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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines woman is fighting City Hall to protect the lush garden she has created along a parking strip. SENT: 275 words.



BOYDEN, Iowa — Most organizations, whether filled with volunteers or paid members, depend on fresh faces joining to bring new energy to sustain the group. By Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal. SENT: 680 words, photo.


KEOSAUQUA, Iowa — As the old cliche goes, timing is everything. By Will Smith, The Hawk Eye. SENT: 600 words, photo.


— HIT-AND-RUN FATAL-IOWA — Police in Des Moines are investigating after a 56-year-old bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

— CHILD DIES-ARRESTS — An Iowa mother convicted in the starvation death of her toddler has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

— NATIONAL BALLOON CLASSIC-IOWA — The skies over southern Iowa will be dotted with nearly 100 hot air balloons through early August.



NEWTON, Iowa — Christopher Bell will look for his third straight win on Saturday in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Race starts at 4:20 p.m. CT.


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