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  "We already make sure criminals know their rights. Before police arrest someone they inform them of all their rights under the law, so it's only common sense that we would do the same for women before they get an abortion. Women deserve to know their legal rights and the protections already afforded to them under the law, and we are confident that the more they know, the more they will choose life." — Gov. Bobby Jindal on July 6, as he signed into law HB 636. Among its provisions: clinics that perform abortions will need new signage throughout outlining "pregnancy resources"; women seeking appointments will be directed first to the state Department of Health & Hospitals "abortions alternative" website; and any outpatient abortion facility that has a nonphysician performing abortions can have its license revoked by the state.

  "The other candidates think they can take the check and do the right thing, and they can't. I need one out of 100 Americans to give me $100, and in the age of the Internet, it's very possible. That's where I am." — Former governor Buddy Roemer, who has acknowledged he is running for president, telling the National Journal his plans for campaign fundraising.

  "Today, the state with the lowest adult obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995." Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), which last week released its annual report about obesity in America. With an obesity rate of 31.6 percent, Louisiana ranked as the fifth most obese state in the nation — below only Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia and Tennessee. Fifteen years ago, TFAH said, only 17 percent of Louisianans were clinically obese.

  "I would work for $100 a day in Louisiana rather than $150 a day here. In Louisiana, the word there is that the governor is still grateful for the work we did." Miguel Ramirez, an undocumented worker who moved from New Orleans to Tuscaloosa, Ala. in search of tornado-related construction jobs. On June 9, Ala. Gov. Robert Bentley signed a stiff illegal-immigration bill which will take effect in September. Among its provisions: all businesses must verify citizenship of their employees with the federal government; it will become a crime to give an illegal immigrant a ride; and law enforcement officers will have power to check papers in cases they determine "reasonable suspicion exists."


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