The Two-Way
3:02 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Rules For Adoptive Family In Dispute

This October 2011 photo provided by Melanie Capobianco shows her adoptive daughter, Veronica, trick-or-treating in Charleston, S.C. The Supreme Court handed down a decision Tuesday in favor of the Capobiancos, who sued after Veronica was returned to her biological father under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Courtesy of Melanie Capobianco AP

In a complex and heart-wrenching case, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the parental rights of a Native American father may be terminated if he has failed to establish a history of "continued custody" of his biological child.

The decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, however, is viewed as narrow and leaves intact the the 1978 federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law was designed to stop the historically brutal and improper removal of Native American children from their families for adoption or foster care by white parents.

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The Two-Way
10:11 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law

Field Director Charles White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speaks at a podium outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 3:49 pm

By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.

The decision focuses on Section 4 of the Act.

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Immigration
10:09 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Coburn "No" On Immigration Changes

Marchers at a rally to change U.S. immigration laws.
Credit by cool revolution / Flickr Creative Commons

Historic immigration legislation is on track to clear the Senate by week's end following a successful test vote.

A final vote in the Senate on Thursday or Friday would send the issue to the House, where conservative Republicans in the majority oppose citizenship for anyone living in the country illegally. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) voted no on the immigration proposal yesterday.

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StateImpact
9:47 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Sides With Ethanol Over Oil

Credit SPENCER T. / Flickr Creative Commons

It’s a big week for the U.S. Supreme Court, with decisions coming on gay marriage, affirmative action, and voting rights. But renewable energy advocates have already notched a victory today.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of fuel containing up to 15% ethanol in 2010, and today, the court decided not to hear a challenge to that decision.

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Weather and Climate
8:04 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Are The Recent Water Resources Board Changes Fair To Oklahoma's Big Cities?

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 2:39 pm

The makeup of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board will change as current members’ terms end over the next few years. A new law passed in 2013 requires that each board member come from a specific region of the state.

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Kids Count
2:24 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Survey Shows Oklahoma Children's Well-Being Improves

Credit Lexie Flickinger / Flickr

An annual report on the well-being of children in the United States shows improvement in Oklahoma.

The state's ranking improved from 40th to 36th among the 50 states in the Kids Count report released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The foundation ranks states based on four areas — economic well-being; education; health; and family and community issues.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back To Lower Court

Abigail Noel Fisher, who challenged a racial component to University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy, speaks to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court building during oral in the case in October.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 7:39 pm

One of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases of its current term — a challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action admissions process — has ended with a ruling that does not revisit the fundamental issue of whether such programs discriminate against whites.

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The Salt
9:53 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Not Local Food, And Not Afraid To Say It

These organically farmed ingredients travel the world to join forces in a Boloco burrito.
Heather Rousseau NPR

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:17 pm

A burrito is a thing of beauty. Swathed in tortilla, clad in foil, simple ingredients come together and something magical happens.

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Where In The World Is Edward Snowden? Still Russia, It Seems

Journalists on board a Moscow-to-Havana flight Monday thought that NSA leaker Edward Snowden would be in that window seat. Instead, the plane left with that spot empty.
Maxim Shemetov Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 8:48 am

After hours of breathless reporting about how "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden would be getting on a Moscow-to-Havana flight Monday, it seems he did not in fact board the jet for what what was thought to be a step toward asylum in Ecuador.

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Business and Economy
8:03 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Supreme Court Ruling Won't Keep Texas From Trying to Buy Oklahoma Water

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 10:29 am

When the U.S. Supreme Court sided unanimously with Oklahoma in the courtroom war over water that flows into the Red River, Texas’ legal claim to the resource was greatly diminished.

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