Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Republican, watches the chamber's electronic tally board as it approves a sweeping anti-abortion bill Friday at the Statehouse in Topeka. At left is Majority Leader Jene Vickrey.
Lawmakers in Kansas passed an extensive anti-abortion measure Friday night, which Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign into law. The bill declares that life begins "at fertilization," prohibits abortions related to the baby's sex and blocks tax breaks for health care providers that perform abortions.
The House passed the bill 90-30, hours after the Senate approved it 28-10.
Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 12:52 pm
Guns and America were born around the same time and grew up together. Like feuding cousins, their histories have been linked ever since.
Often helpful in American history — and often harmful — the portable gun has been inarguably influential in the national direction. The American Revolution would not have been won without guns. Precious lives at numerous school shootings would not have been lost without guns. And somewhere in between those two truisms lies the truth about what Americans really feel about firearms.
Almost 5 million Americans are considered long-term unemployed, meaning they have been searching for work for at least six months.
This week, their plight is getting a bit tougher as the government cuts their unemployment benefits — part of the automatic reductions in federal spending that took effect recently.
On a recent day, about 40 people turned out at a Manhattan jobs center run by the New York Labor Department to get advice on looking for work. These are all people who have been out of work for at least 27 weeks.
Dr. Mary Linn is the assistant curator for Native Languages at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma. This past week the 11th annual Native American Youth Language Fair took place at the Sam Noble Museum.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - As Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin fights for an increasingly embattled income tax rate cut, some officials wonder whether history is repeating itself.
Fallin started this year's session with a call for a cut in the top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent. But the Republican-controlled House and Senate rejected each other's version of the proposal this week, sending Republicans back to the drawing board.
The National Weather Service says a large upper level storm system will provide several opportunities for severe weather early next week. Hail, damaging winds, and even a few tornadoes will all be possible Sunday through Wednesday.
Members of a combined Afghan and coalition security force collected a cache of weapons after clearing a known Haqqani network foreign fighter encampment site in Paktika province, Afghanistan - July 21, 2011.
The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first international treaty regulating the multi-billion dollar global arms trade Tuesday.
Iran, North Korea and Syria voted "no" on Tuesday, while Russia and China, both major arms exporters, abstained.
Suzette Grillot is the co-author of the 2009 book The International Arms Trade. She says Syria opposed the treaty because it does nothing to prevent weapons from flowing to non-state actors, like the Syrian opposition.
Emmy award winner Michael Jones as Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest." The show, a co-production of CITY REP, OCU's school of Theatre and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, runs April 5–14 in the Burg theater of the OCU Fine Arts building.