Headlines
8:29 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Headlines: VA Shutdown, Jail Sewage & OKC Fest

Headlines for Thursday, June 25, 2015:

  • Staff shortages force the Oklahoma City VA hospital to close its heart surgery program again. (NewsOK)

  • The political director of the state Republican Party resigns amidst controversy. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz is challenging the petition calling for a grand jury investigation of his office. (Tulsa World)

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Alabama Governor Orders Removal Of Confederate Flags From Capitol

State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala.
Martin Swant AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 2:07 pm

The Confederate battle flag and three other symbols of the Confederacy were taken down Wednesday from the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, Ala., after their removal was ordered by Gov. Robert Bentley amid a growing backlash against the symbols following last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina.

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Headlines
8:04 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Sheriff Petition, Uber Law & Adventure District Hotel

Headlines for Wednesday, June 24, 2015:

  • A petition seeking a grand jury investigation of Tulsa’s Sheriff gets certified. (Tulsa World)

  • Senator Inhofe hopes to get more money for Oklahoma roads. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsan at center of SCOTUS ruling gets praise from President Obama. (Tulsa World)

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

New Mix: Kacey Musgraves, a Talking Heads Cover & Superhumanoids

Kacey Musgraves

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

Today, we have new witty country songs from Kacey MusgravesIron and Wine and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) covering a Talking Heads song from 1983, and driving bass lines mixed with heavy synth sounds from Superhumanoids.

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

Here & Now
3:28 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Number Of Uninsured Americans Dropped Significantly In 2014

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 3:28 pm

The number of uninsured Americans fell significantly in 2014, the first year that people were able to apply for subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

According to a new survey out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the shift was particularly notable among Americans living near or below the poverty line, and among black Americans.

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Local News
12:45 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Oklahoma Heat Causes Danger

As the heat index climbs into the triple digits, the state health department is urging Oklahomans to stay in air conditioned locations.

Laswanique Gray provides tips to anyone who needs to go outside.

"Wear a hat to cover your head and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, sunscreen is a must and sunglasses if you can. Drink plenty of water. Take plenty of breaks."

To avoid hyperthermia or overheating, Laswanique recommends drinking two to four glasses of water an hour.

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Politics
12:25 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Republicans Don't Have A Plan Yet To Replace Obamacare Subsidies

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on March 4. The Supreme Court is considering the case of King v. Burwell, which could determine the fate of health care subsidies for millions of people.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:03 pm

As the Supreme Court edges closer to issuing an opinion that could deal a blow to the federal health exchange operating in more than 30 states, Democrats have sounded a warning to their colleagues on the other side: Be careful what you wish for.

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JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Honoring Those Who Stand in for Absentee Fathers

Generation Xers from broken homes might have difficulty celebrating Fathers’ Day especially if their dads weren’t around much while they were growing up.

But, in this week’s Jen X, Jennifer Dennis-Smith says maybe those with absentee dads just need to look to their mothers to see who should be celebrated.

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

Headlines
8:26 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Headlines: Budget Challenge, Williams' Buyout & Ice Cream Sales

Headlines for Tuesday, June 23, 2015:

  • Racist pamphlets get distributed in a northeast Oklahoma town days after the Charleston shootings. (Thomasville Times-Enterprise)

  • An Oklahoma City attorney calls a portion of the upcoming state budget a Ponzi scheme. (Tulsa World)

  • Southern Oklahoma residents still dealing with remnants of Hurricane Bill. (NewsOK)

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US News
5:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

How Fracking Is Fueling A Power Shift From Coal To Gas

Bill Pentak of Panda Power Funds (left), Plant Manager John Martin (center) and Construction Manager Rob Risher (right) stand in front of the construction site for the new Panda Liberty gas power plant in Towanda, Penn. The plant, expected to come online in early 2016, was deliberately sited on top of the Marcellus Shale to take advantage of the cheap, abundant gas.
Marie Cusick WITF

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:10 am

When you flip on a light switch, odds are, you're burning coal. But as the fracking boom continues to unleash huge quantities of natural gas, the nation's electric grid is changing. Power plants are increasingly turning to this low-cost, cleaner-burning fossil fuel.

Bill Pentak stands in the middle of a construction site, looking up at his company's latest project towering overhead — a new natural gas power plant.

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