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.

8:24 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Headlines: Texas Pollution, La Luna & Teacher Emergency

Headlines for Thursday, January 22, 2015:

  • Pollution from Texas is invading our airspace and covering a protected southwest mountain range. (Oklahoma Gazette)

  • A popular downtown Mexican restaurant is closing its doors forever. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma stands ready in the event of an Ebola outbreak. (NewsOK)

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Local News
7:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

A List of School Closings

Boise City Public Schools

No School/Essential Personnel Report Today

Boise City Public Schools

No School/Essential Personnel Report Today

Burns Flat-Dill City Public Schools

Closed Today

Canute Public Schools

Closed Today

Cheyenne Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Cordell Public Schools

Closed Today

Elk City Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

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3:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

PublicAffairs Books

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 9:48 am

After a long stretch as the law of the land, annual standardized tests are being put to, well, the test.

This week, the Senate education committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law and, specifically, on testing. The committee's chairman, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has released a draft bill offering a lot more leeway to states in designing their own assessment systems.

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All Songs Considered
2:39 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Viking's Choice: Native Lights, 'Blue Star'

Native Lights
Jeremy Charles / Courtesy of the artist

Sometimes you don't know that you've missed something, like an old friend or a recipe tucked away in a cookbook, until it reappears just when it's needed. In August, I went to see Unwed Sailor's set in Washington, D.C., partly out of nostalgia.

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