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Tuesday, January 9, 2001

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  • Oklahoma to Execute First of Eight This Month

    Tonight, Oklahoma is scheduled to execute Eddie Trice. He will be the first eight executions in the state this month. Oklahoma has 134 inmates on Death Row including include 74 whites, 43 African Americans, four Hispanics, and 11 Native Americans.

  • Chavez Criticized for Anti-Labor Stands and, Along with Christi Whitman, for Possibly Hiring An Undocumented Immigrant

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  • Black Caucus Walks Out On Bush Certification

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  • Labor Leader Questions Chavez’s Qualifications for Secretary of Labor

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  • Reporter Who Witnessed Pine Ridge Shoot Out Calls for Presidential Clemency

    Today, we continue our talk with reporter Kevin McKiernan, the only reporter present during the 1975 shootings at the Pine Ridge Reservation that resulted in the deaths of two FBI agents and one Native American. In Sunday’s Los Angeles Times,’ McKiernan called on President Clinton to commute the life sentence of Native American activist Leonard Peltier.