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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said he would sign a bill restricting abortions and cutting off the group's government funding.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said he would sign a bill restricting abortions and cutting off the group's government funding. (Associated Press, File)
Posted: April 30, 2011

Defunding Planned Parenthood in Ind.

INDIANAPOLIS - Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said Friday that he would sign a bill restricting abortions and making Indiana the first state to cut off all government funding for Planned Parenthood. The move is likely to beef up his credentials among social conservatives as he considers whether to run for president.

Daniels said he supported the abortion restrictions from the outset and said the provision added to defund Planned Parenthood did not change his mind. Women's health, family-planning, and other services will remain available, he said.

Signing the bill puts Indiana at risk of losing $4 million a year in federal family-planning grants likely to be cut off because of the legislation. Daniels, known as a fiscal hawk, did not address the loss in his statement. - AP

3 FAA air-control managers replaced

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration replaced three high-level managers in the nation's air-traffic control system Friday after embarrassing incidents of controllers sleeping on the job and making potentially dangerous mistakes.

New managers were appointed to key posts overseeing the operation of airport towers and regional radar centers that handle planes flying at high altitudes as well as approaches and departures. A new manager was named to run a regional radar center near Cleveland. The previous managers are being reassigned.

The performance of midlevel managers is also being reassessed, the FAA said. Teams of experts are examining several of the agency's more complex facilities to ensure that agency policies are being followed and professional standards upheld. - AP

New questioning due for Edwards

RALEIGH, N.C. - Former presidential candidate John Edwards will again be asked questions he earlier refused to answer under oath, this time with a judge on hand to immediately rule what is fair or foul in the privacy lawsuit filed by his mistress.

After a hearing Friday, Superior Court Judge Carl Fox delayed a decision on whether all or parts of Edwards' closed-door deposition would be made public until the former North Carolina senator faces further questioning June 20.

Rielle Hunter filed the privacy suit against former Edwards campaign aide Andrew Young, and Edwards is the star witness. Hunter contends Young improperly took from her sensitive materials, including a reputed sex tape showing Edwards. She wants the items returned. Young said Hunter left them behind after leaving a hideout they shared while covering up Edwards' affair during the 2008 presidential campaign. - AP

Elsewhere:

President Obama has invited the bipartisan congressional leadership and key committee leaders to dinner Monday at the White House, an overture amid partisan clashes over spending and health care.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed bills approving 11 new special license plates, including one that would commemorate the tea party and send donations toward the movement. In the run-up to approval, opponents said the tag would inappropriately promote a specific political movement.

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