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Des Moines students plan to rebuild mural after it was accidentally painted over

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines student mural project has been rescued by a fundraising campaign and city efforts to make things right.

Officials blamed miscommunication for the loss of the mural on a flood wall outside the school district's Central Campus on Monday. An anti-graffiti team used beige paint to cover the colorful, 200-foot-long artwork, which had taken students nearly 100 hours to create.

An Internet fundraising campaign that began Tuesday exceeded its $4,000 goal by Wednesday afternoon. City officials have agreed to streamline approval for a new mural.