Listen to details on the building collapse in Bangladesh from Sima Bhowmik, a radio journalist working with KGOU as part of a U.S. State Dept. professional exchange program.
Sima Bhowmik, a journalist with ABC radio in Bangladesh, is working at KGOU for several weeks as part of a U.S. State Dept. program. She is following the unfolding events of the building collapse in her country.
Bhowmik made contact with another reporter in the country, and provides details of the connection between the owner of the building and a political party.
Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 3:36 pm
Bangladeshi authorities have arrested at least seven people in connection with this week's deadly building collapse outside Dhaka, the capital. Several garment factories, shops and a bank were housed inside.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill designed to shore up the unfunded liability of Oklahoma's pension system for firefighters.
The bill was one of a dozen measures signed by Fallin on Friday.
Among the key changes for newly hired firefighters is that to become eligible for retirement benefits, they must be at least 50 years old and have worked for 22 years, instead of the current 20 years. New firefighters also would not become vested until they've worked for 11 years, instead of the current 10 years.
This time last week Americans were just starting to learn about the troubled Russian region of Chechnya after authorities released the identities of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Rebecca Cruise discusses women in combat and the U.S. drone program with NPR's Rachel Martin. Before taking over the host's chair of Weekend Edition Sunday, she reported from both Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as the network's national security correspondent.
The number of people on the list has risen by 24 percent since 2010, when Oklahoma had the third largest waiting list for such services in the nation, according to a University of Minnesota study. Just under half the applicants are children; most are from low-income families.
The Oklahoma Board of Corrections has voted to rename Oklahoma City's Hillside Community Corrections Center in honor of the state's first commissioner of charities and corrections. The board voted Thursday to rename the facility as the Kate Barnard Community Corrections Center.
Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the West Thursday for refusing to declare Chechen militants terrorists and for offering them political and financial assistance in the past, in light of the revelation that Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had Chechen roots.
The U.S. has urged the Kremlin to seek a political settlement in Chechnya and provided humanitarian aid to the region during the two separatist wars that began in 1994.
"Violence and conflict has happened in Chechnya for centuries," University of Oklahoma College of International Studies Dean and KGOU’s World Views host Suzette Grillot says. "This goes back to the 16th Century when there's been war after war after war. So it's been a volatile region for some time."