Louisiana lawmakers pass ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill as legal battles rage in multiple states

Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The ongoing legal battles over abortion access are forging on in multiple states Wednesday.

The Louisiana House passed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws on Wednesday evening, limiting abortions performed on women once a fetal heartbeat is detected, with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, said in a statement after the bill was passed that he is preparing to sign the legislation.

But the bill will be put on hold, pending legal challenges to a similar bill in Mississippi.

Shortly after the bill was passed, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana responded by tweeting, “We’re committed to making sure this brazen attack on the constitutional right to abortion access never takes effect.”

Planned Parenthood called Louisiana’s bill “part of an alarming and widely-opposed national trend of bans criminalizing abortion before many women even know they’re pregnant, threatening women with investigation, and promising to throw doctors in prison for doing their jobs.”

Another one of the most-watched facets of the nationwide abortion debate is unfolding in Missouri, where a court hearing about the possible closure of the state’s sole abortion clinic was postponed until Thursday.

The delay was announced shortly after the state’s governor slammed the practices at that Planned Parenthood clinic.

Gov. Mike Parson detailed how the state’s department of health has reportedly issued warnings of “deficiencies of care” over the past two months.

Parson said the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) launched an investigation into alleged problems with the St. Louis clinic and said the renewal of the clinic’s license “centered around two key issues: Planned Parenthood not following the law and Planned Parenthood not protecting women’s health.”

Parsons listed three issues about the alleged incidents of concern, saying investigators found “significant medical evidence of at least three failed surgical abortions,” which he said included patients returning to Planned Parenthood after realizing they were still pregnant.

Another issue he raised was that “on numerous occasions” their doctors allegedly ignored the state law that requires the physician who signs a patient’s consent form be the same doctor who performs the abortion procedure 72 hours later.

He also said the physicians in the clinic were allegedly not following state laws relating to required pelvic exams of those seeking abortions. That procedure is a conflict point in and of itself, as abortion rights advocates see it as a medically unnecessary procedure.

Planned Parenthood released a statement from Dr. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, saying that Parson’s remarks “are simply not based on medicine, facts or reality.”

“He has made it clear that his goal is to ban abortion care in the state of Missouri, and today’s comments confirmed that this is exactly what this is all about,” Wen said in her statement.

“Planned Parenthood takes the health and safety of our patients seriously — and it is our top concern. We do everything to ensure our patients get the best medical care available. When we find anything that does not meet our high standards of care, we take swift action. Our health center meets the highest standard of care,” Wen said.

Parson said that five of the seven doctors at the clinic declined to participate in interviews by the health department investigators. Later, when pressed on what the interviews would cover, Parson said, “We want to know what took place… The important thing here is to find out the facts. What really is going on in there? What happened?”

He repeatedly said the license is still valid until Friday and they have until then to make sure that they comply with state laws.

Parson said that it would be “reckless” for the judge handling the lawsuit to allow Planned Parenthood’s clinic to remain open if the concerns raised by the health department are not addressed by the time their license expires.

If the license is not removed, the clinic would not be able to operate legally, therefore shutting down access to abortions in the state.

Outside of Missouri, abortion advocates and opponents are also closely watching for any moves in Louisiana, as the state’s Democratic governor is expected to break with his party and sign a so-called heartbeat bill into law, which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, meaning as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

When that happens, as it is expected to, Louisiana will become the sixth state to sign such a bill into law this year. Like every other similar law, it is expected to face immediate legal challenges. The Louisiana bill is linked to a “heartbeat” bill in Mississippi, which was ruled unconstitutional for going against Roe v. Wade by a federal court last week.

One of the other states that passed a so-called heartbeat law this year — Georgia — is facing more than just legal blowback.

The debate over the law in Georgia prompted early threats from filmmakers and unions who frequently shoot movies and television shows in the state because of its significant tax breaks.

Now, the state is facing the prospect of having those threats acted upon, as a Netflix official said they may “rethink” their prospects of filming in the state if the law were to go into effect.

“Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in the statement.

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Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa out 4-6 weeks with fractured rib

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(Photo by Jordan Murph / ESPN Images)(HOUSTON) — Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will miss four to six weeks with a fractured rib, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced on Wednesday.

Correa had been scratched from Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs due to soreness. Luhnow told reporters only that Correa was injured at home before that day’s game. In a statement released on Wednesday, Correa said the injury occurred “during a massage.”

