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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

FORT DODGE MURAL — Officials in central Iowa are moving forward with a large mural that will transform gray grain silos into scenes featuring local people. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 275 words.

IN BRIEF:

BURLINGTON HOMICIDE — A Burlington man who used a claw hammer to beat another man to death has been given 50 years in prison.

GRAIN ELEVATOR EXPLOSION — Residents can return to their homes near a northeast Nebraska grain elevator that was heavily damaged by an explosion. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

TRAFFIC TICKET PROGRAM — The City Council has given its final approval for a traffic ticket program in Waterloo.

NO DRINKING WATER — People in four Iowa cities have been told they can once again safely drink water from their taps.

BIRDS SEIZED-CHARGE — An Iowa City man accused of neglecting more than 200 birds on his rural Solon property has been given a year of probation and fined $315.

SEVERE WEATHER-NEBRASKA-IOWA — Thunderstorms that blasted through eastern Nebraska into Iowa toppled trees, overturned semitrailers, knocked out power to hundreds of homes and businesses and spawned short-lived tornadoes.

SPORTS:

FBC--IOWA-FANT

IOWA CITY — Noah Fant went largely unnoticed a year ago, even though the burly tight end caught 11 TD passes. That won't be the case in 2018. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 550 words by 6 p.m.

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