Audubon tax opposed; abortion initiatives breed rumors; council ponders jail size

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Little has been said about changes Jackson had proposed that could require doctors who perform the procedure only occasionally to now be licensed as an outpatient abortion provider with the state. Physicians used to only have to register with Louisiana if they performed more than five abortions per month. Now, they would have to acquire a license if they perform more than five abortions per year.

Before officials agree on the size of New Orleans’ future prison population, they still have to decide on what to do with the present one. It’s a four-year-old debate that has been full of twists and turns. The City Council on Thursday (March 13) is expected take up the latest proposal from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration: that the Orleans Parish Prison’s temporary detention center remain open indefinitely after a new, 1,438-bed inmate housing unit opens later this year.

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