Houston holds a 7.5 game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the American League West, despite having dealt with multiple injuries to key players in recent weeks. Second baseman José Altuve and outfielder George Springer have each been dealing with hamstring issues.

Bench players Aledmys Diaz and Max Stassi, and pitcher Collin McHugh are also on the injured list.

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Posted On 29 May 2019

‘The Chi’ showrunner says Lena Waithe and others were aware of Jason Mitchell’s alleged behavior

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L-R, Mitchell, Waithe – Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Following the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding The Chi star Jason Mitchell, season two showrunner Ayanna Floyd is speaking out about the what transpired on set.

“When I took the helm in season two, it was Lena who informed me of the issues between Jason Mitchell and Tiffany Boone from season one, and that Tiffany was thinking of leaving the show because of it,” Floyd said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “As a result of this information, I discussed Tiffany’s claims with the studio’s HR department and set up HR presentations for the writers, cast and crew.”

Floyd continued, “Ultimately, everyone was well aware of Jason’s behavior and his multiple HR cases, including Lena, the creator and an executive producer of the show, who is very involved at the studio and network level.”

Floyd also explained that after she leaned on HR to deal with Mitchell, she eventually “became a target of his rage and inappropriateness, and had to report him to HR, as well.”

However, in her statement to THR, Waithe didn’t address the allegations surrounding Mitchell, opting to only praise former The Chi star, Tiffany Boone. 

“I think Tiffany is a wonderful actress and an extremely brave woman. I wish her nothing but success in the future. I look forward to getting back to work on season three,” Waithe said.

However, Waithe told THR a year ago that she wanted to make “sure that women feel safe.  …[I]f you want to play that game and be disrespectful or misbehave on set with an actress or anyone, I’ll happily call Showtime and say, ‘This person has to go,’ and you will get shot up and it’ll be a wonderful finale.”

As previously reported, Mitchell has been accused of harassing multiple co-stars on The Chi, including Boone. The actor was subsequently terminated from the show as well as two upcoming projects he was set to star in. He was also dropped from his agency, UTA, and his management company, Authentic Talent & Literary Management.

Mitchell hasn’t yet publicly responded to the allegations.

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Posted On 29 May 2019

‘The Chi’ showrunner says Lena Waite and others were aware of Jason Mitchell’s alleged behavior

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L-R, Mitchell, Waithe – Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Following the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding The Chi star Jason Mitchell, season two showrunner Ayanna Floyd is speaking out about the what transpired on set.

“When I took the helm in season two, it was Lena who informed me of the issues between Jason Mitchell and Tiffany Boone from season one, and that Tiffany was thinking of leaving the show because of it,” Floyd said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “As a result of this information, I discussed Tiffany’s claims with the studio’s HR department and set up HR presentations for the writers, cast and crew.”

Floyd continued, “Ultimately, everyone was well aware of Jason’s behavior and his multiple HR cases, including Lena, the creator and an executive producer of the show, who is very involved at the studio and network level.”

Floyd also explained that after she leaned on HR to deal with Mitchell, she eventually “became a target of his rage and inappropriateness, and had to report him to HR, as well.”

However, in her statement to THR, Waithe didn’t address the allegations surrounding Mitchell, opting to only praise former The Chi star, Tiffany Boone. 

“I think Tiffany is a wonderful actress and an extremely brave woman. I wish her nothing but success in the future. I look forward to getting back to work on season three,” Waithe said.

However, Waithe told THR a year ago that she wanted to make “sure that women feel safe.  …[I]f you want to play that game and be disrespectful or misbehave on set with an actress or anyone, I’ll happily call Showtime and say, ‘This person has to go,’ and you will get shot up and it’ll be a wonderful finale.”

As previously reported, Mitchell has been accused of harassing multiple co-stars on The Chi, including Boone. The actor was subsequently terminated from the show as well as two upcoming projects he was set to star in. He was also dropped from his agency, UTA, and his management company, Authentic Talent & Literary Management.

Mitchell hasn’t yet publicly responded to the allegations.

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Posted On 29 May 2019

Tips on how to stay safe from a tornado after hundreds reported over past 12 days

NWS(NEW YORK) — Thousands of residents across the U.S. have been in the path of tornadoes that have ripped through 22 states.

