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.

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ZWINGLE, Iowa — Several Dubuque police officers found themselves in an unusual environment at the bottom of a quarry pond. The police department's nine-member dive team was undergoing its monthly training exercises, The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported . Training is held monthly so divers can keep their skills sharp. SENT: 250 words


OMAHA, Neb. — A man convicted of a 1988 double killing in western Nebraska is seeking to reopen the case by using new technology to identify fingerprints left at the crime scene, even as a new documentary series nearing completion calls into question his guilt. Jeff Boppre, who is serving two life sentences, has maintained for three decades that he was framed for the killings of Richard Valdez and his pregnant girlfriend, Sharon Condon, in a Scottsbluff home. The Nebraska judicial system has upheld his 1989 conviction numerous times. By Margery A. Beck.

AP Photo CER801. SENT: 800 words



SIOUX CITY, Iowa — For years, the sight of an oncoming Ford Crown Victoria has prompted drivers on Sioux City streets to steal a quick glance at their speedometers. The iconic sedan, which served as the Sioux City Police Department's prominent vehicle in the late 1990s and early 2000s, became synonymous with law enforcement here and around the country. Now, the last Crown Victorias in the department's fleet are expected to rev their engines for the final time later this year. By Ian Richardson, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 768 words.


MUSCATINE, Iowa — On any given day, the Muscatine Center for Social Action has at least three individuals or families in need of a place to put their pet. Worries about pets were keeping people from seeking a place to stay at the homeless shelter, since it couldn't accommodate the animals. Beth Van Zandt decided to do something about it last year. She began Safe Harbor Pets, an attempt to foster the animals of people coming to the shelter until they found stable housing. By Zachary Oren Smith, The Muscatine Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 732 words.


— DES MOINES HOMICIDE — Des Moines authorities don't expect to file any charges in connection with this weekend's fatal shooting because the victim was violating a court protection order and assaulting a man.


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