The Two-Way
9:47 am
Sun August 2, 2015

President Obama To Unveil Tough Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

A close carbon-fired power plant outside Helper, Utah.
George Frey Landov

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 10:18 am

Calling it the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," President Obama said his administration would unveil the final version of a proposal aimed at curbing the amount of carbon pollution put out by power plants.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that the new regulations are actually tougher than the ones unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency in a draft proposal in June of 2014.

Read more
US News
8:59 am
Sun August 2, 2015

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

U.S. Marines arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Air Base on Aug. 21, 1990. The U.S. began a buildup in the region just days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 of that year. The U.S. military has been active in Iraq virtually nonstop for the past quarter-century.
Gerard Fouet AFP/Getty Images

It started so well. When Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, the United States swiftly cobbled together a broad coalition, unleashed a stunning new generation of air power and waged a lightning ground offensive that lasted all of four days. Iraqi troops were so desperate to quit that some surrendered to Western journalists armed only with notebooks.

Read more
US News
6:37 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Juvenile Justice System Failing Native Americans, Studies Show

Sgt. Barbara Johnson and Corrections Lt. Robbin Preston run the Tuba City Juvenile Detention Center on the Navajo Nation.
Laurel Morales NPR

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:53 pm

State courts are twice as likely to incarcerate Native teens for minor crimes such as truancy and alcohol use than any other racial and ethnic group, according to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. And juvenile detention facilities around the country have a disproportionately high number of Native American youth, according to an Indian Law and Order Commission report.

Read more
NPR Ed
9:03 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Measuring The Power Of A Prison Education

White House staff walk into the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:15 am

The Obama administration Friday is taking a small step toward expanding adult prisoners' access to federal Pell grants. The money would help pay for college-level classes behind bars.

Read more
Headlines
8:17 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Headlines: Voter Registration, GED Tests & OU Football Rankings

Headlines for Friday, July 31, 2015:

  • The state of Oklahoma is changing its voter registration policies to avoid a lawsuit. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa officials are considering proposals to privatize the jail. (Tulsa World)

  • State and federal cuts to health agencies are affecting services in northeast Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

Read more
StateImpact Oklahoma
12:51 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Why Solar Energy is Growing Slowly in Oklahoma

Mary Fallin meets with a worker at a July 2015 event commemorating Oklahoma Gas & Electric's new solar farm in Oklahoma City.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is synonymous with energy. It’s a major oil and gas state and one of the country’s leaders in wind power. But Oklahoma has been slow on solar energy, and experts say that’s because of state policy — not the sun.

SOLAR ‘SCIENCE EXPERIMENT’

Lawmakers, local business and community leaders, and workers in hardhats on July 27 gathered beneath a tent to celebrate the opening of a new solar power project in west Oklahoma City.

The guest of honor, Gov. Mary Fallin, arrived in an electric Nissan Leaf and made a few short remarks.

Adding “solar power into our energy mix in our state is truly a great accomplishment and something I’m very excited to see,” Fallin said, before throwing a fake switch and ceremoniously “energizing” Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s new solar farm.

Read more
Headlines
8:35 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Headlines: Graduation Rates Drop, Planned Parenthood Funding & Tattoo Regrets

Headlines for Thursday, July 30, 2015:

  • Oklahoma is seeing a drop in high school graduation rates statewide. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Collections to Oklahoma’s general revenue drop again. (Tulsa World)

  • Unemployment in Oklahoma City rises for third straight month. (NewsOK)

Read more
Oklahoma Gazette
8:05 am
Thu July 30, 2015

A Decade of Tattoos in Oklahoma

It’s been ten years since the state made tattooing legal and this week’s Oklahoma Gazette cover story looks at some regrets people might have had after inking themselves a decade ago.

Reporter Greg Elwell says what was cool in 2006 just isn’t the same today.

Elwell reminds us that tattooing on hands and face remains illegal in Oklahoma.

You can pick up the Oklahoma Gazette at more than 800 metro rack locations. The cover story goes live on okgazette.com tomorrow.

NPR Ed
4:36 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Pell Grants For Prisoners: An Old Argument Revisited

President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
Kevin Lamarque Landov

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 4:59 pm

It's an old and controversial question: Should federal Pell grants be used to help prisoners pay for college?

Tomorrow, at a prison in Jessup, Md., Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to unveil a program to do just that. The new plan would create a limited pilot program allowing some students in prison to use Pell grants to pay for college classes.

The key word there is "limited" — because there's only so much the administration can do. To understand why, we have to go back to November 1993.

Read more
US News
12:42 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Oklahoma's U.S. Senators Continue Crusade Against Planned Parenthood

U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) speaking during Tuesday's Students for Life rally at the U.S. Capitol.
Provided U.S. Sen. James Lankford

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:06 pm

Updated July 30, 12:01 p.m.

Republican U.S. Senators discussed legislation Wednesday that would block federal money from going to Planned Parenthood and send those funds to other organizations that provide healthcare services for women.

Read more

Pages