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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:01 am

Blocking of strip club being appealed

ANGOLA – The owners of a proposed strip club blocked by officials in a northeastern Indiana city are taking their case to a federal appeals court after a judge sided with the city.

Owners Alva and Sandra Butler say in court documents that they're appealing the ruling by a federal judge in Fort Wayne upholding an Angola rezoning decision that placed the proposed club in an area where such businesses are prohibited and an ordinance that tightened restrictions on adult businesses after the Butlers applied.

The Butlers contend the city changed its rules to block their new club.

Angola city attorney Cathleen Shrader didn't have an immediate comment on the appeal.

Ind. Senate backs abortion phone line requirement

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to increase regulation of Indiana's abortion clinics has Indiana Senate approval after a committee gutted contested provisions that would have required all clinics to meet current building code standards and undergo annual inspections.

The Senate voted 34-14 Tuesday in favor of the bill that would require abortion providers to establish a 24-hour-a-day phone line for patients to call in case of questions or complications.

The proposal also requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital or to have a written agreement with another physician with those privileges. They must give patients the hospital contact information before the procedure.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

–News-Sentinel staff, wire reports