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Oregon Right to Life

Oregon lawmakers kill starvation bill

by Samantha Gobba
Posted 6/20/17, 12:11 pm

Pro-life state legislators in Oregon managed to kill a bill that pro-lifers say would have allowed the starvation and dehydration of dementia patients and those with mental illness. Framed as an update to Oregon's advance directive law, S.B. 494 removed definitions of tube feeding and life support and gave family members, friends, and caregivers the power to remove undefined “life-sustaining procedures” that could include food and water.

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Associated Press/Photo by Scott Keeler/Tampa Bay Times

Tropical storm spins toward Gulf Coast states

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/20/17, 11:44 am

The first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is threatening the northern rim of the Gulf of Mexico, with forecasters predicting heavy rainfall from Texas to Alabama. The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm warning for Texas and Louisiana on Tuesday morning. The storm, still several hundred miles from land, is expected to come ashore within the next 48 hours. Coastal cities in Alabama and Mississippi, including Mobile, Pascagoula, and Biloxi, could get as much as 15 inches of rain.

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Associated Press/Photo by Matt York

Extreme heat causes Phoenix flight cancellations

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/20/17, 11:20 am

Officials in Phoenix canceled some flights today due to the extreme heat wave sweeping across Arizona and parts of California and Nevada. Temperatures are forecast to reach 119 degrees today in Phoenix, with Las Vegas reaching 117. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures of 118 or higher have only been recorded 15 times since 1896 when officials first began keeping records. Phoenix last hit 120 degrees 22 years ago, hitting a record-high 122 on June 26, 1990.

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