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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.