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:

AMERICAN LEGION-WILKIE

MINNEAPOLIS — The new secretary of veterans affairs pledged to the American Legion on Wednesday that he won't privatize his agency's health care services even as it increases options for veterans to seek care in the private sector. By Steve Karnowski. SENT: 590 words. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

AROUND THE STATE:

ARTIST APARTMENTS — A former school in West Des Moines will be reopening as a 17-unit apartment building primarily for local artists. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words. Photos requested from The Des Moines Register.

IN BRIEF:

PIPELINE PROTESTS-SENTENCES — The first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have lost their appeals to the state's Supreme Court. Eds: Note Iowa interest.

NORTHERN IOWA SLAYING — A 60-year-old man has been accused of killing a man who died at a northern Iowa home.

BANKER PLEADS GUILTY — An eastern Iowa banker has pleaded guilty to hampering a bank examination.

SEVERE WEATHER-IOWA — Powerful winds from thunderstorms have knocked down trees and power lines and damaged buildings in eastern Iowa.

HIT-AND-RUN FATAL-IOWA — A man being sought in a fatal Des Moines hit-and-run crash has been found.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-BIG TEN THIS WEEK

Here's what to watch in the Big Ten this week. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 625 words, photos.

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