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BC-IA--Iowa News Digest 2:45 pm, IA

March 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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AROUND THE STATE:

TRIBAL CASINO FIGHT

CARTER LAKE, Iowa _ Some 150 years after suffering the loss of its homeland at the hands of the U.S. government, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is celebrating a triumph with the opening of a casino intended to secure a stream of revenue for the long-struggling tribe. The only thing standing in its way? An effort by governments in Iowa and Nebraska that seeks to strip it of the casino. By Margery A. Beck.

AP Photos IANH205-0214191237, IANH204-0214191234, IANH201-0214191145, IANH202-0214191204, NENH209-0806171530.

WINTER WEATHER

ST. LOUIS _ A storm that dropped several inches of snow to parts of the Midwest over the weekend was heading toward the Northeast, where it could disrupt Monday morning commutes. Up to 8 inches (15 centimeters) of snow had fallen in parts of far western Kansas by Sunday morning. But most areas of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois that were within the path of the storm had gotten no more than a few inches of snow.

AP Photos MOSTP601-0227191636, MOSTP602-0227191633.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-GUARD LEADER

SIOUX CITY, Iowa _ Col. Mark Muckey grew up flying in a Cessna with his uncle Al Anfinson at Martin Field in South Sioux City. While still a 17-year-old East High School student, Muckey enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1984 at Sioux City’s 185th Fighter Wing. On March 2, Muckey took over as the 14th wing commander of the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard during a ceremony at the Sioux City base. He succeeds Col. Larry Christensen, who has been selected as chief of staff for the Iowa Air National Guard at Camp Dodge in Des Moines. By Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 676 words.

EXCHANGE-CONSERVATION LEADER

DAVENPORT, Iowa _ Curtis Lundy was the guiding force behind the Quad-Cities’ first XStream Clean-Up, a community-wide litter pickup along area streams involving hundreds of volunteers. He got the idea while biking along Duck Creek and seeing all the pop cans and car tires. He pushed a program in Scott County to seed native plants in the ditches of country roads, creating habitat for birds and pollinators. For these activities and others, Lundy, of Bettendorf, recently received the first Oberholtzer Award for present-day conservation leadership at an event at Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport. By Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1195 words.

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