Code Switch
2:42 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Brad Paisley's 'Accidental Racist' Sparks At Least One Dialogue

LL Cool J (left) and Brad Paisley backstage during the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas.
Jerod Harris/ACMA2013 Getty Images for ACM

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 7:18 am

"It can't be a coincidence that 'Accidental Racist' came out the same day Code Switch launched," @Melanism tweeted at us on Monday.

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It's All Politics
1:56 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Immigration Overhaul 'Feels Unstoppable Now,' Backers Say

Protesters march last week in Miami, in support of immigration overhaul legislation. The marchers were calling for a new immigration system with a path to citizenship for 11 million people currently in the country illegally.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:22 pm

Thousands of supporters will descend on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to call for legislation that creates a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

Sound familiar?

But this time, unlike in 2007 and 2010 when immigration legislation died in Congress after similar demonstrations, proponents of an overhaul say politics has swung inexorably toward their side.

"I've been working on this issue for more than a decade, and it feels unstoppable now," says Ana Avendano, director of immigration and community action at the AFL-CIO.

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8:58 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Oklahoma House Member Says It's Not State's Job to Educate

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While he says he supports the Oklahoma constitutional requirement of free public education for grades K-12, state Rep. Mike Reynolds doesn't extend his backing to higher education.
Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City) told fellow lawmakers last week that they have no responsibility to ensure students have access to a college education. The state's legislature has been debating a bill that would expand Oklahoma's Promise, a program that provides post-secondary education scholarships to qualified low-income students.
Severe Storms
7:47 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Severe Weather Possible This Evening, Winter Weather Advisory Posted

Forecasters say power outages are possible as a winter storm moves through Oklahoma overnight Tuesday into midday Wednesday.
Credit www.srh.noaa.gov / National Weather Service

UPDATE: A winter weather advisory is in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday for northern, southwest and central Oklahoma.

Forecasters say freezing rain and sleet are likely to accumulate on power lines and tree limbs. Strong northwest winds will also make it more likely for lines and limbs to fall.

Power outages are most likely, according to the forecast, in central and north-central Oklahoma.

The risk for severe storms and tornadoes is less than earlier forecast, but dangerous thunderstorms are still possible.

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Health
6:39 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Pruitt Designates "Sexual Assault Awareness Month"

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and helping to honor those fighting on behalf of victims.

Pruitt held a press conference Monday and helped honor two Oklahomans for their work to help victims of sexual assault.

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Business and Economy
6:34 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

White House Approves OK Disaster Aid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The White House has approved federal disaster aid for 17 Oklahoma counties hit hard by a winter storm in February.

President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in the state Monday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storm between Feb. 24 and 26.

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Oklahoma Voices
12:25 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Coburn: All Guns are Assault Weapons

A firearm identified as an AR15-117
Credit Moto@Club4AG / Flickr (Creative Commons)

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) told a crowd at an Oklahoma City town hall that a .45-caliber handgun with 10 rounds in it is no different than an AR-15.

“There isn’t a gun that’s made that isn’t an assault weapon,” he said after one man recommended a ban on military-style assault guns.

After answering several questions last week related to controlling firearms, Coburn told the nearly 150 people in the room that he wouldn’t answer any more questions about guns.

“What I’m trying to do right now is both protect the Second Amendment and the 10th Amendment for Oklahoma if we want to do something different,” Coburn said.

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Remembrances
7:57 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Britain's Iron Lady, Former Prime Minister Thatcher, Dies

Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister in 1979 and served until 1990. In 1992, she was elevated to the House of Lords to become Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven. Thatcher died Monday at age 87 following a stroke, her spokesman said.
Harry Dempster Express/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 12:14 pm

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday following a stroke. She was 87. Despite many accomplishments during her 11 years in office, she was a divisive figure, and there is still much bitterness surrounding the woman who was dubbed the Iron Lady.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Blocked Or Breaking Through? Mixed Signals On Gun Bills

This AR-15 style weapon was on display in March at the 7th annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix, Ariz. It's among the type of weapons that advocates of new gun laws want to see banned.
Joshua Lott Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 7:05 am

If this is President Obama's "make-or-break week on guns," as Politico declares, then it starts with considerable confusion about where things stand regarding the likelihood of passing new gun control laws.

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9:54 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Plane Crashes Into Collinsville Home

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More than one person is dead as authorities continue to investigate a single-engine airplane crash in northeast Oklahoma.
By KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer on Apr 7, 2013, at 6:24 PM Updated on 4/07 at 9:42 PM COLLINSVILLE - More than one person died when a small airplane crashed into a vacant house in Collinsville on Sunday evening, officials said. Collinsville Police Chief Jimmie Richey said there were multiple fatalities.

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