Education
3:32 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Loan Education Becomes Prerequisite As Student Debt Balloons

College loan debt isn't easing up, and students are struggling to navigate a plethora of obligations.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 3:55 pm

For students now sprinting toward the end of their college days, the finish line may not be much of a relief. More than ever, their gait is slowed by the weight of impending debt.

Thirty-seven million Americans share about $1 trillion in student loans, according to Federal Reserve data. It's the biggest consumer debt besides mortgages, eclipsing both auto loans and credit cards. And on it grows, an appetite undiminished by the recession.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Kansas Set To Enact Law Saying Life Starts At Fertilization

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.
John Hanna AP

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.

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History
11:56 am
Sat April 6, 2013

The First Gun In America

A Spanish soldier aiming an arquebus in the New World, late 1500s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration.
North Wind Picture Archives AP

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.

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Economy
5:53 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Sequester Pinches Long-Term Unemployed Even More

A crowd of jobseekers attends a health care job fair on Thursday in New York.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 10:08 am

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.

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Indian Times
7:07 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Native American Youth Language Fair has record attendance

Chickasaw Nation students perform
Credit photo courtesy of Sam Noble Museum of Natural History website

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.

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Politics and Government
5:49 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Fallin Makes SE Okla Judgeship Appointment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed an Idabel attorney to an associate district judgeship for McCurtain County in southeastern Oklahoma.

Fallin announced the appointment of Kenneth Farley on Friday. Farley replaces former associate district judge Michael DeBerry, who became a district judge.

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Politics and Government
5:46 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Republicans Seek Agreement On Income Tax Cut

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.

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Severe Storms
4:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Severe Weather Possible Early Next Week

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.

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World Views
12:47 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What the U.N. Arms Treaty Will (or Won't) Accomplish

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.
Credit isafmedia / Flickr

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.

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Theatre
11:56 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Trio of OKC Theater Companies Takes Cooperation Earnestly

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.
Credit Wendy Mutz

Three Oklahoma City theater groups are joining together for a production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

The leaders of City Rep, Oklahoma City University’s School of Theater and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park have combined their resources to bring the classic play to OCU’s Burg Theater April 5-14.

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