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Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Scandals rock the Swedish Academy, Arkansas effectively bans medical abortions, and the EPA's trust issues continue.
A plaque depicting Alfred Nobel at the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

A plaque depicting Alfred Nobel at the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

This week, we brought you stories on the insidious ways the Trump administration is hindering asylum seekers, an innovative way to prevent violence in schools, and the recent flurry of immigration scandals. Here are a few other stories we've been watching this week.

The Nobel Prize for Literature, Already Canceled for This Year, Might Not Be Awarded Next Year Either

This week, the Nobel Foundation's executive director, Lars Heikensten, said in a radio interview that the award could be suspended through 2019. The news followed last month's announcement that, due to allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against the husband of an academy member, no Nobel Prize for literature would be awarded in 2018. The prize "will be awarded when the Swedish Academy has won back the public's trust," Heikensten told the Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio, according to the New York Times.

The Supreme Court Declined to Hear an Appeal From Planned Parenthood Against an Arkansas Law Restricting Medical Abortions

The law has made Arkansas the first state to effectively ban medical abortions, Slate reports. Planned Parenthood will continue trying to prove that the law would prevent a "large fraction" of women from accessing abortion services. Arkansas has only three abortion providers, and the law would require the two of those three that only provide medical abortions to stop offering abortion services.

The Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board Voted to Review Agency Chief Scott Pruitt's Changes to Climate Policy

Only two of the board's 44 members didn't vote in favor of a full scientific review of the changes, including his plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan and methane regulations. Inside Climate News reports that of the more than 20 people who spoke to the board, all of them supported the review. Fifteen of the board's members are Pruitt's own appointees.