A whopping 352 tornadoes have been reported from California to New Jersey in the past 12 days, killing at least one person in Ohio, according to the National Weather Service. May has been the most active month for tornadoes since April 2011, which had more than 800 reported tornadoes.

Even more severe weather is expected Wednesday from Texas to New York, which is expected to include tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail.

It’s important to be prepared and act quickly in the event of a tornado. Here are some tips on how to stay safe when a twister occurs:

Heed the weather alerts

Tornadoes can strike with little to no warning and can change direction at any moment.

A tornado watch indicates that weather conditions in the area can allow a twister to form, while a tornado warning means that a tornado was sighted in the area and could be headed toward you. Local radio and television stations will provide updates, and the National Weather Service radio station gives 24/7 updates on weather conditions.

Look up at the sky

A dark, often green sky can be a tell on weather a tornado is coming, according to FEMA.

In addition, large hail and large, dark and low-lying clouds are also signs that a tornado is imminent, as well as strong winds with roars that sound similar to a freight train.

Find shelter during a tornado

Seek refuge in a small, interior room without windows on the lowest level of a home if a safe room is not available, according to FEMA.

Take additional cover by shielding your head, neck and arms, and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around you.

Do not try to outrun a tornado. If you’re in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, head to the lowest ground possible, such as a ditch or land depression, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, if available.

Also stay on the lookout for flying debris.

After the tornado is over

If you are trapped under debris, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask if possible to avoid breathing in dust. Try to send a text for help, but instead of yelling, bang on a pipe or wall or use a whistle, according to FEMA.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends checking yourself and your family for injuries and seeking medical attention immediately, if necessary.

During cleanup after a tornado, wear thick-soled shoes, long pants and work gloves. Stay away from downed power lines and be careful when walking around or through any damaged structures that may be unstable.

In addition, save phone calls for emergencies, as phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster.

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Abortion rights battle rages on in Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia

Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The ongoing legal battles over abortion access are forging on in multiple states Wednesday.

One of the most telling moments could come in Missouri, where a hearing is going to be held over the possible closure of the state’s lone abortion clinic.

Abortion advocates and opponents are also closely watching for any moves in Louisiana, as the state’s Democratic governor is expected to break with his party and sign a so-called heartbeat bill into law, which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, meaning as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

When that happens, as it is expected, Louisiana will become the sixth state to sign such a bill into law this year. Like every other similar law, it is expected to face immediate legal challenges. The Louisiana bill is linked to a “heartbeat” bill in Mississippi, which was ruled unconstitutional for going against Roe v. Wade by a federal court last week.

One of the other states that passed a so-called heartbeat law this year — Georgia — is facing more than just legal blowback.

The debate over the law in Georgia prompted early threats from filmmakers and unions who frequently shoot movies and television shows in the state because of its significant tax breaks.

The biggest drama to specifically unfold Wednesday, however, will happen in a Missouri courtroom.

A hearing will be held after the state’s Department of Health and Senior Services decided not to renew the clinic’s license, which could go into effect on Friday.

If that happens, the clinic would not be able to operate legally, therefore shutting down access to abortions in the state.

Planned Parenthood, which operates the clinic, filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking for a court-ordered restraining order that would allow for the clinic to remain operational.

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Alex Trebek shares a ‘mind-boggling’ cancer update

Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Alex Trebek appears to be winning his cancer battle.

Almost three months after the “Jeopardy!” host announced that he’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he has revealed in a new interview that he is “near remission.”

Speaking with People magazine, Trebek said that some of the tumors have “shrunk by almost 50 [percent]” and noted that even his doctors have expressed surprise at how well he’s doing.
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“It’s kind of mind-boggling,” Trebek told People. “The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory.”

Trebek, 78, went public with his diagnosis in March, vowing in a video to “fight” the disease.

About 56,770 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year, and about 45,750 will die from it, According to the American Cancer Society. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is about 9 percent, the organization reported.

The game show host told People that he is still in the midst of his chemotherapy treatments, but cried “tears of joy” when he found out how well he’s been responding to treatment. He also credited his fans for their “good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers” for helping him through such a tough time.

“I told the doctors, ‘This has to be more than just the chemo,’ and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot pf prayer, and I will never ever minimize the value of that.”

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