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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids fire officials say a blaze at a local bar was caused by spontaneous combustion of rags and towels containing animal fat. The fire this morning at the Chrome Horse Saloon and Slop House damaged the first and second floors of the four-story building.

TRIPOLI, Iowa (AP) - Officials in the northeast Iowa city of Tripoli have rejected a request to allow backyard chickens in the community. Resident Paul DeGroote had gathered signatures in support of the change after realizing his four chickens were in violation of Tripoli's livestock ban. Some City Council members thought chickens would be noisy and hurt property values.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - An attorney for an Iowa man charged with killing his pregnant wife has asked jurors to consider sobbing 911 calls he made as proof that he's not guilty. The defense played calls today in which Seth Techel is heard saying frantically that his wife has been shot and requesting an ambulance.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - Former Newton Daily News editor Bob Eschliman has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs. If the agency agrees with him it could order the newspaper's parent company, Shaw Media, to pay damages including back pay. The editor was fired after writing a personal blog about gay organizations.

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