Planned Parenthood Takes Alabama to Court, FBI Looking for Selma Fugitive

Sep 22, 2015

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Planned Parenthood is taking the state of Alabama to court after Governor Robert Bentley halted Medicaid payments to the organization's clinics in Alabama.

A federal judge will hold a hearing later this morning on Planned Parenthood Southeast's request for a preliminary injunction. Last month, Governor Bentley announced that he planned to terminate agreements allowing Planned Parenthood to be paid for providing services to Medicaid patients.

Bentley's action came in the wake of undercover videos shot by abortion opponents accusing the organization of selling fetal organs after abortions. Planned Parenthood denies the accusations and says the videos are misleading.

Planned Parenthood says Medicaid patients have a right to choose their health care provider. A 21-year-old woman who has received contraceptive shots from Planned Parenthood recently joined the lawsuit against the state.

The FBI wants your help in catching the alleged killer of a Selma woman. APR’s Pat Duggins reports, the suspect has been on the run for around twenty years.

It was on this date in 1995 when a Dallas County grand jury indicted Kevin Carter for the capital murder of his girlfriend in Selma. It was seven years later when a federal arrest warrant was issued, charging Carter with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Earlier this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation increased the reward for information leading to Carter’s capture to $50,000. Prosecutors say Carter drove to the victim’s home, called her to his car, and shot her several times. The attack took place one day after Carter was released from jail after serving time for sexual assault.

In addition to asking help here in Alabama, federal investigators are looking into connections Carter had Ohio, Indiana, and Florida.

After suffering its first loss of the season, the 12th ranked Alabama football team is getting ready for Louisiana Monroe.

The Crimson Tide was down by 19 or more points twice against Ole Miss before getting within one score late in the game.

Coach Nick Saban says the difference between winning and losing on Saturday is having the right fundamentals.

“I think our players had tremendous energy in this game. But we have to learn to channel our energy and focus in to the right places so that we get better execution on a more consistent basis.”

Alabama had five turnovers in the game, including one on the opening kickoff. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Officials in one east Alabama city say they’re fed up with young men’s sagging pants and young women’s short skirts, and they plan to do something about it.

The Dadeville City Council is expected to discuss an ordinance to penalize people wearing sagging pants and short skirts during a meeting today.

Dadeville City Councilman Frank Goodman originally suggested a fine or other penalty for those wearing pants that exposed their underwear. Stephanie Kelly, the lone woman on Dadeville’s city council, said city leaders shouldn’t be enforcing a dress code. But she suggested applying the ordinance to short skirts as well so the rule would apply equally to men and women.

Officials with the ACLU say the ordinance could prompt legal challenges if enacted.