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Planned Parenthood has sued, but a federal appeals court ruled Aug. 21 that the state can proceed with plans to cut off funding for it as part of the Texas Women’s Health Program, and officials have promised to do so as soon as possible.


Officials want collision warning system on aircraft

The National Transportation Safety Board wants to see ground collision-warning systems on all large commercial airliners.

The board recommended Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration require large airplanes to be equipped with collision-avoidance tools, such as an onboard externally mounted camera system that would give the pilot a clear view of the plane’s wingtips. This comes after several mishaps at U.S. airports involving planes colliding with one another while taxiing.

One collision, in July 2011 at Boston’s Logan International Airport, sent a woman to the hospital with neck pain after the wing of a large moving passenger jet clipped the tail of a smaller aircraft in front of it. Both planes, a Delta flight and an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight, sustained damage.

No injuries were reported in the two other collisions being investigated by the safety board.

The recommendation covers bigger aircraft, such as the Boeing 747, 757, 767 and 777; the Airbus A380; and the McDonnell Douglas MD-10 and MD-11. The pilot cannot see the plane’s wingtips from the cockpit on these airplanes.

The anti-collision aids should be installed on newly manufactured planes and retrofitted on existing ones, the safety board said. The board did not assess the costs involved.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said in a statement that such a system can provide “real-time information on wingtip clearance” from other obstacles.

From wire dispatches and staff reports