Whale car­cass left on beach for now

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Kath­leen dun­can / Vic­to­ria Ad­vo­cate Com­piled from wire re­ports.

com­pli­ance.

Texas De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion records in­di­cate the cross­ing was de­signed for a 30-sec­ond warn­ing.

The re­mains of a 43foot whale found dead on a Matagorda County beach will stay on the sand as of­fi­cials con­sider what to do with the car­cass.

Heidi White­head of the non­profit Texas Marine Mam­mal Strand­ing Net­work in Galve­ston said Fri­day that a necropsy has been com­pleted on the male fin whale. No sus­pected cause of death was im­me­di­ately re­leased.

White­head es­ti­mated that the whale weighs about 5 tons and was al­ready dead when it washed ashore and was dis­cov­ered Tues­day.

She said the net­work does not have the equip­ment or money to re­move and bury the car­cass.

Matagorda is about 90 miles south­west of Hous­ton.

Good­man said the state has signed up more than 1,000 new providers to re­place Planned Par­ent­hood and said its sur­veys in­di­cated there were enough providers for ma­jor met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas.

But Planned Par­ent­hood and its sup­port­ers ques­tion whether par­tic­i­pants in the state-funded pro­gram will have ac­cess to care if the re­pro­duc­tive care provider is ex­cluded. It has sued in state court to be in­cluded.

“There is no sound rea­son Texas should jeop­ar­dize this im­por­tant pro­gram by cut­ting off ac­cess to the health care provider re­lied on by nearly half of the women re­ceiv­ing ba­sic, pre­ven­tive health care through the pro­gram,” Ken Lam­brecht, pres­i­dent and CEO of Planned Par­ent­hood of Greater Texas, said in a state­ment Fri­day.

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