Headlines
8:12 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Headlines: Same Sex Marriage, Execution Drug & High-Tech Trash

Headlines for Wednesday, April 29, 2105:

  • The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same sex marriage. (NewsOK)

  • The fate of Oklahoma’s execution drug protocol goes before the high court today. (Tulsa World)

  • A bill designed to reduce prison overcrowding awaits a signature from the Governor. (NewsOK)

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NPR Ed
8:03 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Several Florida School Districts Cut (Way) Back On Tests

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:04 am

Did you hear that?

It's the sound of hundreds of thousands of public school students in Florida breathing sighs of relief.

The state's largest school district, Miami-Dade County, just cut the number of district-created, end-of-course exams it will require from roughly 300 to 10. And even those 10 will be field-tested only, on just a sampling of students.

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Politics
5:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

After Botched Executions, Supreme Court Weighs Lethal Drug Cocktail

Bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City.
AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:39 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in three death penalty cases testing which drug combinations constitute cruel and unusual punishment when used to execute a convicted murderer by lethal injection.

It is the second time in seven years that the justices have looked at the lethal injection question, and it comes after three botched executions over the past year.

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Politics
7:53 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments

Michelle McKelvey (left) and Meg McKelvey sit near demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. They have been together for two years.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 1:41 pm

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed closely divided Tuesday over the question of gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely holding the deciding vote.

Kennedy, who over the past two decades has written the court's three decisions recognizing and expanding gay rights, seemed conflicted on the question of marriage.

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The Two-Way
12:35 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

As Curfew Goes Into Effect, Baltimore Police Clear Defiant Crowds

A man on a bicycle greets Maryland state troopers on Tuesday in the aftermath of rioting in Baltimore.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 am

Updated at 10:55 p.m. ET:

As the curfew declared by Baltimore's mayor goes into effect, a number of protesters — hundreds, according to The Associated Press — are refusing to leave the streets, and are facing off against gathered police officers.

Protesters threw objects at the police when they first advanced on the crowd, and police responded with smoke grenades and flash grenades at about 10:25 p.m.

To the southeast, National Guard troops could be seen stationed in the city's Inner Harbor entertainment district.

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Headlines
8:36 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Headlines: Undersheriff Resigns, New Mascot & Texting/Driving Ban

Headlines for Tuesday, April 28, 2015:

  • More fallout over the shooting death of an unarmed suspect by a reserve deputy: the Tulsa County Undersheriff resigns. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City’s Capitol Hill High School students are voting this week on a new mascot. (NewsOK)

  • House Democrats hold a 25th birthday party for a major education reform measure passed in 1990. (Oklahoma Watch)

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The Two-Way
5:03 am
Tue April 28, 2015

On The Streets Of Baltimore, Trying To Understand The Anger

A police officer watches a corner market burn in the west side of Baltimore.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 3:18 pm

In the early morning, as the cold set in, Anaya Maze stood next to the charred remains of a CVS store.

Holding a sign, she was the only protester left in front of a line of police officers dressed in riot gear. She is petite. Still, she faced the police officers, looking at them intently.

A few steps away were the charred skeletons of two police vehicles, the victims of an unbridled anger that burned its way through the west side of Baltimore.

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Politics
6:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke at the an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting last weekend.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:14 pm

The idea that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage is a good thing for Republicans sounds counterintuitive — after all, the GOP is the party of traditional marriage.

But here's why it might actually be a good thing for the party:

1. Public opinion is changing — at lightning speed.

There's never been a social issue in America on which public attitudes reached a tipping point so quickly.

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Environment
5:45 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

As Oklahoma Agency Pointed to Natural Causes, Staff Suspected Quakes Were Linked to Oil

The Oklahoma Geological Survey on April 21 acknowledged Oklahoma’s ongoing earthquake surge is “very likely” triggered by wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, a formal recognition that comes after years of scientific research that reached similar conclusions.

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The Two-Way
5:08 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Amid Riots, Maryland Governor Will Deploy National Guard To Baltimore

Demonstrators climb on a destroyed Baltimore Police car Monday furing violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old was arrested for possessing a switchblade April 12 outside a west Baltimore housing project, and died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody, according to his attorney.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 12:04 am

(This post was last updated at 11:40 p.m. ET.)

A day of mourning gave way to an evening of riots and looting in Baltimore on Monday, where Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard.

Just hours after Freddie Gray's funeral, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets, burning police cars, looting stores and facing off with police. Television images showed those demonstrators throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at a line of police officers in riot gear.

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