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

January 31, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ABORTION-IOWA

DES MOINES _ More than half of the Republican-dominated Iowa Senate has quickly signed on to a constitutional amendment aimed at weakening the state court system’s power to review abortion restrictions, just days after an Iowa judge overturned what would have been the nation’s broadest such limit. By David Pitt. SENT: 675 words, photo

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-SHERROD BROWN

CRESCO _ Democrat Sherrod Brown’s first trip to Iowa as a presidential prospect could feel a lot like home for the Ohio senator. The three-term swing-state senator is visiting places like his home state, where working class voters helped elect Donald Trump in 2016 but re-elected Brown handily last year. By Thomas Beaumont. UPCOMING: 475 words, photo. Story and photos will be updated from Cresco event, scheduled for 7 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-MIDWEST

WASHINGTON — The clearest path for Democrats to return to the White House runs straight through the upper Midwest, fueling debate over who is best positioned to recapture the region’s working-class voters who broke for President Donald Trump in 2016. Though the first prominent Democrats to announce their 2020 candidacies hail from the coasts, several Midwestern natives — including Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota — are offering themselves as potential contenders uniquely attuned to the region’s priorities. Brown, who will launch a tour of early-voting states in Iowa on Thursday with a message focused on workers, has been explicit in his appeal, saying recently that he could win his crucial home state, “where they know me best.” By Elana Schor and Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ The painfully cold weather system holding much of the Midwest in a historic deep freeze sent temperatures plunging to a record low in northern Illinois on Thursday, but a dramatic swing of as much as 80 degrees is expected by early next week. By Michael Tarm and Corey Williams. SENT: 700 words, photos, video. Eds: Will be updated.

With:

_ WINTER WEATHER-IOWA-THE LATEST

_ WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

FATAL COLLISION-WESTERN IOWA _ Authorities say three people died and two were injured in a head-on collision in western Iowa’s Crawford County.

NUCLEAR SITE-MAN KILLED _ A person fatally shot by law enforcement officers during a confrontation at a U.S. nuclear security site in Nevada has been identified as a 27-year-old Iowa man.

CHILD DEATH ARREST _ A man accused of killing a 16-month-old girl is scheduled to go on trial next week in western Iowa.

SPORTS:

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

The game of the week in the Big Ten pits No. 21 Maryland against No. 24 Wisconsin. The Terrapins won the first meeting two weeks ago. By Eric Olson. SENT: 560 words, photos, on national lines.

BKC-BIG 12 THIS WEEK

Texas Tech plays at Kansas in a crucial Big 12 showdown. The Red Raiders got a much-needed 84-65 win over TCU, just two days after holding off Arkansas in Lubbock. By Luke Meredith. SENT: 480 words, photos, on national lines.

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