Indiana had sought to prevent Medicaid enrollees from accessing health care at clinics operated by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky because the organization provides abortions.
Planned Parenthood, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, had argued that a 2011 Indiana law targeting the organization should be blocked because it probably conflicted with a federal Medicaid statute that protects patients’ rights to make their own decisions about health care providers.
“I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Republican Indiana state senate candidate RICHARD MOURDOCK, during a televised debate on Tuesday.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney endorsed Mourdock’s run for office in a television ad; a Romney spokesperson says Mourdock’s remarks “do not reflect his views.”
The company you keep, right, Mitt?
(via USA Today)
DEAD CALM Snow covered a damaged house in Marysville, Ind., Monday. Tornadoes ripped through several states in the Midwest and South Friday, killing at least 39 people, including a 15-month-old baby girl who was found in a field but later died in a hospital. (Photo: Nam Y. Huh / AP via the Wall Street Journal)
Residents carry boxes of belongings from their damaged home in Henryville, Indiana, a town laid waste by a tornado. (Photo: Michael Conroy / AP via the Guardian)
“Marysville is completely gone.”
Clark County Sheriff Major CHUCK ADAMS, referring to the southern Indiana town, population 1,900.
(via the Indianapolis Star)
Front page, the Indianapolis Star, Saturday 3 March 2012.
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The town of Henrysville, Indiana, raked by a tornado on March 2. (Photo: Michael Clevenger / The Courier-Journal via The Indianapolis Star)
Oh my God.
From the New York Times:
Several tornadoes, spawned by powerful storms that steamrolled across multiple states in the South and Midwest on Friday, caused critical injuries and widespread damage from Alabama to south-central Indiana. Preliminary reports from law enforcement officials said that much of the town of Marysville, Ind. was destroyed and a high school in nearby Henryville was leveled.
At least five people were killed in Indiana, according to the NBC television affiliate, WAVE 3 in Louisville, Ky., about 20 miles south of Henryville, quoting Indiana state and county officials.
Starting in the area of Huntsville, Ala. in late morning, local news organizations reported a powerful line of storms that sent at least a half-dozen people to the hospital, ripped off the roof of a state prison and leveled homes before moving northeast into Tennessee, where the suburbs of the Chattanooga area were particularly hard hit.
But by mid-afternoon, an unusually large tornado churning through south-central Indiana in the areas of Henryville, Borden and Marysville, caused deep concern about the potential for devastation and serious injuries in the aftermath. There were reports of extreme damage at Henryville High School, about 20 miles northwest of Louisville. And a local television station reported that the town of Marysville was leveled and multiple fatalities are expected.
…As of 4:50 p.m. ET, the National Weather Service said it had 22 active tornado warnings affecting 47 counties, including five less urgent tornado watches that spanned 12 states.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the affected area. Please stay safe.
STILLED State police officers were on the scene of the collapsed rigging and stage at the Indiana State Fair grandstand to begin their investigation after Saturday night’s fatal accident. (Photo: Matt Kryger / The Indianapolis Star)
Front page, The Indianapolis Star, Monday 15 August 2011.
(via the Newseum)
Andy Klotz, a spokesman for the fair, described the sequence of events this way: At 8:39 p.m., the Weather Service upgraded the storm threat in Marion County, where Indianapolis is, to a severe thunderstorm warning from a watch; at 8:45 p.m., a local radio host who was making announcements on stage told the audience that an arriving storm might delay the show and named three shelters; and, at 8:49 p.m., as Ms. Hoye and a State Police official were approaching the stage to call for a formal evacuation for a storm that they believed was at least 25 minutes away, the rigging collapsed.
“Could we have stopped the show? Yes,” Mr. Klotz said. “But you don’t want to overreact. And you don’t want to underreact.”
The fair, which runs until Sunday, reopened on Monday after being closed for a day after the accident. The mood here — usually one of summer cheer and carefree eating — was subdued. Some events were canceled; others meant to take place on the large stage were moved. People stood along yellow police tape staring at the cordoned-off stage, which remained as it had landed on Saturday night, a frightening crush of metal.
On a different, smaller stage on the other side of the fair, the day began with a somber memorial. A bouquet of flowers was carried on stage for each of the five who were killed, which included a teacher, a programming manager, a mother, a father and a stagehand.
“We come today with hearts that are broken but also hearts that are full,” Gov. Mitch Daniels told the silent crowd as helicopters circled overhead.
In so much horror, Mr. Daniels said, many in the crowd had instantly and instinctively turned back to try to save others. “There was a hero every 10 feet on Saturday night.””
– The New York Times, “Indiana State Fair Officials Defend Moves Before Deadly Storms Struck”