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:

ABORTION-IOWA

DES MOINES — Abortion-rights groups said Tuesday that they had filed a lawsuit challenging the nation's most restrictive abortion law, an Iowa provision that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, around the sixth week of pregnancy. By Barbara Rodriguez. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

STATE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

IOWA GOVERNOR'S DAD-APPOINTMENT

DAVENPORT — Gov. Kim Reynolds is defending her decision to appoint her 78-year-old father to a panel that helps select judges in central Iowa. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

JAIL ESCAPE-IOWA-LAWSUIT — The ex-wife of an Iowa deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty last year has filed a lawsuit against his widow and the county, claiming donations made for his children were never given to them. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 325 words.

IN BRIEF:

GRASSLEY-ETHANOL-PRUITT — Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, a leading supporter of corn-based ethanol, says he'll call for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation if Pruitt doesn't work to fulfill federal ethanol mandates.

DAVENPORT HOMICIDE — A judge says a Davenport woman accused of killing her husband isn't competent to stand trial, so he ordered that the case be dismissed.

CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER-SCHOOL VOLUNTEER — A superintendent who let a convicted sex offender volunteer at an eastern Iowa school district has been given another year on the job.

PAY FREEZE-UNIVERSITY OF IOWA — The University of Iowa has frozen pay increases for teachers and other staff members until January.

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