Health
11:01 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

Where are the health insurance deals? On the exchanges, many small businesses have concluded.
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Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 12:57 pm

For two decades Atlanta restaurant owner Jim Dunn offered a group health plan to his managers and helped pay for it. That ended Dec. 1, after the Affordable Care Act made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

Subsidies under the health law for workers to buy their own coverage combined with years of rising costs in the company plan made dropping the plan an obvious — though not easy — choice.

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Local News
8:25 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Headlines: Violent Criminals Released, New OKC Tower & Armed Lawmakers

Headlines for Monday, December 15, 2014:

  • Policy changes at the Department of Corrections result in the early release of hundreds of violent criminals and sex offenders. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • The architects who built the Devon Tower want to build a new 27-story building in downtown. (NewsOK)

  • A bill under consideration this spring allows lawmakers to carry guns anywhere including college campuses and the State Capitol. (Tulsa World)

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Business
7:16 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Texas Braces For A Drop In Production After Oil Prices Fall

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Politics
4:19 am
Mon December 15, 2014

'Warning Shot': Sen. Warren On Fighting Banks, And Her Political Future

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. (right), a member of the Senate banking committee, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House financial services committee, express their outrage to reporters that a $1.1 trillion spending bill that was passed in Congress contains changes to the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that regulates complex financial instruments known as derivatives.
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Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 6:20 pm

Updated at 9:30 a.m. ET

Sen. Elizabeth Warren failed to stop a change in bank regulations last weekend, but she raised her profile yet again.

The Massachusetts Democrat tells NPR that her fight over a provision in a spending bill was a "warning shot." She intends to continue her fight against what she describes as the power of Wall Street, even though that fight brought her to oppose leaders of her own party.

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Politics
8:12 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 2:21 pm

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Around the Nation
6:16 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Do Guns On The Premises Make Workplaces Safer?

In 2010, Omar Thornton killed eight colleagues in Manchester, Conn., before killing himself. Private employers used to create their own rules about guns on their property. But over the past five years, many states have adopted laws that allow employees to keep firearms in their vehicles at work.
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Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 8:49 am

This year, Tennessee joined 21 other states that allow employees to leave guns in their cars in the office parking lot. The laws have left many employers debating how best to ensure safety at work.

After Georgia passed its law allowing employees to keep firearms in their employers' parking lots, Sally Roberts installed a sign on her newspaper firm's door. It read: "No Weapons Allowed."

A job candidate once threatened her, says Roberts, human resources director at Morris Communications. "She did become violent, and I'm very thankful she did not have a weapon."

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Scott Pruitt's Alliance with Energy Companies

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the New York Times article alleging a secret alliance between Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt and energy companies.


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Local News
8:09 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Headlines: Douglass Season Ends, Oil Prices & Tribal Pot

Headlines for Friday, December 12, 2014:

  • The football season ends for Douglass High School after a ruling yesterday from a district judge. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma economists are revising their outlook for the state with the drop in oil prices. (Journal Record)

  • Influenza in our state kills two people and hospitalizes 94 as health officials see an increase in flu activity. (NewsOK)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:44 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Risk Associated With Dam Failures Grows in Oklahoma, But Safety Funding Lags

Families and a fisherman along the spillway beneath Broken Bow Dam in southeastern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has nearly 5,000 dams, more than most other states. When they were built, they were classified based on the risk their failure would pose to people and property.

But for many dams, it’s been decades since that risk was evaluated, and the potential hazard has changed because Oklahoma has changed. There are houses, roads and people where there weren’t before.

How did Oklahoma get so far behind in the dam reclassification game?

Mainly, the cost. Reclassifying dams into proper categories — low, significant or high-hazard, if loss of life could result in a dam’s failure — is expensive and time consuming. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board oversees the state’s dam safety program, and Director Yohanes Sugeng is trying to meet a pressing public safety need without a lot of money.

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Carless in OKC
9:29 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The Impact of Cars on the Environment

People who choose to go without a vehicle in Oklahoma City choose bicycles as an alternative form of transportation.

In this week’s Carless in OKC, John and Elizabeth Tankard talk about how motorists can keep cyclists safe.


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