Congress
8:13 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Bridenstine: Political Correctness Cause Of Fort Hood Shooting

A congressman faults political correctness in the military for allowing the 2009 rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded.

Oklahoma Republican Jim Bridenstine says the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Hasan, was open about his radical Islamist views before the shooting, but his Army superiors didn't take action for fear of appearing intolerant.

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Asia
8:06 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Bangladesh Collapse: The Garment Workers Who Survived

Rebecca Khatun, a worker at Rana Plaza, lies in a hospital bed. She lost her left leg and right foot in the collapse, which also killed five members of her family. Khatun received $120 and free medical care for her loss --€” compensation she says won't be enough for what she's been through.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 7:57 pm

(We updated this post at 11:58 a.m. ET to include a statement released Wednesday by Walmart. Click here to see that)

It's been 2 1/2 months since the Rana Plaza collapsed on garment workers in Bangladesh, exposing abysmal safety conditions in the country's factories.

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U.S.
5:32 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Congress Still Squabbling Over Student Loan Rate Increase

People walk on the Columbia University campus in New York City on July 1, the day the federal student loan interest rate hike kicked in.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 5:26 pm

The Senate is planning to vote Wednesday on a plan to bring interest rates on subsidized federal student loans back down to 3.4 percent for one more year. The rate doubled on July 1 when the chamber failed to agree on a plan.

While the Senate prepares to take the issue back up, college students are left staring at several competing proposals.

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Law
5:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban

Esteban Roncancio and other protesters call for executive action on workplace discrimination for LGBT Americans in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the Supreme Court, gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere: the workplace. In more than half the country, it's still legal to fire people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

On Wednesday, Senate lawmakers will once again debate a bill that would change that.

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Education
3:09 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Fallin Cabinet Down Three Since May With Latest Resignation

Phyllis Hudecki
Credit State of Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin's Secretary of Education Phyllis Hudecki is the latest member of the governor's cabinet to announce her resignation, becoming the third to step down in as many months.

Fallin's office announced Tuesday that Hudecki planned to resign her post effective July 15 so that she could resume full-time duties as head of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition. Hudecki had been serving part-time as an OBEC executive while she served on the governor's cabinet.

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World
2:46 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Peter Gabriel's 'Interspecies Internet'

A female bonobo plays a computerized keyboard in a duet with musician Peter Gabriel. (Screenshot from video)

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 12:54 pm

The internet helps to connects people all over the world, but what if the internet could also connect dolphins, apes, elephants and other species with one another — and also with us?

That’s the goal of computer scientist Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld — who runs the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT — is partnering with Vince Cerf, one of the founders of the internet, cognitive psychologist Diana Reiss and musician Peter Gabriel to create an interspecies internet.

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

California's Prison Sterilizations Reportedly Echo Eugenics Era

From 2006 to 2010, at least 148 female inmates at two California facilities had tubal ligation surgeries. Some of the surgeries took place at the Valley State Prison for Women, seen here in 2000.
Gary Kazanjian AP

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 4:16 pm

Nearly 150 women were sterilized in California's prisons without the state's approval, a practice that critics say targeted inmates who were seen as being at risk of serving a future jail term. Those numbers represent data from 2006 to 2010, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting, which first reported the news.

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Politics and Government
1:27 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Attorney Maintains Tax Cut Bill Is Unconstitutional

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr Creative Commons

An attorney with a long track record of successfully challenging legislative actions as unconstitutional is taking aim at a bill to cut the state's income tax and fund repairs to the crumbling Capitol. 

Oral arguments were held Tuesday before a referee for the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Attorney Jerry Fent claims the bill is unconstitutional because it violates a provision of the state Constitution that requires bills to embrace only one subject.

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Indian Child Welfare Act
11:10 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Native American Adoption Case Gets New Complication

Credit Cherokee Nation

The case of a Native American child at the center of a custody dispute that went to the U.S. Supreme Court has another complication. Dusten Brown, the girl’s biological father, has now filed for adoption.

Brown and other relatives of three-year-old Veronica filed court papers in Oklahoma Monday to adopt the child. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt Veronica.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:47 am
Tue July 9, 2013

The EPA Is Suing Oklahoma Gas & Electric Over Its Power Plant Emission Estimates

The first page of the federal government's complaint against OG&E
Credit StateImpact Oklahoma

The federal government on Monday filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma Gas & Electric, accusing the electric utility of violating the Clean Air Act by improperly estimating the amount of emissions that could come from upgrades at two coal-fired power plants.

A copy of the government’s complaint, which was made through the Environmental Protection Agency, is included on StateImpact Oklahoma's website.

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