Native American Issues
9:25 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Judge Sides With Sons About Jim Thorpe's Remains

Jim Thorpe's tomb in Jim Thorpe, PA - October 20, 2009
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr Creative Commons

A federal ruling is clearing the way for Jim Thorpe's two surviving sons to have his remains removed from the Pennsylvania town that bears his name and reinterred on Native American land in Oklahoma.

U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo ruled Friday that Jim Thorpe borough in northeastern Pennsylvania amounts to a museum under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

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Asia
6:41 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Suspects' Chechen Roots Draws Eyes In Russia

In this image taken from a cellphone video, the father of the Boston bombing suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, talks to the media about his sons, in his home in Makhachkala, the Dagestani capital, on Friday.
AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 1:09 pm

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects are ethnic Chechens with links to the volatile North Caucasus region of Russia. Moscow's reaction to that fact appears to be as complex as the region's turbulent history.

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Around the Nation
4:21 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Officials Seek Answers In Aftermath Of Deadly Plant Explosion

An explosion leveled a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, on Wednesday. The blast killed 14 people, injured more than 200 others and damaged or completely destroyed at least 80 homes.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 3:47 pm

With the house-to-house search over and the living and dead largely accounted for, the town of West, Texas, began the transition from shock and disbelief to communal grieving.

On Friday night, mourners gathered at St. Mary Church of the Assumption to remember the dead. Many of the dead were first responders who were fighting a roaring fire for 30 minutes before the explosion, which was felt 80 miles away in Fort Worth.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn caused a stir when he suggested that there might be many more people missing than thought.

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9:21 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over': Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

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Police say they've captured Suspect #2 in Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Gunfire and explosions have been heard in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Mass., and police have converged on the area. The events there follow the shooting death late Thursday of a campus police officer at the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Business and Economy
6:44 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

State Unemployment Rate Remains Steady

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma unemployment rate for March remained unchanged at 5.0 percent.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission announced Friday that the state labor force and the number of employed people fell slightly in March. But so did the number of jobless.  

The changes weren't enough to bring a change to the overall unemployment rate.

The agency says the labor force lost 2,940 people and that 2,240 fewer were employed in March. Overall, the number of unemployed Oklahomans declined by 700 in March.

Terrorism
1:21 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

With Boston in the News, the Shadow of April 19th Remains

The field of chairs at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum receives visitors following Friday's memorial service.
Kurt Gwartney KGOU

While the nation’s attention is focused on the unfolding events following Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City bombing survivors, victims’ family members and others gathered Friday morning for the annual remembrance of that disaster.

After 18 years, the service follows a routine: bag pipes, one second of silence for each of the 168 people who died, a few comments, and then the reading of the names of those killed in the blast.

But this year, the emotions seemed closer to the surface at the service held in the sanctuary of First Church across the street from the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

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World Views
1:08 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Memorial Designer Reflects on Commemorating Tragedy Through Architecture

President Bill Clinton, Torrey Butzer, and Hans Butzer with their design for the Oklahoma City National Memorial
Credit Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Hundreds gathered Friday morning at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum to mark the 18th anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Hans and Torrey Butzer, along with their partner Sven Berg, designed the Outdoor Symbolic Portion of the memorial while living in Berlin in 1997. As Americans living in Germany, Hans Butzer says that blended environment guided their artistic vision for the project.

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State Capitol
7:53 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Medicaid, Apologies, and Workers' Comp at the State Capitol This Week

Credit Provided

House Democrats started off the week by gathering members of their caucus and supporters of an expansion to the Medicaid insurance program. House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) says Oklahomans have sent approximately $27 billion in taxpayer dollars to the federal government.

“We come together as a community of Oklahoma citizens today and call upon our governor and our legislative leaders to just bring some of those $27 billion back to Oklahoma to take care of those people who desperately need healthcare.”

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Developing
2:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., where Boston Police say they have captured the second suspect in the marathon bombings.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:11 am

(We most recently updated this post at 11:10 p.m. ET on Friday. See this note about how we cover news such as this. For our running post about developments on Saturday, go here.)

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U.S. Senate
6:23 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coburn Named to Time 100 List

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

TIME Magazine released its annual TIME 100 list Thursday. Two U.S. Congressmen made the list: one, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. The other, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn.  

Each member of the list is afforded a few paragraphs, written by a colleague or friend, describing why that person deserves their appointment to the TIME 100. Coburn's summary was written by none other than the President of the United States, Barack Obama. 

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