The Two-Way
10:39 am
Thu April 23, 2015

U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

President Obama expresses his condolences today to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:31 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

President Obama offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Both men were held hostage by al-Qaida.

"I take full responsibility for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qaida," Obama said.

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Headlines
8:25 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Headlines: Same Sex Bill, Nursing Home Lawsuits & Coach Brooks Gone

Headlines for Thursday, April 23, 2015:

  • A Tulsa judge considers his own recusal in the case against a Sheriff’s reserve deputy. (Tulsa World)

  • A couple of bill targeting same sex marriage cases heads to the Governor. (Tulsa World)

  • The State House moves forward with a bill to ban local governments from ordinances on drilling. (NewsOK)

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Environment
4:25 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, gestures to a chart of Oklahoma earthquakes in June 2014 as he talks about recent earthquake activity at his offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The state had three times as many earthquakes as California last year.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:25 pm

A magnitude-3.0 earthquake is small, but most people can feel it. Historically, Oklahoma got less than two of those a year, but in 2013 it became two a week.

It's only gotten more active since then — last year, the state had three times as many earthquakes as in the entire seismically active state of California.

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Politics
7:06 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Visiting The Everglades, Obama Takes Swipe At Climate Change Deniers

"Part of the reason we're here is because climate change is threatening this treasure and the communities that depend on it," Obama said Wednesday of his visit to Everglades National Park in Florida. "If we don't act, there may not be an Everglades as we know it."
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

President Obama used the backdrop of the Florida Everglades this Earth Day to highlight the dangers posed by a changing climate. He also took a swipe at Florida's Republican governor, who's been accused of discouraging state workers from discussing global warming.

"Climate change can no longer be denied," Obama said. "It can't be edited out. It can't be omitted from the conversation. And action can no longer be delayed."

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Sports
6:07 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Coach Scott Brooks After 7 Years

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired coach Scott Brooks.

The team made the announcement Wednesday.

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School Suspensions
4:48 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Oklahoma City Public Schools Discipline Audit Finds Inconsistencies, Prompts Changes

Last fall, the Office of Civil Rights filed a complaint against Oklahoma City Public Schools, saying the district suspended black and Hispanic students at a higher rate than others. This prompted the district to investigate their discipline practices. The results of that investigation came out Monday. 

Rob Neu, who is the superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, told reporters on Tuesday  that the results of the discipline audit were worse than he expected.

“When I see the number of students suspended and the length of time that they’re being suspended—I have great concern.”

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Here & Now
1:47 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Geologists Link Oklahoma Earthquakes To Fracking Waste Disposal

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:24 pm

The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is “very likely” that most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.

Geologists have been studying the cause of hundreds of earthquakes that have shaken the homes and the nerves of residents in central and north-central Oklahoma, where the pace of oil and gas drilling has accelerated in recent years.

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Headlines
8:08 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Headlines: Injection Wells, Deputy Plea & Poop

Headlines for Wednesday, April 22, 2015:

  • Report shows racial disparity in discipline of OKC School Students. (NewsOK)
     
  • Geological Survey links injection wells with earthquakes. (State Impact)
     
  • A delay by the Stillwater City Council on regulations over drilling is raising concerns among residents in the area.  (KFOR)

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Law
6:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Too Often, Some Say, Volunteer Officers Just Want To Play Cop

Robert Bates (left), a Tulsa County, Okla., reserve deputy, leaves his arraignment Tuesday with his attorney. Bates fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, raising alarms about volunteer police officers who wear badges and carry guns.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:21 pm

Bob Ball is a real estate investor in Portland, Ore., but that's just his day job. For the past 20 years, he has also been a volunteer cop.

"When I was new, it was the best time of my life. I got to go out there and wear a white hat and help people and make a difference in my community, one little piece at a time," Ball says. "That's a very, very fulfilling thing to do."

This is real police work. On one occasion, Ball had to pull his gun on a guy threatening a woman with a knife.

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Energy
6:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Researchers Fly Over Shale Fields To Study Air Pollution

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