Good morning! 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 Iowa News Editor Scott McFetridge also can be reached at 515-243-3281 or

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DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama — Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. The storm later weakened into a depression on Wednesday but remained dangerous, dumping rain, spawning tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake. The remnants will likely cause flash flooding across parts of seven states and as far north as Iowa in the coming days. BY Jay Reeves. SENT: 830 words, photos.

RURAL HOMELESS SHELTER — A former church in a rural area northeast of Fort Dodge is being transformed into a homeless shelter, offering another refuge for women and children in need of help. UPCOMING: 275 words.


PARKING RAMP LEAP-LAWSUIT — Iowa will pay $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit involving a woman who leaped from the top of a five-story parking ramp.

IOWA FLOODING — Cedar Rapids is taking steps to protect the city from Cedar River floodwaters.


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