- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

Good morning! 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 also can 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING TODAY:

MASON CITY STABBING - A judge says a Mason City man is not guilty by reason of insanity for the fatal stabbing of his father. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 275 words. Seeking photos from Globe Gazette.

IOWA HEALTH CARE - Iowa’s largest health insurer says efforts encouraged by the federal Affordable Care Act are resulting in savings, as hospitals and clinics focus on keeping patients well rather than simply treating them when they’re sick. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon.

IN BRIEF:

BURLINGTON MAN KILLED - Burlington police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a bicyclist who was riding through a residential area.

MUSIC MAN-CONCERT VERSION - A new version of the classic Broadway musical “The Music Man” will premiere in the Iowa hometown of the show’s creator.

IOWA STATE-CROWD DISTURBANCE - Officials say the president of Iowa State University will announce his decision Thursday on the violence-marred Veishea festival.

DES MOINES-POLICE CHASE - Des Moines authorities say a man wanted for violating sex offender registry rules led deputies on a chase and rammed an officer’s car.

IOWA REGENTS-CONSULTANT - The Iowa Board of Regents has a suggestion for its own cost-cutting consultant: start providing receipts to justify employee expenses.

SPORTS

IOWA ST-WIDE RECEIVERS

AMES - Those who think Mark Mangino can fix Iowa State’s offense point to the program’s wide receivers as a major reason for their optimism. The Cyclones certainly look like they’ve got a lot of guys to throw the ball to. Iowa State’s receiving corps could be as deep as it’s been in years this season. Led by junior Quenton Bundrage, the Cyclones should have multiple options for whoever wins the starting quarterback job. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 550 words by 5 p.m.

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