Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve King is defending his call for a ban on all abortions by questioning whether there would be “any population of the world left” if not for births due to rape and incest. Speaking Wednesday before a conservative group in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, the Iowa congressman reviewed legislation he has sought that would outlaw abortions without exceptions for rape and incest. The Republican added, “It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother.”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has blocked Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from joining 21 other states and six large cities in a legal challenge to a Trump administration policy that eases restrictions on coal-fired power plants. Miller sought approval from Reynolds in July but Reynolds, a Republican and Trump supporter, refused to consent.

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa prison officials say an inmate has died after a chronic illness. The Iowa Department of Corrections says in a news release that 54-year-old David Gene Lewis Jr. died Tuesday afternoon in a hospice room of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, where he had been housed due to the unnamed illness.

FRUITLAND, Iowa (AP) — Officials in eastern Iowa say two people have died in a house fire. Television station KWQC reports the fire broke out Wednesday morning in a home in Fruitland, which is about 7 miles southwest of Muscatine. Arriving firefighters found flames coming from the north side of the home. Officials say two people died in the fire. The victims’ identities had not been released by Wednesday evening.

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