The line is open. Finishing up:
* UAPB CHANCELLOR FINALISTS: The UA says four candidates have been chosen to make campus visits later this month in the selection process for a new chancellor of the college:
The candidates are Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, associate dean of the Graduate School and director of the Office of Minority Programs at the University of Florida; Dr. Everette J. Freeman, president of Albany State University; Kim Luckes, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Norfolk State University, and Dr. Robert Mock, vice president for student affairs at the University of Kentucky. Biographical information on the candidates is below. Click here for more information on the candidates.
* SOUND ADVICE FROM OKLAHOMA: The Tulsa World published an editorial yesterday that should be circulated to Arkansas legislators before festivities begin next week. Not that Republicans will pay it any mind. It's about the stern warning from a medical journal about doctors' concerns at legislators delving into matters that infringe on the doctor-patient relationship. In Oklahoma and other red states, individual freedom is paramount unless you choose to do something with which Republicans disapprove.
In the medical journal article, "Legislative Interference with the Patient-Physician Relationship," the leaders of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Surgeons, declared: "Some recent laws and proposed legislation inappropriately infringe on clinical practice and patient-physician relationships, crossing traditional boundaries and intruding into the realm of medical professionalism."
The writers "find this trend alarming and believe that legislators should abide by principles that put patients' best interests first."
Four specific types of legislation were cited as being of particular concern." They included laws banning the discussion of gun safety with patients; mandating the discussion of end-of-life options; limiting the information doctors can disclose to patients regarding exposure to chemicals; and mandating medical procedures not supported by evidence, such as the ultrasound requirement prior to abortion that has been passed in several states.
This is on the legislative agenda, beginning with Jason Rapert's mandated ultrasound bill in which a transvaginal probe will be required of women in the earliest stage of pregnancy whether they want it or not if they intend to seek an abortion — legalized sexual assault, in other words.