The Two-Way
5:20 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

House Sends Keystone XL Pipeline Measure To Obama Despite Veto Threat

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., left, clasps hands with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., sponsor of the Senate's Keystone XL pipeline bill version, on Wednesday as lawmakers gather to urge President Obama to sign the legislation approving expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The House passed the Senate's version of the bill Wednesday afternoon.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 7:55 pm

Updated at 5:44 p.m.

The House, in a 270-152 vote today, approved the Keystone XL pipeline project and sent the measure to President Obama who has said he will veto it.

NPR's Juana Summers tells our Newscast unit this isn't likely to be the last standoff between the GOP-controlled Congress and the White House on energy issues. They are also likely to clash on the president's climate rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution.

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US News
4:36 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Obama: War Powers Resolution Does Not Signal New Ground War For U.S.

President Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, announces he has asked Congress for a war powers resolution against ISIS.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images News

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 5:51 pm

Flanked by his vice president and the secretaries of state and defense, President Obama said he was asking Congress for authorization to launch a war against the so-called Islamic State.

Obama made clear that the draft authorization sent to the legislators does not signal a new ground war for the United States in the Middle East.

"I do not believe this nation is benefited ... by being on a perpetual war footing," Obama said.

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Local News
3:13 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Oklahoma House Committee Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

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Oklahomans would be prohibited from texting while driving under legislation approved by a state House committee.

The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 11-0 Wednesday to send the measure to the full House for debate and a vote.

The bill by Republican Rep. Terry O'Donnell of Tulsa would prohibit a motorist from operating a motor vehicle while texting, emailing or using instant messaging on an electronic device while the vehicle is in motion.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Wed February 11, 2015

White House Asks Congress For War Powers To Fight ISIS

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:26 am

In a move that is sure to set off a new round of debate over how the U.S. should fight ISIS, the Obama administration has sent Congress a request for formal authorization to use military force against the extremist group.

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7:39 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Headlines: Earthquake Lawsuit, Election Results & Immunizations

Headlines for Wednesday, February 11, 2015:

  • A Prague earthquake victim files a lawsuit against two energy companies. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City moves one step closer to providing tax money for a concert venue. (Journal Record)

  • The number of Oklahoma parents choosing to not vaccinate their kids is rising. (NewsOK)
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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Chelsea Manning To Be 'Guardian' Columnist

In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 11:53 am

Updated at 11:33 a.m., Wednesday

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for being behind the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, will write an opinion column for The Guardian's U.S. website, the site's editor-in-chief said.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

New Mix: Beau Jennings, Other Lives & JD McPherson

Beau Jennings

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 music from three Oklahoma acts—a concept album from Beau Jennings, a slight shift in sound for Other Lives, and a strong new album from JD McPherson.

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

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Around the Nation
5:33 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

After Ruling, Alabama Faces Hodgepodge Of Same-Sex Marriage Policies

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

Gay rights advocates have asked a federal court to order probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Meanwhile, some couples staged a sit-in, of sorts, outside the Mobile County courthouse.

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US News
5:17 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

The James C. Nance Memorial Bridge, which connects Purcell and Lexington, Okla., is closed for repair in March 2014. A handful of states have raised their gas taxes in part to fund transportation projects like bridge and road repairs.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

A dozen states are considering something that was rarely discussed a few years ago: raising gas taxes. Low prices at the pump have emboldened state officials to think about raising new revenue to repair crumbling roads and bridges.

It's a scene that's all too familiar in much of the country — construction workers performing emergency repairs on a bridge. In Franklin Township, N.J., one bridge closed abruptly last month when it was deemed unsafe.

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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

'Drone Shoot-Down Bill' Advances In Oklahoma

Drones fly at the International CES held last month in Las Vegas. In Oklahoma, a state senator has introduced a bill that would allow land-owners to shoot a drone down if it's above their property.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 4:23 pm

A bill that would let property owners shoot down a drone that's over their land has made its way out of a Senate committee in Oklahoma, setting up a potential vote on the matter.

It's unclear whether the legislation has a chance of passage; we're reporting on it here as another facet of the debate over how drones are integrated (and regulated) in modern society.

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