Where The Senate Health Care Defeat Leaves Trump, GOP

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET The defeat of the GOP Senate health care bill is a major blow to all Republicans involved. President Trump, whose approval rating is lower than any recent president this early in his term, is now staring at an agenda imperiled. Despite his boasts, he has achieved little of significance through Congress. That failure is compounded by the fact that his party controls both chambers. The position of Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, hailed for all of his senatorial...

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This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay.

In Oklahoma, thousands could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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In light of Friday's meeting between President Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sen. James Lankford on the state of U.S.-Russian diplomacy.

Headlines for Monday, July 10, 2017:

  • A Congressman breaking his pledge and running for a third term faces opposition from his own party. (NewsOK)

  • Voters in south Oklahoma City will decide on a state Senate seat tomorrow. (NewsOK)

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The growing number of wind farms in western Oklahoma is disrupting military flight training, state aeronautics and military officials say.

The problem is concentrated along flight paths used for military training near Vance Air Force Base in Enid and Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Director Victor Bird tells the Tulsa World’s Barbara Hoberock:

Headlines for Friday, July 7, 2017:

  • The State Senate strips leadership from a member accused of assaulting an Uber driver. (Tulsa World)

  • Painkiller prescriptions increase despite state efforts. (NewsOK)

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Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma-based chain of arts and crafts retail stores, has agreed to pay a $3 million fine and forfeit thousands of ancient clay tablets and clay bullae that were smuggled into the United States with improper labels.

Headlines for Thursday, July 6, 2017:

  • A state Senator from northwest Oklahoma faces accusations of assault on an Uber driver. (NewsOK)

  • Hobby Lobby to forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts and pay $3M to DOJ. (Tulsa World)

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A new report from the Brookings Institution says Oklahoma City is positioned for growth. It says the city has a solid layer of infrastructure essential for development — and diversifying the economy.

But there’s a threat to this development, and that’s a potentially weak workforce. Some researchers say local officials need to ensure schools provide the training innovative companies need. And they need to be doing it now.

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Oklahoma U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin is running for a fourth term, despite his campaign promise that he would only serve for three terms.

Mullin says his original decision was due to concerns about the impact of Congress on his family and their business, but now he says his family is doing well, and he has a better understanding of politics.

Mullin says he understands that people may be upset because he didn’t stand by his campaign promise, but he hopes to make a difference under President Trump’s administration.

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KOSU's Michael Cross talks about political news in Oklahoma with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill.

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A new report from the Brookings Institution says Oklahoma City is positioned for growth. It says the city has a solid layer of infrastructure essential for development — and diversifying the economy.

But there’s a threat to this development, and that’s a potentially weak workforce. Some researchers say local officials need to ensure schools provide the training innovative companies need. And they need to be doing it now.

About exactly a year ago we brought you the story of Shawn Sheehan, Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year.

At the time, he and about 40 other educators were running for office in the state, wanting to make a change because, as Sheehan puts it, lawmakers weren't prioritizing education. Funding for schools in the state has been cut tremendously over the past decade and teachers in Oklahoma are some of the lowest paid in the country.

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The Oklahoma City Public School Board of Education meeting was packed with angry community members on Monday night.

Many people in the crowd felt the district was being dishonest about a proposal to close a local elementary school.

Last Wednesday, OKCPS administrators released information about their proposal to close North Highlands Elementary in northeast Oklahoma City, just five days before the school board was set to vote on it.

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