Alan Greenblatt http://publicradiotulsa.org en Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/congress-latest-death-match-involves-bank-youve-never-heard It sits in an imposing building just across Lafayette Square from the White House. Yet the Export-Import Bank, which has been offering credit to foreign purchasers of U.S. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 63082 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/whats-causing-latest-immigration-crisis-brief-explainer It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.<p>Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.<p>President Obama has called on Congress to supply nearly $4 billion simply to deal with the problem. In the meantime, U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 62850 at http://publicradiotulsa.org What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/federal-highway-program-could-run-out-money-next-month Congress has yet another problem it can't solve.<p>For years, the main federal transportation program has been spending more money than it takes in. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:50:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 62544 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/unions-fear-high-courts-ruling-opens-door-more-trouble It wasn't the worst possible outcome for public sector unions. But that could still happen.<p>The Supreme Court stopped short in its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926651/supreme-court-rules-against-union-dues-for-some-home-care-workers" target="_blank">Harris v. Quinn decision</a> this week of eliminating unions' ability to collect compulsory dues from government workers who aren't union members but receive the same benefits. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 62469 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble Illinois Declares Truce In Cupcake War http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/illinois-declares-truce-cupcake-war No one really thinks 12-year-old Chloe Stirling presents a menace to public health.<p>The Illinois girl has a knack for baking cupcakes and has done pretty well selling them. So well, in fact, that her local newspaper published a <a href="http://www.bnd.com/2014/01/26/3021370/troy-11-year-old-turns-cupcakes.html" target="_blank">story</a> about her earlier this year. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:16:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 60957 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Illinois Declares Truce In Cupcake War New Orleans District Moves To An All-Charter System http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/new-orleans-district-moves-all-charter-system The nation's largest experiment with charter schools is expanding.<p>The Recovery School District, a state control board that runs most schools in New Orleans, shut down the last of its five traditional public schools this week, making it the first all-charter system in the nation.<p>"Twenty years ago, the first state charter laws showed that districts need not run every public school," says Andy Smarick, a senior policy fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank that backs charters. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 60561 at http://publicradiotulsa.org New Orleans District Moves To An All-Charter System Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Keep Up Their Winning Streak http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/same-sex-marriage-supporters-keep-their-winning-streak Same-sex marriage supporters continued to enjoy considerable legal momentum this week.<p>With officials in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/20/280260080/oregon-wont-defend-states-ban-on-gay-marriage" target="_blank">Oregon</a> and <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2014/05/21/Corbett-won-t-appeal-ruling-to-allow-same-sex-marriage/stories/201405210178" target="_blank">Pennsylvania</a> deciding not to challenge court decisions overturning bans on gay marriage, they became the 18th and 19th states where same-sex couples can be granted legal recognition.<p Sat, 24 May 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 60209 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Keep Up Their Winning Streak Official: More Than 200 Dead In Turkish Mine Explosion http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/four-workers-killed-turkish-mine-explosion <strong>Updated at 6:00 a.m. ET. Wednesday:</strong><p>Authorities in Turkey say at least 205 workers have been killed after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in the western part of the country. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared three days of national mourning.<strong> </strong><p><strong>Update at 11:19 p.m. ET. More Than 200 Dead: Tue, 13 May 2014 17:18:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 59504 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Official: More Than 200 Dead In Turkish Mine Explosion States Struggle To Find An Execution Method That Works http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/states-struggle-find-execution-method-works States have always struggled to find humane ways to carry out the death penalty. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 58791 at http://publicradiotulsa.org States Struggle To Find An Execution Method That Works Gays In Cincinnati: From Second-Class Citizens To Fully Accepted http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/gays-cincinnati-second-class-citizens-fully-accepted Ryan Messer decided he could go home again.<p>Messer was one of a number of gay men of his generation who packed up and left Cincinnati, a city with a history of official discrimination, for friendlier cities on the coasts.<p>"They still have this Cincinnati group in San Diego," he says. "They're doing great things, and we lost that talent."<p>But the city charter, which blocked legal protections for gays and lesbians up until a decade ago, has since been amended.<p>"When I was 23, we were such a novelty," Messer says. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 58754 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Gays In Cincinnati: From Second-Class Citizens To Fully Accepted