Short reprieve for clinics
Planned Parenthood will continue — for now — to receive funds from a joint Texas and federal program providing health care to low-income women, despite the state’s promise to exclude its clinics by today because they are affiliated with abortion providers. Gov. Rick Perry pledged to boot Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women’s Health Program after the GOP-dominated Legislature in 2011 reinstated a law prohibiting state funds from going to organizations linked to abortion providers. Perry said Wednesday that the state is ready to begin a program with only Texas funds; the federal government currently funds 90 percent of the program, which costs around $40 million annually. But the program will not begin operating immediately and may not take effect until the end of the year.
SALT LAKE CITY
Air passenger indicted
A Ukrainian man who authorities said tried to open an emergency exit on a Salt Lake City-bound Delta Air Lines plane was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for disrupting the flight and attempting to bribe the FBI agents who arrested him. Federal authorities said Anatoliy N. Baranovich, 46, had been drinking heavily before dozing and waking up during the plane’s descent from Boston and running to the back of the plane. He started yelling in Russian and tried to open the rear door, damaging the plane’s fuselage, before other passengers restrained him. Baranovich then offered federal agents $6,534 to let him go, according to the indictment. Baranovich has been detained since the Oct. 15 incident.
Century-old ash stirred
A smog-like haze that hung over part of Alaska’s Kodiak Island this week was courtesy of a volcanic eruption — 100 years ago. The National Weather Service said strong winds and a lack of snow on Tuesday helped stir up ash from the 1912 eruption of Novarupta, the largest volcanic blast of the 20th century. This week, ash from the volcano drifted up to about 4,000 feet. It traveled over the Shelikof Strait and across Kodiak Island, prompting an aviation alert.
Compiled from wire reports.