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Arkansas Senate Passes Anti-Abortion Law
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Arkansas Senate has voted to ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, a move that would prohibit the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
By a 26-8 vote, the Senate approved legislation that would require a test to detect a fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed. If one is detected, a woman could not have an abortion, except in cases of rape, incest and if a mother's life is in danger.
Similar legislation is also being considered in North Dakota and Mississippi.
The measure now heads to the House. Opponents have warned that they believe the measure is unconstitutional and have vowed to sue the state if it becomes law.
If passed in the house, it may not be approved by the governor.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe says he's undecided on whether he will sign the measure, and he has to be careful when making decisions that could cost Arkansas taxpayers money.
"We gotta talk to a whole lot of legal folks to see what's legal, what complies with federal law, and what doesn't," Beebe said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Posted: Thursday, January 31 2013, 05:56 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. Senator says tornado aid should be paid for
May 21, 2013 14:50 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says that any additional federal aid to help tornado victims and to rebuild devastated areas of his state should be financed with cuts to other programs in the government's $3.6 trillion budget.
Spokesman John Hart says it's a position Coburn has consistently held regarding federal spending on disasters dating to the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.
But federal disaster aid such as $60 billion passed earlier this year to rebuild coastal states including New York and New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy typically is approved as "emergency" spending that is simply added to the budget deficit. That may happen again if more aid is need for Oklahoma.
Federal disaster aid coffers remain flush from the infusion of Sandy aid.
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Asia stocks fall
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets fell today as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve to telegraph what it plans to do next with its economic stimulus program.
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IN THE NEWS: iPHONE RECOVERED AFTER THEFT IN OREGON
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A smartphone, plus a not-so-smart criminal -- equals an arrest in Oregon.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.