3:30 am
Wed January 28, 2015

VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

A hospital bed is draped with a flag after a veteran died in the hospice ward at St. Albans VA in Queens, N.Y.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:32 pm

Ask Americans if someone in their family served in the military, and the answer is probably no. After all, fewer than 1 percent of Americans serve these days.

But ask if one of their grandfathers served, and you'll likely get a different answer. Between World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, millions of men were drafted into service — and both men and women volunteered.

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Around the Nation
3:25 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To 'Get Up'

Tony Simmons leads a group of Johns Hopkins University students on a "justice walk" in downtown Baltimore, during which they learn about public policy, providing services, and the connections between income inequality and health.
Gabriella Demczuk for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 10:57 am

This story begins an occasional series about individuals who don't have much money or power but do have a big impact on their communities.

Sometimes, the people you'd least expect are those who do the most. People like Tony Simmons, a homeless man in Baltimore who helps others get off the street. Simmons says he does it as much for himself as for anyone else.

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mix: Mikal Cronin, Tobias Jesso Jr. & Girlpool

Mikal Cronin

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at multi-instrumentalist Mikal Cronin, the throwback sounds of Tobias Jesso Jr., and the intoxicating harmonies of Girlpool.

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5:24 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake

The California Aqueduct carries water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Southern California. It is one of four aqueducts in the region that glide across the San Andreas Fault.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:30 pm

Southern California gets the vast majority of its water from four aqueducts that flow from the north, but all of them cross the San Andreas Fault.

That means millions of people are just one major earthquake away from drying out for a year or more.

"It's a really concerning issue for the city of Los Angeles," says Craig Davis, an engineer with the LA Department of Water and Power, which oversees the LA aqueduct.

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Here & Now
4:51 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Report: All 50 States Failing To Help Abused And Neglected Kids

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:26 pm

A report released by the Children’s Advocacy Institute today shows that all 50 states have failed to meet minimum federal requirements for the care of abused and neglected kids.

The institute’s executive director Robert Fellmeth tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins that even when the federal government finds that a state is not meeting its requirements, not much changes.

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Jen X with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Laundry Keeps Piling Up

In this week’s Jen-X, every year people create New Year’s resolutions.

For some its exercising more or quit smoking.

For Jennifer Dennis-Smith, her resolution has more to deal with home chores.

Jennifer works as a freelance public relations professional.

8:13 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Headlines: Executions, Tax Credits & Anti-Gay Bills

Headlines for Tuesday, January 27, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s attorney general makes an interesting request of the US Supreme Court. (Journal Record)
  • The US Supreme Court declines Oklahoma’s offer to join in an Obama Care lawsuit. (NewsOK)

  • Leaders of the House and Senate are introducing bills to review tax credits every four years. (OK Watch)

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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

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:46 pm

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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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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