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