World Views
1:07 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Winners and Losers in the Cyprus Financial Crisis

Protesters gather outside the Cyprus Parliament in Nicosia - March 22, 2013.
Credit urbanlegend / Flickr

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the financial crisis in Cyprus - March 28, 2013.

Banks in Cyprus are open for normal business for the second day, but with strict restrictions on how much money their clients can access, after being shut down for nearly two weeks to prevent people from draining their accounts as the country's politicians sought a way out of an acute financial crisis.

"They were weakened by the fact that they had too many investments in Greek companies," said Suzette Grillot. "So they've become another victim of the Greek financial crisis."

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New Gas Rules Aim To Clean Up Car Emissions

The new rules' would reduce harmful emissions, the EPA says.
David Paul Morris Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:23 pm

  • NPR's Richard Harris reports

Calling them "sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses [and lead to] efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive," the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed national rules to reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Fri March 29, 2013

NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation'

Robin Young.
WBUR

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:26 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': David Folkenflik and Renee Montagne discuss the cancellation of 'Talk of the Nation'

NPR announced Friday morning that it will no longer produce the Monday-to-Thursday call-in show Talk of the Nation.

It will be replaced by Here and Now, a show produced in partnership with member station WBUR in Boston. Reported stories will be part of the show's format.

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Business and Economy
6:11 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

OSBI Audit Released

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An audit of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shows employees of the agency used state resources and time to raise money for two nonprofits associated with the agency - then refused to release documents to the state auditor's office.

State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones released a special audit report Thursday that also says one of the nonprofits - the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Employee Association - spent nearly $10,000 to take 11 employees on a cruise.

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Business and Economy
6:09 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Fallin Requests Federal Disaster Aid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has requested a federal disaster declaration due to the late February snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow and brought heavy winds across much of northwestern Oklahoma.

If the request is granted, federal funding would become available to cities, counties and rural electric cooperatives for repairs and other costs associated with their response to the storm.

Education
6:08 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Board of Education Approves Rule Changes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved changes to its system of reviewing and changing state academic standards.

The proposal deletes the standards for history, math and other subjects from the department's list of its rules of operation that must be approved by the Legislature. The board says the removal doesn't mean the standards have been thrown out _ but that it will mean legislative approval won't be needed for every adjustment to the academic requirements.

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World Views
2:55 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pope Emeritus Benedict's Lessons From 700 Years Ago

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI pray together in Castel Gandolfo - March 23, 2013
Credit vatican / YouTube

Suzette Grillot's interview with Jason Houston via Skype from Arezzo, Italy.

The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics are celebrating Holy Week, and Pope Francis is preparing for his first Good Friday and Easter Mass as pontiff. It’s been exactly a month since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from the office of the papacy, which has given observers time to reflect on the historic transfer of power.

“This will stand out as a moment that Church historians will talk about for the next 600 years,” said University of Oklahoma Italian language and literature professor Jason Houston. He says if Benedict set a precedent for resignation that future pontiffs would follow, “he has changed the papacy in a way that no one has since probably the 11th Century. [But] I don't think that's going to happen.”

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Assignment: Radio
12:43 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Clause and Effect: Norman Helps Sex Offenders by Not Making Them Move

A screenshot of the Oklahoma's Sex Offender Registry website. The red points represent sex offenders within 5 miles of the University of Oklahoma.

For victims, life after a sexual assault is often filled with shame, fear and frustrating legal battles. For perpetrators, life after conviction is complicated, especially after they finish serving time in prison. According to Oklahoma’s Sex Offenders Registration Act, those convicted of a sexual felony cannot live within a 2,000-foot radius of a school. And, as straightforward as that sounds, it might be significantly easier said than done.

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Business
6:16 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Cheap Natural Gas Pumping New Life Into U.S. Factories

A worker hooks up pipe during natural gas drilling by EnerVest on the Barnett Shale near Fort Worth, Texas, in 2012.
Ron Jenkins MCT /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 4:13 pm

The millions of Americans who lost factory jobs over the past decade may find this hard to believe, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life.

The chest compressions are applied by the pumping of cheap, domestic natural gas.

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Education
5:30 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Common Core Opponents Rally at Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group opposed to a set of public education principles known as common core state standards are rallying at the state Capitol and urging legislators to overturn them.

About 100 people attended the rally Wednesday sponsored by Restore Oklahoma Public Education.

Common core standards include basic requirements for students to learn in math, English, history, social studies and science.

But speakers at Wednesday's rally contend the standards are part of a plot by the federal government to take over education in Oklahoma.

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