- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

IOWA TREASURER-AD

IOWA CITY - Some television stations say they will not run a College Savings Iowa ad featuring Iowa Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald because it could be considered political. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 650 words, photo.

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PATROL SERGEANT-FIRING

IOWA CITY - The Iowa Department of Public Safety has rescinded the firing of a veteran state patrol supervisor, agreeing to reinstate him to a different job for one year to end an expensive disciplinary case. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 600 words.

RNC-MEETING

CHICAGO - Republicans are ready to adopt sweeping party rule changes aimed at making the work of picking a candidate for president more efficient and less prone to infighting. Not a moment too soon. As members of the Republican National Committee meet this week in Chicago, several White House hopefuls are spending a few days in the Iowa - a full year and a half ahead of the state’s leadoff caucuses. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 630 words, photos.

CONSUMER SPENDING-IOWA

DES MOINES - New federal data shows that consumer spending in Iowa has grown slightly faster than the national average since the end of the recession. SENT: 200 words.

MASON CITY STABBING - A Mason City man was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the fatal stabbing of his 73-year-old father last year. SENT: 275 words.

IOWA HEALTH CARE - Iowa’s leading health insurer said it has saved about $12 million by keeping patients well instead of treating them when they are sick. SENT: 275 words.

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