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BC-IA--Iowa News Digest 6 pm, IA

February 7, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-ABORTION STATES

President Donald Trump’s call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court. By David Crary. SENT: 790 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

BOY TORTURED-COUPLE CHARGED _ A 9-year-old boy clutched a stuffed animal as he told a judge that his father’s girlfriend often withheld food and helped lock him under a staircase in the basement at their Iowa home. SENT: 340 words, photos.

CHRISTIAN GROUP-UNIVERSITY LAWSUIT _ A federal judge has ruled that the University of Iowa was wrong to strip a Christian student group of its registered status after the organization barred a gay student from a leadership position. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

HOUSE EXPLOSION-IOWA _ The Poweshiek County farmer has been injured in a suspected gas explosion that leveled his home.

XGR-CELLPHONE-DRIVING BAN _ A bill to ban the use of cellphones while driving has advanced out of an Iowa Senate subcommittee.

SMART METERS _ An Iowa regulatory board won’t let Alliant Energy charge customers who decline to have smart meters used to track how much electricity they use.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH-HUNTER _ The first-degree murder trial has begun for a man accused of killing a hunter in south-central Iowa.

XGR--IOWA SPORTS BETTING _ The Iowa Legislature is moving forward a series of bills that would legalize sports betting.

CITY HALL FIRE _ A fire has heavily damaged a city hall in southeast Iowa.

DETECTIVE CHARGED-BAR ASSAULT _ A Polk County sheriff’s detective convicted of punching an Ankeny firefighter in a bar fracas has left the sheriff’s force.

LOTTERY SCHEME _ A Fort Dodge man has been accused of scheming to defraud the Iowa Lottery.

SPORTS:

BKC--BIG 12-THIS WEEK

League-leading Kansas State travels to Baylor to highlight this weekend’s Big 12 action. The Wildcats vaulted into first place in the league with a 74-67 win over Kansas in Manhattan. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BKC--T25-IOWA-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _After snapping a seven-game losing streak last weekend, the Indiana Hoosiers return home Thursday seeking a second consecutive upset of a ranked foe when No. 20 Iowa comes to town. The Hawkeyes ended a two-game skid by beating Michigan on Friday but haven’t won in Bloomington since 2015. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 8 p.m.

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