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)

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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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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:12 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

As Authorities Use Permit Process to Scrutinize Wells, Oil Industry Remains Silent

Oil-field workers in November 2014 tending to American Energy-Woodford's Judge South well near Perkins, Okla., shortly after the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered it temporarily shut-in.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

As earthquakes continue to rattle Oklahoma and scientists study links to oil and gas production, many Oklahomans want to know what, if anything, is being done to address the shaking.

An investigation by StateImpact shows that while authorities are quietly scrutinizing wells in quake-prone parts of the state, most of the companies that operate the wells are staying silent.

Marla’s Salon looks like a little house. It has a fence and a yard and a collie keeping watch at the door. Inside, the owner, Marla Stevens, snips and blow-dries. There’s buzzing in the salon, too, including clatter from hair clippers and chatter about earthquakes.

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Carless in OKC
8:50 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Food Deserts Create Problems for Those Without Cars

Credit jlgo.org

Going without a vehicle creates unique problems especially in areas of the city without a grocery store.

John and Elizabeth tackle the issue of urban food deserts in this week’s Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

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