The Two-Way
4:42 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

An Asteroid Is Passing Very Close To Earth Today. Here's How To See It

Asteroid 2004 BL86 will be visible in parts of the sky tonight. Visibility is expected to peak around 9 p.m. ET, as shown in this NASA graphic.
Sky & Telescope

By the time you read this post, asteroid 2004 BL86 will already have come as close to us as it's going to get as it flies by Earth. At about 11:19 a.m. ET today, it was nearly 745,000 miles away from our planet. That's only about three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

But don't worry, you may still be able to catch a glimpse of the huge hunk of rock tonight.

When and how can I see the asteroid?

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Local News
11:22 am
Mon January 26, 2015

AG Pruitt Files for Stays Pending SCOTUS Review of Execution Protocol

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed an application for stays of execution before the United States Supreme Court Monday morning.

The Attorney General has asked for the stays of execution of three death row inmates until a resolution in the State’s favor of the U.S. Supreme Court action in Glossip v. Gross, the petition for review the Supreme Court accepted last week, or until the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has obtained a viable alternative of drugs for use ­in the executions.

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Headlines
8:19 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Headlines: TPS Superintendent, Solar Power & More OHP Troopers

Headlines for Monday, January 26, 2015:

  • The Tulsa School Board is taking more time to decide on a new superintendent. (Tulsa World)

  • Solar power isn’t trending so well in Oklahoma. (Journal Record)

  • An increase in pay for troopers results in more recruits. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
6:03 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Supreme Court Agrees To Rule On Constitutionality Of Execution Drug Cocktail

Bottles of the sedative midazolam, which is at issue in the Oklahoma death row prisoners' lawsuit. The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the drug is effective at preventing unconstitutional suffering.
AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 6:23 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to review Oklahoma's method of execution by lethal injection. The justices agreed to hear the Oklahoma case a week after refusing to halt another execution that used the same drug formula.

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Politics
10:06 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Senate Says Climate Change Real, But Not Really Our Fault

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was the only senator to vote against an amendment calling climate change "real and not a hoax."
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 2:20 pm

Breathtakingly broad as its jurisdiction may be, the U.S. Senate does not usually vote on the validity of scientific theories.

This week, it did. And science won. The Senate voted that climate change is real, and not a hoax. The vote was 98-1.

The vote was about an amendment to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The near-unanimity of the climate change judgment was notable, because so many senators have cast doubt on ideas of "global warming."

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State of the Union, Medicaid Expansion & Teacher Pay

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and, sitting in for Ryan Kiesel, Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt.

The trio discusses the President's State of the Union Address, the decision by the Governor to not use Medicaid Expansion money for low income Oklahomans and raising teacher pay.

They also talk about possible cuts in the energy sector and Republicans outnumber Democrats for the first time in state history.

Headlines
7:55 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Headlines: Flu Deaths, Guns for Lawmakers & Cold Beer

Headlines for Friday, January 23, 2015:

  • Health officials are still urging people to get the flu shots as the death toll rises. (NewsOK)

  • A bill under consideration this year would allow lawmakers to carry guns into the capitol. (Journal Record)

  • A state lawmaker is crafting legislation allowing liquor stores to refrigerate high point-beer. (Tulsa World)

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All Tech Considered
8:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Police Departments Issuing Body Cameras Discover Drawbacks

A Philadelphia police officer demonstrates a body-worn camera being used as part of a pilot project last December.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 1:03 pm

Wearable video cameras are fast becoming standard-issue gear for American police. The cameras promise a technological answer to complaints about racial bias and excessive force.

But in fact, the beneficial effects of body cameras are not well-established yet. And the police departments that rushed to buy them are now dealing with some unintended consequences.

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Local News
6:05 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Senator Bice Authors Measure to Allow Sale of Cold High-Point Beer

State Senator Stephanie Bice

State Sen. Stephanie Bice has filed legislation that would allow retail liquor stores to sell refrigerated high-point beer in Oklahoma.

Bice says this change is something Oklahomans have increasingly been asking for.

Currently, high-point beer can only be sold at room temperature and only in liquor retail stores. Consumers would still have to purchase high-point beer at liquor stores, but under Senate Bill 383, the stores would have the option to use refrigeration.

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The Two-Way
2:05 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

House Approves Bill That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 3:11 pm

A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for "any abortion" or for "health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion" has been approved by the House.

The bill passed by a vote of 242-179. Titled the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015, it was introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., and others, including Speaker John Boehner.

Its stipulations include:

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