- - Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Vilsack still plans Sherrod meeting

URBANDALE — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he’s sure he’ll meet with ousted employee Shirley Sherrod but that they’re still arranging a time to get together.

Speaking Wednesday at an event in suburban Des Moines, Mr. Vilsack said he had talked with Ms. Sherrod “a number of times.”

The Agriculture Department asked Ms. Sherrod to resign last month after seeing an edited video of a speech in which she seemed to say she had treated a white farmer unfairly because of his race. That video was posted by a conservative blogger.

After seeing the full video, where it was clear that Ms. Sherrod had helped the farmer, Mr. Vilsack apologized and offered to rehire her.


Attorney general won’t defend abortion law

OMAHA — Nebraska’s attorney general will not defend in court a new state law requiring health screenings for women seeking abortions, effectively preventing the law from going into effect, according to his spokeswoman and court documents filed Wednesday.

Attorney General Jon Bruning agreed to a permanent federal injunction against enforcement of the law, which faces a challenge from Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said spokeswoman Shannon Kingery.

“We will not squander the state’s resources on a case that has very little probability of winning,” she said.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed a lawsuit last month in U.S. District Court in Nebraska over the law approved in the spring by state lawmakers. The group said compliance would be difficult and that the measure could require doctors to give women irrelevant information.

The law would require women seeking abortions to be screened by doctors or other health care professionals to determine whether they had risk factors for mental or physical problems after an abortion.


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