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Oklahoma enacts law to protect adoption agencies

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/14/18, 12:30 pm

Oklahoma became the seventh state with a religious liberty law protecting adoption agencies over the weekend. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill that helps protect rights of conscience for adoption and foster care agencies that choose, on religious grounds, not to place children in same-sex or transgender households. Republican state Sen. Greg Treat, the bill’s author, pushed back against critics who said the law discriminated against LGBT adoptive parents. Treat said some faith-based groups were afraid to participate in adoptions for fear of being sued for discrimination.

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Bipartisan banking reform passes in Senate

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/15/18, 10:48 am

The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday to rewrite controversial banking rules. President Barack Obama signed the regulations in 2010 after the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. The law was designed to rein in big banks and protect against a future collapse, but critics said it ran many small banks out of business. “When this bill is signed into law, it will right-size regulation for financial institutions, including community banks and credit unions, making it easier for consumers to get mortgages and to obtain credit,” Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said Wednesday.

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10 U.S. sailors missing following collision near Singapore

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/21/17, 09:06 am

The USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker early Monday morning east of Singapore, ripping a large hole in the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer. Ten sailors are missing and a Singaporean navy helicopter evacuated four others, taking them to a hospital for treatment. The collision happened just after 5 a.m. local time. Vessels and aircraft from the United States, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia are searching for the missing sailors. The collision is the second involving a ship from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in the last two months.

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