In the Know: May 2, 2014

  • In the Know Reporter: Laicie Heeley
  • In the Know Reporter: Brooke Klauer

“The President and the Vice President both strongly called for greater transparency and a movement across the country for us to change campus cultures so that we are making sure that all of our students are safe.” Catherine Lhamon, U.S. Department of Education, addressing why the federal government has now named the colleges and universities that are facing investigations into the handling of sexual assault on their campuses

NATION
Oklahoma’s execution procedures will be subject to closer scrutiny after the botched execution of a death row inmate, and the incident has renewed the national debate over the death penalty.

The slow-moving storm system that has made its way across the Plains and the Deep South leaving 39 dead in its wake is almost over. Forecasters dropped flood watches and warnings in many places while still warning of the potential for continued minor flooding.

 

WORLD
Russia isn’t backing down. The big concern now is, will Putin stop with Ukraine? US troops have been deployed to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to head off fears of a Russian invasion.

Two weeks have gone by since militants seized about 230 girls in the dead of the night at a high school in the nation’s far northeast, a hotbed for Islamist group Boko Haram; Nigerians have rallied for days to criticize the government’s handling of the rescue efforts.

 

POLITICS
The White House released a report that calls on private companies to disclose the information they’re gathering from their customers online. “You are shedding data everywhere,” said the report’s author, senior White House adviser John D. Podesta.

A Senate proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 was defeated 54 to 42 this week. Democrats say the increase would help the economy, But Republicans disagree, and it’s likely to be a major topic of debate this election year.

 

BUSINESS
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February, more disappointing news for an economy that is supposed to be gaining momentum.

 

HEALTH
Heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, stroke and accidental injuries are the five leading causes of death in the U.S., the CDC released in a study on Thursday. The study also found that 20 percent to 40 percent of deaths from each cause could be prevented.

 

WOMEN’S AFFAIRS
The White House has released the names of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for potential violations of a law that prohibits gender discrimination at colleges that receive federal money. The investigation, which includes schools like Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Boston University, focuses on the handling of sexual assault cases.