5:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Differs From Other States

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:00 pm

Nineteen other states have religious freedom laws, and there's even a federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Garrett Epps, professor of law at the University of Baltimore, who wrote about what separates Indiana's legislation from the others for The Atlantic.

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The Two-Way
4:09 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

California Governor Issues 1st-Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions

Morning traffic makes its way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway, past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. California Gov. Jerry Brown introduced the state's first mandatory water reduction measure this week.
Richard Vogel AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:03 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown instituted California's first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions on Wednesday, as the state endures its fourth year of drought.

"This historic drought demands unprecedented action," Brown said, mandating several new conservation measures:

  • A reduction in water use by 25 percent for California cities and towns.
  • New pricing structures by local water agencies to encourage conservation.
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The Two-Way
10:24 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmakers For Changes To 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks in the Governor's Conference Room at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 12:38 pm

Updated at 11:59 a.m. ET

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he has asked the state's lawmakers for changes to the "religious freedom" bill passed Tuesday.

Critics of the measure say it allows businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians. Supporters say it advances religious freedom.

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10:18 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Indiana Law: Sorting Fact From Fiction From Politics

Opponents of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act rallied against the legislation at the Indiana State House on Saturday.
Doug McSchooler AP

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 4:05 pm

The culture wars are always percolating beneath the surface in presidential politics — until something or someone pushes them to the surface.

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8:11 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Headlines: Doctor Shopping, Stillwater Drilling & Energy Jobs

Headlines for Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill to crack down on prescription drug abuse. (NewsOK)

  • Two Stillwater city counselors say they got an ultimatum by energy lobbyists to delay a vote on a drilling ban. (Tulsa World)

  • A Stillwater lawmaker says a bill dealing with earthquakes in Oklahoma protects the energy industry. (Tulsa World)

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US News
7:14 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Don't Want Marijuana Going To People On Welfare

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 5:22 pm

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

New Mix: Tidal, Sufjan Stevens & Eskimeaux

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the megastar-led subscription music streaming service Tidal, the personal inspiration of Sufjan Stevens' new album, and the forthcoming full-length debut of indie-pop band Eskimeaux.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

The Two-Way
5:26 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Despite Criticism, Arkansas Passes Religious Freedom Bill

Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock (center), leads protesters outside the House chamber at the Arkansas Capitol in Little Rock on Monday.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:14 pm

Despite criticism and protests, Arkansas legislators passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to the one passed by Indiana.

NBC News reports:

"Protesters gathered outside the governor's mansion in Little Rock on Tuesday morning. A final vote in the state House could come later in the day.

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3:16 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

What The 2016 Hopefuls Are Saying About Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

Opponents of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act gathered in front of the Indiana State House Saturday.
Doug McSchooler AP

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 4:00 pm

A controversial law in Indiana has made its way into the 2016 presidential race. Supporters praise the Religious Freedom Restoration Act's for protecting religious convictions, but the law has drawn wide criticism from those who say it allows businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian patrons.

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8:03 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Live From Small Town America: Teachers Who Blog To Stay In Touch

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 1:53 pm

Katie Morrow became a teacher, among other things, because of wanderlust.

"I'm going to be a teacher because I can go anywhere in the world," she thought.

She's originally from a small town in Nebraska called O'Neill, population 3,700. "In the middle of nowhere, literally," she says.

So where did she end up teaching? Right back in O'Neill. She fell in love with a hometown boy and ended up at O'Neill's only public school. It's K-12, with 750 students.

Morrow teaches middle-school English; she's also a technology integration specialist.

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