Headlines
8:19 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Headlines: Budget Shortfall, Teacher Shortage & Tornado Predictions

Headlines for Monday, April 27, 2015:

  • Facing a $611 million shortfall, state lawmakers are eyeing “off-the-top” funds in the budget. (NewsOK)

  • The case of an unarmed black man shot by a Tulsa reserve deputy shines a light on the program. (Tulsa World)

  • The teacher shortage in Oklahoma is getting worse. (Tulsa World)

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Mon April 27, 2015

More Than 4,000 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake Toll Rises

A woman and child rest in the open outside a destroyed building Sunday, a day after a major earthquake leveled homes in Kumalpur village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. Nine people reportedly died in the small village, including four children.
Narendrea Shrestha EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 3:07 pm

Updated at noon ET.

Nepal's devastating earthquake that hit Saturday is now blamed for at least 4,000 deaths. Reconstruction is estimated to cost billions. International aid efforts are underway, but aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging.

Rescue crews and aid groups are working to reach survivors — but their efforts are being hampered by the stricken areas' remote locations. Roads that are drivable are clogged with traffic.

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Politics
5:03 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday

Protesters hold a pro-gay-rights flag outside the US Supreme Court on Saturday, countering the demonstrators who attended the March For Marriage in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court meets on Tuesday to hear arguments over whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 5:50 pm

People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states. By the end of this Supreme Court term, either same-sex couples will be able to wed in all 50 states, or gay marriage bans may be reinstituted in many of the states where they've previously been struck down.

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Politics
4:34 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

Chief Justice John Roberts (from left) and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor at the State of the Union address earlier this year.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 12:19 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court directly confronts the question of gay marriage this week with a whopping 2 1/2 hours of oral argument, accompanied by plenty of prognostication afterward about the expected results. It won't be until June that we learn how the issue is settled nationally. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.

To say that there has been a revolution in the law when it comes to gay rights is an understatement.

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Environment
12:42 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquakes Than California

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US News
5:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

LGBT Activists Push States To Expand Anti-Discrimination Laws

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:27 pm

Same-sex marriage is legal in most states but so is discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation.

Gay-rights activists say this creates a contradiction because in many states someone can legally marry a person of the same gender and then get fired for being gay. They are lobbying state legislatures to add LGBT people to anti-discrimination laws that already include things like race, age, religion and disability.

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Sports
3:02 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

NCAA Puts Oklahoma State Football on Probation for Infractions

The NCAA has put Oklahoma State's football program on a year of probation for failing to follow its own drug-testing policies.

The Committee on Infractions also ordered Oklahoma State to suspend its Orange Pride student group after determining its all-female membership violated recruiting rules.

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KCRW Favorite Sessions
2:45 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

KCRW Presents: Other Lives

Other Lives performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz / KCRW

After relocating to Portland, Oregon, from their native Stillwater, Oklahoma, Other Lives used the new surroundings for a different perspective on their new album. The result is their third studio release, Rituals, which marries an orchestral rock sound with a classic singer-songwriter sensibility. New songs like "Easy Way" were standouts in their latest visit to KCRW.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Deputy Vacation, Injection Wells & Norman Guns

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 weekly news concerning Robert Bates accused of shooting and killing an unarmed, restrained black man and the link by the Oklahoma Geological Survey between injection wells and earthquakes.

The trio also discuss Right to Farm legislation passing through the capitol and a Constitutional Convention Amendment which failed as well as a judges decision allowing Norman Music Festival goers to bring weapons.

Headlines
8:03 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Headlines: Reserve Deputy, Man-Made Earthquakes & Norman Guns

Headlines for Friday, April 24, 2015:

  • The family of a man slain by a reserve deputy is demanding records of a prior investigation (Tulsa World)

  • Norman attorneys plan to continue legal inquiry in guns at the Norman Music Festival. (NewsOK)

  • A national report shines the light on Oklahoma’s risk of man-made earthquakes. (Tulsa World)

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