BATON ROUGE, La. —Louisiana health officials suspended an abortion clinic's license Friday, the first time the state has used its new authority to shut down such a facility over health and safety concerns.
The Louisiana health department ordered the Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport to immediately cease performing the procedures, saying an investigation found the clinic failed to ensure that a physician performed and documented a physical exam on each woman before a procedure. The clinic also failed to follow several procedures involving anesthesia, including not properly monitoring vital signs, the agency said.
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal signed a law in June giving the health department the authority to shut down clinics.
Mother of dead man sues Arizona prison
PHOENIX — The mother of an Oklahoma man believed to have been killed by an Arizona prison escapee has filed a $10 million claim against Arizona and a wrongful-death lawsuit against the private company that operates the prison that housed the fugitive.
The Thursday claim, filed by Vivian Haas against the state, is the precursor to a lawsuit. The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed against Management & Training Corporation of Delaware on Wednesday. The company operates the private prison near Kingman where three fugitives escaped July 30.