5:23 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Drug Overdose, On The Rise, Cropping Up As Campaign Issue

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participated in a roundtable discussion at the Farnum Center in Manchester, N.H. earlier this month.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

As presidential candidates visit the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they're hearing about heroin and meth. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents. And, in many places, there's a growing acceptance that this isn't just a problem for other people.

New Hampshire is in the throes of a crisis. Last year more than 300 people in the small state died of drug overdoses. Mostly opiods like oxycontin and heroin.

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The Two-Way
5:18 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low-Income Americans Afford Broadband

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 11:53 am

A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says. But just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 do.

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2:33 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

For Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara, a Fearsome Fairy Godmother

The New York Times recently featured a profile of former Oklahoma City University theatre professor Florence Birdwell. Her students are in the profession by the dozens, including Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara.
When it was her turn to sing at Florence Birdwell's master class for former students in Midtown Manhattan the other day, Heather Botts, a delicate blonde with a beautiful voice, announced that she would be performing " Another Life," from the musical "The Bridges of Madison County." "Terrible show!" barked Mrs.
Here & Now
1:46 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Big Decisions Still To Come From U.S. Supreme Court

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 2:34 pm

There are only a few weeks left for the U.S. Supreme Court to announce its decisions in some pretty hefty cases they heard this term. Same-sex marriage, healthcare reform and the death penalty are just a few of the issues the justices will weigh in on.

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg talks with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about impending Supreme Court decisions.

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8:05 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Headlines: More Rain, Bridge Cuts & Food Porn

Headlines for Thursday, May 28, 2015:

  • Oklahoma braces for another weekend of rain. (NewsOK)

  • Heavy rain fall is instigating a juggling act just west of Tulsa. (KWGS)

  • Payne County is under the county and statewide disaster emergency declaration. (Stillwater News Press)

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6:32 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Oklahoma Attacks EPA as Federal Agency Finalizes ‘Waters of the U.S’ Rule

Oklahoma farmer Mason Bolay worries the streambeds and ponds on his family's land will now be regulated by the federal government.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States Rule — also known as the Clean Water Rule — attempts to clarify which bodies of water qualify for federal protection — which ones are streams, which ones are tributaries, whether pollution dumped into one stream will trickle into another — that sort of thing.

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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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