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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IOWA CITY — The Mexican national charged with abducting and killing an Iowa college student was known for years by another name on the dairy farm where he worked: John Budd. The name under which Cristhian Bahena Rivera was hired and paid for the last four years was confirmed by three people with knowledge of his employment history, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is the subject of an ongoing investigation. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 800 words, photos.



DES MOINES — A lawyer who has billed Iowa taxpayers nearly $1 million to fight a long-running discrimination lawsuit over former Gov. Terry Branstad's treatment of a gay former state official has withdrawn from the case, court documents filed Wednesday show. By David Pitt. SENT: 585 words, photo.



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.


BISMARCK, N.D. — Greenpeace, the lone remaining environmental group facing a racketeering lawsuit filed by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, is asking a judge to be dismissed from the case. Meanwhile, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners wants the judge to reconsider his order that the company identify 20 unnamed individual defendants. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2 p.m.

RURAL HOMELESS SHELTER — A former church northeast of Fort Dodge is transforming into a homeless shelter for women and children who need help. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 275 words.


GOVERNOR-DEBATES — The candidates for Iowa governor apparently agreed to debate but are struggling with the details.

IOWA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE-CANCER — Iowa Supreme Court Justice Daryl Hecht says he will resume hearing cases and participating in decisions as he continues treatment for skin cancer.

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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