The Two-Way
9:32 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Slow Growth In April: Survey Shows 119,000 Jobs Added

In Denver last month, a recruiter (right) talked with a job seeker at a health care career fair. There was job growth in April, according to a new survey, but the pace was modest.
Rick Wilking Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 7:59 am

A relatively weak 119,000 jobs were added to private employers' payrolls last month as federal spending cuts and tax increases began to bite, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

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7:13 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Foreign Factory Audits, Profitable But Flawed Business

A Bangladeshi soldier walks through rows of burnt sewing machines Nov. 25, after a fire in the nine-story Tazreen factory in Savar, near Dhaka. The fire killed 112 people.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 10:11 am

A factory collapse in Bangladesh last week killed more than 400 people, mostly garment workers. Hundreds more are still missing, making it one of the largest manufacturing disasters in history. It's just the latest horrific accident in the garment industry despite more than a decade of auditing aimed at improving working conditions.

In September 2012, a fire at the Ali Enterprises factory in Pakistan killed nearly 300 workers. Six weeks later, in November, a fire in the Tazreen factory in Bangladesh killed 112 people. Then, last week, there was the Rana Plaza collapse.

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9:13 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

If You Want to Understand Oklahoma’s Drought, Go Play in the Dirt

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But what falls from the sky is only part of the equation. In Oklahoma, droughts are meteorological — and agricultural.
Spring rains have started to fill rivers and reservoirs, and helped bring relief to parts of drought-stricken Oklahoma. But what falls from the sky is only part of the equation. In Oklahoma, droughts are meteorological - and agricultural.
9:10 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Locating the Uninsured

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"In some counties in Oklahoma, a quarter to nearly a third of the population lacks health insurance. The highest percentages are found in smaller, rural counties, such as Cimarron County and Harmon County. Counties with higher poverty rates, such as in southeastern Oklahoma, tend to have greater shares of uninsured residents."
( Interactive by Darren Jaworski. Story by Chase Cook.) More than a fifth of Oklahomans under the age of 65 do not have health insurance, giving the state the sixth highest uninsured rate in the nation. More than 690,000 non-elderly Oklahomans, or 21.9 percent, were uninsured in 2010, according to the U.S.
Politics and Government
5:59 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Republican Legislators Draft Alternate Healthcare Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group of Oklahoma Republican legislators have developed an alternative plan to provide health coverage to uninsured residents that would require most recipients to work and make modest co-payments.

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5:57 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

House Democrats Concerned Over Education Funding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Democrats in the Oklahoma House are expressing concern about funding for public education.

Democratic House members will join state school superintendents, principals, teachers and students Wednesday to discuss legislative negotiations on an education budget.

Legislation passed a decade ago requires lawmakers to present a public school budget to the governor no later than April 1. Local school districts face an April 10 deadline for notifying certified teachers if their contracts will be renewed for the following school year.

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Business and Economy
5:56 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Insurance Officials Announce Consumer Bill of Rights

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma insurance officials are compiling a consumer bill of rights to let home and car owners know what their legal rights are when they are affected by severe weather or some other calamity.

Commissioner of Insurance John Doak said Tuesday the index summarizes consumer rights under state law and Insurance Department rules. Legislation that authorizes it was passed in the state Senate Monday and is pending in the House.

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Business and Economy
5:44 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State Releases OKC Communications Project Audit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City lacked proper internal controls over the way it paid a vendor hired to integrate its communications system, but a state audit suggests there was no evidence to support allegations of misappropriated public funds for personal gain.

State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones released the audit of Oklahoma City's public safety information technology project on Tuesday. City officials requested the audit in October.

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Smoking Ban
2:15 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Fallin Signs State Property Smoking Ban

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Monday allowing cities and counties to restrict tobacco use at parks, libraries, golf courses, baseball fields and other properties beginning Nov. 1.

The bill by State Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) and State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) also formalizes Fallin’s executive order issued last year banning tobacco use in state-owned buildings and on state property.

Ownbey says putting the governor’s executive order into statute needed to be done, and local control is something lawmakers always talk about.

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12:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Computer Crash Stops State Testing of Students

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Students in Oklahoma and Indiana were among those who had their state-mandated tests halted due to problems with computer servers in New Jersey.
By KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer on Apr 30, 2013, at 2:28 AM Updated on 4/30/13 at 7:38 AM School testing came to a halt statewide early Monday because the CTB/McGraw-Hill testing company servers in New Jersey crashed around 9 a.m., state education officials said.