Law
5:59 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Round 2: Health Care Law Faces The Supreme Court Again

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate outside the Supreme Court in 2012, after a divided court upheld the law as constitutional by a 5-to-4 vote. The latest battle, which the Supreme Court hears Wednesday, is over whether people who buy insurance through federally run exchanges are eligible for subsidies.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 7:52 am

Round 2 in the legal battle over Obamacare hits the Supreme Court's intellectual boxing ring Wednesday.

In one corner is the Obama administration, backed by the nation's hospitals, insurance companies, physician associations and other groups like Catholic Charities and the American Cancer Society.

In the other corner are conservative groups, backed by politicians who fought in Congress to prevent the bill from being adopted.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

New Mix: The Go! Team, Dan Deacon & Heems

Dan Deacon
Frank Hamilton / Courtesy of the artist

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the loud and gleeful sounds of The Go! Team, the computer orchestra of Dan Deacon, and complex and contradictory hip-hop from Heems.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

StateImpact Oklahoma
3:34 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

State Geological Survey Stayed Silent After Linking Oklahoma Quakes to Oil Industry

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey briefs Corporation Commissioners on new earthquake research.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Despite long-held suspicions that the state’s earthquake surge was linked to oil and gas activity, the Oklahoma Geological Survey stayed silent amid pressure from oil company executives, EnergyWire reports.

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NPR Ed
2:03 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Where Have All The Teachers Gone?

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:29 pm

This is the canary in the coal mine.

Several big states have seen alarming drops in enrollment at teacher training programs. The numbers are grim among some of the nation's largest producers of new teachers: In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years. It's down sharply in New York and Texas as well.

In North Carolina, enrollment is down nearly 20 percent in three years.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Use Of Personal Email At State Department Raises Questions

Hillary Clinton, seen here in 2011 during her tenure as secretary of state, used a personal email account instead of an official government account.
POOL Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:33 pm

During her four years as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton did not use a State Department email account, opting instead to conduct official business through a personal email account that wasn't then and is not now under the government's control.

The arrangement circumvented a federal process that could have automatically preserved Clinton's email communications in government archives.

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Headlines
7:57 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Headlines: School Bond, Wind Farm & Bedlam Basketball

Headlines for Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

  • A 415-million dollar school bond goes before Tulsa voters today. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City Schools is reaching out to the community in a series of meetings the next three days. (NewsOK)

  • Potential changes could be coming to the wind industry. (Journal Record)

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JenX with Jennifer James
7:01 am
Tue March 3, 2015

GenX: A Generation Forgotten

Members of Generation X can often feel like the most left behind and overlooked, especially being sandwiched between Baby Boomers and Millennials.

But, a Jennifer James reminds us in this week’s Jen-X, GenXers are not alone or forgotten.

Jennifer James is a public relations professional. 

You can follow her blog at jenx67.com.

US News
3:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

Corrections officer Sgt. Charles Galaviz secures an inmate for transfer with handcuffs and shackles Jan. 24 at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, in Lexington, Okla. Overtime is mandatory for correctional officers in the state's prisons, which have a manpower shortage of about 33 percent and the highest inmate homicide rate in the country.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:40 pm

More than 1.3 million people are incarcerated in state prisons in this country, and keeping those prisons running requires tens of thousands of corrections officers. But right now, some states are facing major staffing shortages.

Much of this shortfall is because of the strong economy, but recruiters also are struggling with the job's cultural stigma.

Cadets at Wyoming's Department of Corrections Training Academy are practicing how they'll handcuff prisoners. In a few weeks this scenario will be very real, but right now everyone is pretty relaxed.

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Economy
3:39 am
Tue March 3, 2015

In Houston, Falling Oil Prices Spark Fears Of Job Cuts Beyond Energy

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 12:19 pm

In recent weeks, the price of gasoline has ticked up but regular unleaded still costs about a dollar less than it did a year ago. That's good for consumers, who have more money to spend. But in Houston, one way or another, the paychecks consumers depend on come from the oil business.

The world's three biggest oilfield service firms — Schlumberger, Halliburton and Baker Hughes — have announced a combined 22,000 layoffs in recent months. Those job cuts are worldwide, but many are falling in Houston, where all three companies have headquarters.

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All Songs TV
12:44 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

BRONCHO, 'NC-17'

A sullen pre-teen listens to music on his headphones in a scene from the Broncho video for the song "NC-17."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 12:12 pm

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