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

February 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

IOWA COURTS-POLITICS

DES MOINES _ Nearly 50 years after Iowa moved to reduce partisanship in its court system, Republicans who control the governor’s office and the Legislature say it’s time to give politicians greater control. By David Pitt and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 825 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

Democratic presidential candidates are courting voters in states with influential early roles in the 2020 primary as the busy pace of campaigning over the holiday weekend shows that the contest to challenge President Donald Trump is fully underway. The brisk pace of the candidates’ stops Sunday in New Hampshire, Iowa and Nevada points to the up-for-grabs state of the race in its early stages. By Elena Schor. SENT: 330 words, photos. Will be updated.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-DERILICT BUILDINGS

MCCAUSLAND — A vacant, century-old bank building in McCausland could have been left to further deteriorate or meet the wrecking ball had it not been for a state grant program and a community’s determination. Built in 1916, the former McCausland Savings Bank was the city’s last remaining original commercial building when its residents decided to reinvent it into its City Hall. In November, after a three-year renovation, city staff moved in, though some cosmetic work remains. By Jennifer DeWitt, Quad-City Times. SENT: 750 words, photos.

DES MOINES SIDEWALKS

DES MOINES _ A path of flattened grass stretches across Thorin King’s front yard on a busy stretch of East Euclid Avenue. With no sidewalks on either side of the street, the 45-year-old father of four said neighbors walk across his yard to reach Hy-Vee and other nearby businesses. That could soon change. By Austin Cannon, The Des Moines Register. SENT: 750 words.

BRIEFS:

WINTER WEATHER-IOWA-NEBRASKA _ A storm has buried much of Iowa and Nebraska under more than a half-foot of snow.

CHILD DEATH-ARREST _ A jury has convicted a Council Bluffs man on charges related to the death of a 16-month-old girl but acquitted him of murder.

SPORTS:

BKW--T25-MARYLAND-IOWA

IOWA CITY - No. 7 Maryland travels to face No. 14 Iowa. The Hawkeyes are just a game behind the league-leading Terps. UPCOMING: Game starts at 1 p.m. ET. Stringer Adam Hensley filing through Luke Meredith.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

BKC--NORTHERN IOWA-EVANSVILLE _ Northern Iowa plays Evansville at Ford Center.

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