Local News
4:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Legislators Explore Gas as Execution Option

Rep. Mike Christian (R - Oklahoma City)

Oklahoma legislators are exploring the option of executing condemned inmates with nitrogen gas.

A formal interim study requested by Oklahoma City Republican Mike Christian was held Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Christian is a staunch supporter of the death penalty who says he plans to draft a bill on the matter for next year's Legislature, which begins in February.

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Enterovirus D68
3:45 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Rare Virus Confirmed in Oklahoma

Credit cdc.gov

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says a virus causing respiratory illness in children has been confirmed in Oklahoma.

The department says enterovirus D68 is a relatively rare virus. It had been confirmed in 11 other states, including Missouri, Kansas and Colorado.

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Around the Nation
10:38 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Homeless Vets: They're Not Just Single Men Anymore

Alexander Morales, who served in the Army in the 1970s, with his family: wife Roberta; Elvia, 7, Elena, 8, and Elvira, 7 (in front), and Ruben Verdugo, 13, and Aaron D. Huerta, 17 (in back). Morales' family has been going for years to the Stand Down event in San Diego, where veterans receive assistance.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 5:33 pm

Every summer for 27 years, a small tent city has popped up in San Diego. "Stand Down" is a three-day oasis for homeless veterans, with showers, new clothes, hot meals, medical help, legal aid and a booth set up for every housing program in the city.

Increasingly, the event needs ways to keep children entertained.

"They've got the kids zone and everything. My kids live out here very happy. They're looking forward to it from last year," says Alex Morales, who served in the Army in the 1970s.

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World News
10:37 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

The Saltire, the flag of Scotland, flies near the Union Jack in Gretna in Scotland. Some economists say Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts.
Andy Buchanan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 4:37 pm

Does news of Scotland's independence vote make your eyelids feel heavy?

Americans may feel a yawn coming on when told of a political squabble playing out in a distant land less populated than metro Atlanta.

But economists say this Thursday's vote is no snoozer. You may wake up to find its outcome has triggered another global financial upheaval.

To understand the risks to your economic health, let's first review a couple of basics:

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JenX
8:48 am
Tue September 16, 2014

A Different View of Home Economics

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In Oklahoma, it’s not uncommon to see panhandlers -- people who’ve fallen on hard times, asking for help on the side of the street.  Many of them have no permanent place to live.  On this week’s JenX, Jennifer Dennis Smith looks at homelessness in Oklahoma from a mother’s perspective.


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Your Money
5:17 am
Tue September 16, 2014

With Debt Collection, Your Bank Account Could Be At Risk

Conrad Goetzinger and Cassandra Rose struggle to pay their bills as $760 is garnished from their paychecks every two weeks by debt collectors. Twice, Goetzinger's bank account has been emptied by collectors after he failed to payoff a loan for a laptop.
Eric Francis AP for ProPublica

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 8:36 am

Kari Fiotti moved back to Omaha, Neb., in 2009 after a decade living in Italy. She had divorced her husband and returned to the U.S. to start a new life.

Then, Fiotti, 44, took a pricey fall.

"When I came back, I fell and I broke my wrist without insurance," she says.

Her doctor, she says, rejected her offer to make partial payments. So, like millions of Americans, her debt — which had grown to $1,640 with interest and fees — was turned over to collectors.

Fiotti soon learned how hard they would try to collect her unpaid bills.

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Energy
3:43 am
Tue September 16, 2014

With U.S. Oil Supply Climbing, Some Call For End To Export Ban

Pump jacks are seen in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation near Lost Hills, Calif. Much of the U.S. oil industry wants to lift an export ban that followed the 1970s energy crisis.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:37 am

An oil drilling boom that has made the U.S. the world's leading oil and petroleum product producer has some people urging an end to the four-decade ban on exporting domestic crude.

Some in the oil industry are launching a campaign to lift the ban, and they hope to win over a skeptical public.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
10:56 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Moore's Rush To Rebuild Left Hundreds Of Homes With A Lesser Building Code

The City of Moore's Shane Speegle inspects one home that is subject to the city's newer, more stringent building code.
Kate Carlton Greer Oklahoma Tornado Project

This March, Moore, Oklahoma became the first city in the nation to adopt a tornado-specific building code. City officials wanted homes to be able to withstand an EF-2 or EF-3 tornado.

But six months after the new regulations took effect, it turns out not all new homes built in the tornado’s path will have these upgrades.

Last week, on a block near Moore’s rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary School, city official Shane Speegle walked through one house that had just been framed to check the progress.

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Local News
10:53 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Oklahoma City Memorial Reopening Tuesday With New Exhibits and Artifacts

The new overlook at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.
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A key piece of evidence, hundreds of oral testimonies and new artifacts to attract a younger generation of visitors will be unveiled tomorrow at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

The additions are part of the second and third phrase of a nearly $8 million project to enhance the structure with new artifacts and exhibits.

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23rd & Lincoln
8:17 am
Mon September 15, 2014

A View of Sotomayor's Oklahoma Visit

Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Credit Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Last week, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke at three Oklahoma universities.

In this week’s 23rd and Lincoln, The Journal Record’s Marie Price explains how she was more interested in Sotomayor's personal story than that of a Supreme Court Justice.


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