Minnesota governor signs bill protecting "fundamental right" to abortion

Minnesota Democratic Gov. Tim Walz signed legislation on Tuesday that codifies a "fundamental right" to abortion access and reproductive care in the state, solidifying abortion protections into law over the objections of Republican lawmakers.The Protect Reproductive Options Act, or PRO Act, narrowly passed the Minnesota Senate on Saturday. Lawmakers debated the act for more than 14 hours, as Republicans attempted to add in amendments that were ultimately all rejected. The House passed the bill earlier this month. Walz and other Democrats had said the legislation was one of the top priorities for this legislative session. While abortion rights are already protected in Minnesota...

Oaklawn’s Elkhart campus closed Tuesday due to ‘safety issues’

A new LaPorte County team of police officers is out on patrol and better equipped to help people who are dealing with mental health problems or trauma. Mayor Marcus Muhammad showed off the city’s work at a recent summit hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C. 3...

Indiana justices won’t hear 2nd abortion case for now

3 arrested after marijuana growing operation found inside Starke County home. During a search of the home, officials found 46 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, along with other narcotic drugs and drug paraphernalia. Oaklawn’s Elkhart campus closed Tuesday due to ‘safety issues’. Updated: 5 minutes ago.

Vermont lawmakers look to further protect abortion patients and providers

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Abortion policies are in the hands of the states following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade. Now, Vermont lawmakers are looking to provide legal protections for people who seek and perform abortions and gender-affirming care. Reproductive health care is once again on the...

Ex-Missouri judge suspended for threats during campaign

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A member of a powerful Missouri commission that deals with abortion rules and other regulatory disputes has had his law license suspended for making threats against a political opponent while serving as a judge. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled unanimously to suspend Administrative Hearing Commissioner Philip Prewitt indefinitely. He can apply to be reinstated in two years. The Supreme Court found that the Republican threatened a Democratic challenger in hopes of dissuading her from running against him for Macon County associate circuit judge. Prewitt told the Supreme Court he didn’t do anything wrong.