Politics
5:52 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.
Mike Simons Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 8:45 am

Nebraska's Legislature voted Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, overturning Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The state's unicameral legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure in a series of three previous votes.

The repeal comes as other states have experienced complications with new lethal-injection cocktails. But Americans overall still support the practice.

Support for the death penalty has slowly fallen over the past couple of decades, from a high of 80 percent in favor in the mid-1990s to just over 60 percent currently, according to Gallup.

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Around the Nation
5:32 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Oklahoma Hangs On As Heavy Rain Continues To Soak Region

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:11 pm

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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Budget Cuts Affecting OK Roads, Bridges

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahomans in charge of fixing the state’s rural roads and bridges are raising concerns over a state budget cutting $72 million from funding.

Randy Robinson with the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma says the money is designed to replace dilapidated and dangerous bridges across the state.

"That have been around in the 20s and 30s and 40s that are just no longer capable of holding up the loads and holding up the traffic."

Robinson says Oklahoma remains an agricultural state which is dependent on getting products to market.

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Here & Now
2:29 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Gaps Remain In Oklahoma's Spanish Language Weather Warnings

Meteorologist Jesus Lopez demonstrates some of the weather forecasting software at the Telemundo studios in Oklahoma City. (Jacob McCleland/KGOU)

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:29 pm

There have been a number of weather-related deaths in Oklahoma since storms and flooding began on Friday, including a firefighter who died during a water rescue, and a 48-year-old woman who was killed after a tornado struck her home.

Nearly two years ago, a powerful tornado – the widest on record – struck the rural outskirts of Oklahoma City. Fortunately it missed heavily populated areas, but the ensuing flash flood killed 13 people in Oklahoma City, including nine Guatemalan immigrants.

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

U.S. Finalizes Rules To Protect Rivers, Streams From Pollution

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:31 pm

The Obama administration announced new clean water rules Wednesday that it says will protect sources of drinking water for 117 million Americans, rules welcomed by environmental groups, but bitterly opposed by congressional Republicans and farm state democrats.

The rules clarify which waterways fall under the Clean Water Act.

President Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said that in recent years:

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1:04 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Aubrey McClendon: Fracking's Cowboy Rides Again

Forbes reports on former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon and his new company after his ouster, and how he may already be in trouble.
America's wildest wildcatter, Aubrey McClendon, found new life - and new billions - after his spectacular plunge from the top of the oil game. Trouble has already come calling. In early 2013, during his last days as CEO of Chesapeake Energy , Aubrey McClendon was one busy guy.
The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:55 pm

Updated at 5:52 p.m. ET

Lawmakers in Nebraska overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of their vote to repeal the death penalty, making it the first Republican-controlled state in the U.S. to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973. The vote was 30-19.

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Around the Nation
10:38 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Massive Storm System Wreaks Havoc In Texas, Oklahoma And Mexico

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:51 pm

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Headlines
8:08 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Headlines: Storm Damage, Budget Cuts & Education Reforms

Headlines for Wednesday, May 27, 2015:

  • As the death toll for storms in the month of May climb to eleven, President Barack Obama signs a disaster declaration to help those in need. (NewsOK)

  • A washed out road strands some Cleveland County residents. (News9)

  • Two Twin Lakes homes near the Logan County town of Crescent fell into the Cimarron River earlier this week because of the recent rain. (KFOR)

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Politics
5:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

How Will The Next President Protect Our Digital Lives?

An engineer from Cisco shows live wireless traffic to a FedEx employee during a recent security conference in San Francisco.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:45 pm

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

When President Obama took office back in 2009, "cybersecurity" was not a word that everyday people used. It wasn't debated. Then, mega-breaches against consumers, businesses and the federal government changed that.

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