The Two-Way
6:43 am
Wed May 20, 2015

In Speech, Obama Will Cast Climate Change As 'Immediate Risk' To U.S. Security

President Barack Obama speaks at the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on Monday in Camden, N.J.
Chris LaChall AP

During a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy today, President Obama will cast climate change as posing an "immediate risk to our national security."

NPR's Scott Horsley reports Obama is expected to tell graduates that the Coast Guard itself will have to adjust to the effects of rising sea levels. Scott filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Sample Size
9:47 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

New Mix: Letterman, La Luz & D'Angelo

David Letterman

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we celebrate the musical guests of Late Show with David Letterman, and play a disorienting  surf-rock tune from La Luz and a live D'Angelo cover of a Prince song for Spotify.

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

7:06 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

As States Ready Disaster Plans, Feds Urge Them To Consider Climate Change

Demolition crews remove the last remains of a house that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, which battered parts of the East Coast, in 2013.
Wayne Parry AP

The Atlantic hurricane season starts next month — a time when coastal states have their disaster plans at the ready. Now, the federal government wants states to consider the potential effects of climate change in those blueprints.

States lay out strategies for reducing harm from a whole host of calamities that might strike, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, or drought.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, gives states money to mitigate those risks — grants that might help pay for tornado safe rooms, or to elevate buildings in a flood zone, for instance.

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The Two-Way
5:00 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Wanna Go To Fit City? List Ranks America's 50 Fittest Metro Areas

People exercise along the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; the metro area was ranked as America's fittest city for the second year in a row.
Andrew Harnik The Washington Times/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 9:44 am

The new American Fitness Index is out, with some good news and bad news. Five metro areas fell five or more slots; nine others rose by five or more places. The rankings tally several criteria, from rates of smoking, diabetes and obesity to access to parks.

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

As Congress Haggles Over Patriot Act, We Answer 6 Basic Questions

The National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 8:18 pm

The rest of the month is setting up to be pretty dramatic in the Senate.

A key section of the Patriot Act — the part of law the White House uses to conduct mass surveillance on the call records of Americans — is set to expire June 1. That leaves legislators with a big decision to make: Rewrite the statute to outlaw or modify the practice or extend the statute and let the National Security Agency continue with its work.

As the Senate debates, we answer six questions that'll get you up to speed:

1. What's Congress debating here?

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The Two-Way
4:16 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

60 Percent: Record Number Of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage In Poll

The Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage next month; here, Reverend Scott Hopkins, right, of United Methodist Church in Vienna, Va., voices his support of gay marriage as Tracy Grisham, of Amarillo, Texas, voices her disapproval.

Hitting a new all-time high, 60 percent of Americans say they believe marriage between same-sex couples should be recognized by law, with the same rights and privileges as traditional marriages, according to the latest Gallup poll.

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12:53 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Changes Coming for 3rd Grade Reading Test

Third grade teacher, Amanda Neely, working with students at Creek Elementary in Mustang.
Emily Wendler

One way or another, the third grade reading test will be different next school year. The reading committees that lessen the high-stakes nature of the test are slated to dissolve at the end of this school year. But there's a bill in the legislature that could extend them for another three years. However, with that bill comes further changes to the test.

Under Oklahoma’s Reading Sufficiency Act, the third-grade reading test is a high-stakes test. Meaning, if students don’t do well, they could be held back.

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JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Modern Health in Oklahoma

As Generation Xers get older, the idea of health care becomes more and more prevalent.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Dennis Smith brings us the story of two women and their battle with cancer.

Jennifer works as a freelance public relations professional. You can reach her on Twitter at @JenniferDS_APR.

8:37 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Headlines: AG vs. Auditor, Capitol Construction & Record Rainfall

Headlines for Tuesday, May 19, 2015:

  • The Attorney general and State Auditor are battling over allegations at the Tar Creek Superfund site. (NewsOK)

  • The Oklahoma House passes a bill to finish the American Indian Cultural Center. (NewsOK)

  • A board proposal for the popular culture museum known as OKPOP in Tulsa failed to pass by a vote. (Enid News & Eagle)

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US News
8:06 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Supporters Aim To Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation

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Let's meet some people left behind by changing rules of adoption. This story involves some of the thousands of people adopted from abroad into the United States.


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