Tim Pearce – May 27, 2018
Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency Saturday ahead of landfall by Tropical Storm Alberto, Reuters reported.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared his own state in emergency earlier Saturday because of the storm gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico.
“There is still uncertainty of where landfall will occur, which will likely be late Monday or early Tuesday morning,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian E. Hastings said in a statement Saturday. “Regardless of the final track and intensity of Alberto, we know it will produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding in several counties, and the time to prepare is now.”
Randy DeSoto – April 9, 2018
A Mississippi OB-GYB recently stated that he sees it as his Christian “calling” to provide abortions.
Dr. Willie Parker — who practices at the state’s only abortion facility, located in Jackson — wrote an Op-Ed for Glamour magazine attacking Mississippi’s Gestation Age Act.
The legislation, signed by Gov. Phil Bryant last month, bans abortions after 15 weeks (i.e. four months into the pregnancy). The law notes that the unborn baby’s vital organs begin to function at 10 weeks, and by week 12, he or she has taken human form in all relevant aspects.
Parker wrote in his Op-Ed, “As an ob-gyn and a Christian, I see it as my calling to help women in making the decisions that are right for their health, their lives, and their families. I believe it’s my duty to meet their needs without judgment. Not only do restrictive laws make it harder for me to do my job — this radical abortion ban is an assault on women across the South.”
Grace Carr – March 20, 2018
A federal judge on Tuesday halted a Mississippi law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks in pregnancy, less than a day after its governor signed the measure into law.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves granted a temporary restraining order following a lawsuit filed immediately after Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the measure into law Monday — meaning the law is ineffective, according to ABC News. Jackson Women’s Health Organization owner Diane Derzis, who runs the only remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi, filed the suit.
The restraining order comes after Mississippi became the first state to pass such a restrictive abortion law. Bryant signed House Bill 1510, which bans women from having abortions after 15 weeks gestation unless the unborn baby is not expected to live outside the womb or if continuing the pregnancy jeopardizes the woman’s life.
Charisma News – March 19, 2018
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed the nation’s tightest abortion restrictions into law, the Associated Press has reported.
Bryant signed House Bill 1510, which goes into effect immediately, Monday afternoon, and bans abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation. The AP reported that Bryant has frequently said he wants Mississippi to be the “safest place in America for an unborn child.”
Abortion rights advocates have called the law unconstitutional because it limits abortion before fetuses can live outside the womb. The owner of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic opposes the law and has pledged to sue the state, the AP reported.
Melanie Arter – March 9, 2018
(CNSNews.com) – The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that bans abortion at 15 weeks, making it the most restrictive abortion ban in the country.
The bill has exceptions for the health and life of the mother and fatal fetal anomalies.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he plans to sign the bill into law.
“As I have repeatedly said, I want Mississippi to be the safest place in America for an unborn child,” Bryant tweeted. “House Bill 1510 will help us achieve that goal.”
The bill noted that unborn babies begin to move in the womb at around eight weeks gestation and at nine weeks, “all basic physiological functions are present” as well as teeth, eyes, and external genitalia. It also noted that unborn babies’ vital organs begin functioning at 10 weeks gestation and that hair, fingernails, and toenails begin to form. At 11 weeks gestation, an unborn baby’s diaphragm develops, and the baby may even hiccup. The baby is also moving freely in the womb.
Mark Martin – January 9, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case involving a Mississippi law that allows government and private business workers to say their religious beliefs won’t permit them to offer services to LGBT people.
That decision leaves intact a federal appeals court ruling that permitted the law to go into effect. A three-judge panel determined the challengers of the law did not prove they would be harmed by the measure.
In June of last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit lifted an injunction that was preventing the enforcement of the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act (HB 1523).
“Good laws like Mississippi’s protect freedom and harm no one,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot in a statement. “The 5th Circuit was right to find that those opposing this law haven’t been harmed and, therefore, can’t try to take it down.”
Seed Daily – February 22, 2017
The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country’s most important farmlands – from California’s Central Valley to the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley.
If wild bee declines continue, it could hurt U.S. crop production and farmers’ costs, said Taylor Ricketts, a conservation ecologist at the University of Vermont, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting panel, Plan Bee: Pollinators, Food Production and U.S. Policy on Feb. 19.
“This study provides the first national picture of wild bees and their impacts on pollination,” said Ricketts, Director of UVM’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, noting that each year $3 billion of the U.S. economy depends on pollination from native pollinators like wild bees.
At AAAS, Ricketts briefed scholars, policy makers, and journalists on how the national bee map, first published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in late 2015, can help to protect wild bees and pinpoint habitat restoration efforts.
Strange Sounds – January 26, 2017
Following last weekend’s severe weather outbreak, January 2017 is already the deadliest for tornadoes in any January since 1969.
The number of tornado-related deaths in those two days also exceeds what was seen in all of 2016.
A preliminary 19 people were killed by tornadoes Saturday and Sunday – 15 in south Georgia and four in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
No other January has had more tornado deaths since 1969, when 32 were killed. More recently, 18 fatalities were caused by tornadoes in January 1999, which 2017 now exceeded.
There was an additional storm death near Lake City, Florida, on Sunday, which is currently not blamed on a tornado, but rather strong thunderstorm winds downing a tree on a house.
In just two days this month, the death toll from tornadoes in 2017 topped what was seen all of last year.
Eric Chaney and Sean Breslin – August, 12 2016
Torrential rains have hit both Louisiana and southern Mississippi, flooding homes, forcing evacuations and water rescues, and sending area rivers rising quickly toward historic crests.
More than 17 inches of rain have fallen in Livingston, Louisiana, according to observations relayed to the National Weather Service, and Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the entire state. Edwards is heading back to Louisiana, cutting short a trip to Colorado for a meeting of the Democratic Governors Association, according to the Associated Press.
The heavy rain will continue over Louisiana and Mississippi through at least Saturday morning, said weather.com meteorologist Tom Moore.