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

May 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

SPRING FLOODING-CITIES ENDURE

When the Mississippi River reached record levels 26 years ago, it covered 400,000 square miles and caused dozens of deaths in a disaster dubbed “The Great Flood of 1993.” But when the river exceeded those levels this week along parts of the upper river, flooding was relegated to much smaller tracts. By Margery Beck. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 3:30 p.m.

SPRING FLOODING

ST. LOUIS — The latest round of Midwestern flooding claimed at least three lives, closed hundreds of roads and forced residents of threatened towns to shore up threatened levees with sandbags as waters rose to record levels in some communities. By Jim Salter and Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 700 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

WIND ENERGY

DES MOINES _ The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected an effort by local landowners to block a proposed wind farm in northwest Iowa after it won approval from government regulators. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 570 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

BURLINGTON STABBING _ An 18-year-old accused of fatally stabbing another woman in a fight has struck a plea deal during her trial in Burlington.

FERENTZ-IOWA NEIGHBORS _ University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife have won another round in a neighborhood fight.

SIOUX CITY STABBING _ A friend of a 19-year-old Sioux City resident accused of stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend and another man testified that the defendant said he wanted to talk to the girl about their breakup and that he needed closure.

SHOT WHILE DRIVING _ A former college softball player fatally shot while driving in eastern Iowa will be memorialized Friday at a funeral Mass in her Kansas hometown.

SPORTS:

BKC--IOWA-MCCAFFERY

WEST DES MOINES _ Iowa coach Fran McCaffery talks about his roster, which is down four rotation players since March. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 450 words by 8 p.m.

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