The Two-Way
7:55 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Obama: Rumors Of My Demise Are Exaggerated

President Obama during his news conference Tuesday at the White House.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 1:02 pm

  • President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference

(We updated the top of this post with a recap at 11:45 a.m. ET.)

Joking that a reporter's question Tuesday about whether he has "any juice" left to get things done in Washington made it sound like "I should just pack up and go home," President Obama paraphrased Mark Twain:

"Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated," the president said, as he predicted that an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws will be among the things that get accomplished in his second term.

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Politics and Government
5:45 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Debate Continues Over Tobacco Bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Battles over the regulation of tobacco products are continuing to rage at the Oklahoma Capitol, and anti-smoking forces plan to continue the fight after the Legislature adjourns by seeking a statewide vote on restricting smoking in public places.

Several tobacco-related measures also have been working through the legislative process. Included is a measure awaiting Gov. Mary Fallin's signature that would designate all state-owned buildings and property as nonsmoking.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Remembering Janos Starker, The Cellist 'Born To Be A Teacher'

Cellist Janos Starker with one of his classes at Indiana University. He said he was "put on this earth to be a teacher."
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 4:48 pm

Renowned concert soloist and prolific, Grammy-winning cellist Janos Starker died Sunday. He was 88.

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Oklahoma Voices
1:40 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost in The Great Depression

Christina Romer
Credit Provided

The Great Depression is often used as an economic touchstone when the United States suffers difficult economic times.

That is one of the reasons President Barack Obama tapped Christina Romer as the chairwoman of his Council of Economic Advisers, a post she left in 2010.

Her experience and research in studying the fiscal crisis of the late 1920s and 30s became important to the Obama administration as it navigated the nation’s deep recession.

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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Bangladesh Rescuers Give Up On Finding Survivors Of Collapse

Bangladeshi rescue workers take a break Friday on the rubble of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. By Friday, the death toll reached 300 as rescuers continued to search for injured and missing.
Kevin Frayer AP

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 6:57 pm

Several arrests have been made in connection with the collapse of an illegally constructed garment factory in Bangladesh last week that killed at least 380 people outside the capital, Dhaka. Meanwhile, rescuers say they have given up hope of finding anyone else alive.

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Mon April 29, 2013

I Would Have Stopped Him, 'Misha' Says Of Bombing Suspect

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as seen in a video taken on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
FBI.gov

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 5:32 pm

The man known as Misha who relatives of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects have alleged may have turned the elder Tsarnaev brother toward a radical form of Islam says he did no such thing and would have tried to stop the attack if he had known about it.

"I wasn't his teacher," Mikhail Allakhverdov (Misha) said Sunday of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. "If I had been his teacher, I would have made sure he never did anything like this."

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Bangladesh
2:30 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

KGOU Journalist from Bangladesh Provides Insight Into Deadly Building Collapse

Sima Bhowmik with Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie.
Credit KGOU

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.

The Two-Way
10:14 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Several Arrests In Deadly Bangladesh Factory Collapse

Rescue workers evacuate a survivor found in the garment factory building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sat., April 27, 2013.
Ismail Ferdous AP

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.

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Indian Times
4:58 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Online Degree Targets Federal Indian Law

OU Law Professor Taiawagi Helton
Credit Susan Shannon

The University of Oklahoma’s Law School will be offering a new online degree from the OU Law School.  It’s a Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law.


The OU Law School is located in the heart of the original Indian Territory with nationally and internationally known faculty.

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Politics and Government
5:29 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Fallin Signs Firefighter Pension Bill

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.

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