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

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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.

AROUND THE STATE:

SPRING FLOODING

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Authorities have rescued several people stranded by flooding in northwest Missouri as the swollen Missouri River continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwestern states. By Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 400 words, video, photos.

SOUTHERN FLOOD THREAT

The stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation, U.S. weather officials said Thursday. More than 200 million Americans are at risk for some kind of flooding, with 13 million of them at risk of major inundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its spring weather outlook. By Seth Borenstein and Jeff Martin. SENT: 720 words, photos. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

With:

_ SOUTHERN FLOOD THREAT-THE LATEST

ARREST RECORDS-JOBS _ The Waterloo Commission on Human Rights is pushing for an ordinance that would bar employers from including questions about criminal histories on job applications, after a website published an article criticizing the city’s racial disparities. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

BANKERS SURVEY _ A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows bankers are losing confidence in the future of the region’s farm economy in the wake of falling farm income and rising floodwaters.

LOTTERY JACKPOT _ Lottery officials say the Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $625 million. With: LOTTERY JACKPOT-LARGEST US JACKPOTS list.

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 Louisville 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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