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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TOP STORIES:

PANHANDLING ORDINANCES

DES MOINES — A civil liberties organization and an advocacy group for the homeless said Tuesday they are taking on Iowa city ordinances that restrict the ability of homeless people to ask for money in public areas, saying the local laws are unconstitutional. By David Pitt. SENT: 500 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

IMPROPER PAY

WOODWARD — A central Iowa school district business manager cut unauthorized checks to herself for nearly $217,000 over the course of about five years, state auditors wrote in a report forwarded to prosecutors. SENT: 260 words.

OIL PIPELINE-ETP LAWSUIT

BISMARCK, N.D. — Twenty environmental and civil liberties groups are launching a task force aimed at fighting back against lawsuits they believe are aimed at limiting free speech and silencing critics. Among them are Greenpeace and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which have been fighting a racketeering lawsuit filed by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. By Blake Nicholson. Eds: Story on merits from early afternoon announcement.

NEW FAIRGROUNDS — A northeastern Iowa community may lose the opportunity to build new fairgrounds and ball diamonds if it doesn't raise $1 million by the end of the year. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

OBIT-DALE COCHRAN — Family members say former Speaker of the Iowa House and former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Dale Cochran has died.

HOUSE MENAGERIE — An eastern Iowa couple who kept hundreds of animals in and outside their home have been given two years of probation for child endangerment.

MISSING STUDENT-IOWA — Administrators say most of a roughly $400,000 reward fund aimed at gathering information about a missing Iowa student will be returned to donors now that she's been found dead.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH-BELLEVUE — A trial has been scheduled in February for a Dubuque man accused of killing a Bellevue man.

FATAL STABBING-MASON CITY — A northern Iowa jury has found a man accused of murder guilty of a lesser offense: voluntary manslaughter.

IOWA SENATOR-DIVORCE — A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst says the Iowa Republican is getting divorced. Eds: Note photo.

BABY DEATH-CHARGES — An Ankeny mother whose baby died after becoming wedged between a mattress and a wall has been given two years of probation.

SPORTS:

FBC--IOWA ST-CAMPBELL

AMES — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell discusses the Cyclones' season opener against South Dakota State. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

FBC--IOWA-NEWCOMERS

IOWA CITY — Iowa will attempt to give coach Kirk Ferentz his 144th win with a host of new starters this weekend. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.

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