Corruption robs Ukrainian HIV patients of treatment
NPR’s Ari Shapiro reported this week that government corruption in Ukraine is killing its citizens, on top of the violence already breaking out left and right. Specifically, Shapiro reported that imported HIV treatments are being sold at inflated prices five times above the international average; that’s well beyond the means of the country’s HIV patients, who are often fired from work and ostracized for carrying the virus.
Flooding devastates Balkan states, dozens killed, power supply at risk
Historic levels of rainfall have caused major flooding in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia – 47 are confirmed dead as of Monday and over 65,000 are homeless. Many of the Serbian dead were recovered in the Belgrade borough of Obrenovac, the area hardest hit by the deluge.
Death toll after Turkish mine collapse surpasses 300, arrests made
Four people have been arrested in connection with the coal fire that killed over 300 miners in the Turkish town of Soma last Tuesday. According to the Andalou new agency, Soma Coal Mining Company operating manager Akin Celik, engineers Yalcin Erdogan and Ertan Ersoy, and security chief Yasin Kurnaz were taken into custody Sunday. The investigation into what actually caused the fire and subsequent collapse is still underway.
9/11 Memorial Museum to open this weekend, families of victims furious at cost
The greatly anticipated museum will open its doors to the public this Friday, but not everyone is happy about that. Apart from the $24 ticket fee, the museum has pricey gift and coffee shops, as well as the unidentified remains of about 8,000 people that died in the attack. Some view the museum as sacred ground to pay their respects to the dead and take offense that they have to pay to visit their departed loved ones that may be housed within the museum.
Arkansas judge rules ban on Marriage Equality unconstitutional, Supreme Court disagrees
540 same-sex couples were able to apply for marriage licenses and wed before the state’s Supreme Court ordered a temporary freeze on issuing licenses to same sex couples. The decision made by Judge Chris Piazza that Arkansas’ definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman is unconstitutional threw the judicial system into chaos. Only 69 of the 75 clerks in the state agreed to issue the licenses, and there is still no word as to whether or not the licenses that have been issued will be recognized as valid.
Governor Bobby Jindal to appear on ‘Duck Dynasty’
The upcoming season of “Duck Dynasty is set to premiere on June 11 and Jindal is slated to make a cameo appearance in the premiere. This is all we care to say.
Lawmakers reject Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil and gas leases.
The Louisiana Energy and Mineral board raked in just under $600,000 after a sale of oil and gas leases this month. That sounds low because it is. The board outright refused to take bids for plays on the TMS; theoretically, it’s the largest play in the state, even the south. The board stated that it rejected the $95,000 in bids because they felt they were too low.
Metro Council approves Mall of Louisiana annexation
The council voted 9-3 in favor of the controversial measure last Wednesday. This move has been called a major blow against the incorporation of St. George – the Mall is huge generator of sales tax, and now all of it belongs to the city-parish government of East Baton Rouge. Now, even if incorporation is successful, St. George will miss out on a major financial resource within its borders.