISVILLE

DES MOINES _ Richard Pitino takes on the school that fired his famous father 17 months ago when Minnesota takes on seventh-seeded Louisvillle in the NCAA Tournament opener. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: Game starts at 10:15 a.m.

BKC--NCAA-BRADLEY-MICHIGAN ST

DES MOINES _ Second-seeded Michigan State opens what it hopes will be a deep NCAA run when it faces No. 15 Bradley on Thursday. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: Game starts at 2 p.m.

BKC--NCAA-FLORIDA-NEVADA

DES MOINES _ No. 7 seed and Mountain West champion Nevada opens the NCAA Tournament against 10 seed Florida. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 5:50 p.m.

BKC--NCAA-MONTANA-MICHIGAN

DES MOINES _ For the second year in a row, Montana and Michigan square off in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts about 8:30 p.m.

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