StateImpact Oklahoma
11:35 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Why Oklahoma Had the Nation’s Highest Percentage Of Bee Deaths Last Year

Beekeeper Tim McCoy pries a hive of European honeybees out of an electrical box on Ed Crall's property near Weatherford, Okla.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Honeybees are dying at an alarming rate across the country, but no state lost a greater percentage of its bees than Oklahoma over the last year. When it comes to the general public, there’s a lot of mystery around this issue, but the reasons are becoming more clear.

Nathalie Steinhauer from the Bee Informed Partnership at the University of Maryland says the biggest threat to bees comes from varroa mites that came to the U.S. from Asia in the 1990s.

“This is definitely enemy number one for bees around the world,” Steinhauer says. “The second major cause of death would be poor nutrition and habitat loss. Certainly, in areas of the world where we have intense agricultural practices, we have a lot of monocultures and reduction of natural habitat. And then finally pesticide is also one of the top three causes of honeybee colony loss.”

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Are Legal

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act cheer outside the Supreme Court on Thursday after justices upheld the law's subsidies.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:04 pm

Updated at 1 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

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8:29 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Headlines: VA Shutdown, Jail Sewage & OKC Fest

Headlines for Thursday, June 25, 2015:

  • Staff shortages force the Oklahoma City VA hospital to close its heart surgery program again. (NewsOK)

  • The political director of the state Republican Party resigns amidst controversy. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz is challenging the petition calling for a grand jury investigation of his office. (Tulsa World)

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Alabama Governor Orders Removal Of Confederate Flags From Capitol

State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala.
Martin Swant AP

Originally published on Wed June 24, 2015 2:07 pm

The Confederate battle flag and three other symbols of the Confederacy were taken down Wednesday from the Capitol grounds in Montgomery, Ala., after their removal was ordered by Gov. Robert Bentley amid a growing backlash against the symbols following last week's racially motivated mass shooting at a black church in South Carolina.

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8:04 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Sheriff Petition, Uber Law & Adventure District Hotel

Headlines for Wednesday, June 24, 2015:

  • A petition seeking a grand jury investigation of Tulsa’s Sheriff gets certified. (Tulsa World)

  • Senator Inhofe hopes to get more money for Oklahoma roads. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsan at center of SCOTUS ruling gets praise from President Obama. (Tulsa World)

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

New Mix: Kacey Musgraves, a Talking Heads Cover & Superhumanoids

Kacey Musgraves

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we have new witty country songs from Kacey MusgravesIron and Wine and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) covering a Talking Heads song from 1983, and driving bass lines mixed with heavy synth sounds from Superhumanoids.

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

Here & Now
3:28 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Number Of Uninsured Americans Dropped Significantly In 2014

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 3:28 pm

The number of uninsured Americans fell significantly in 2014, the first year that people were able to apply for subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

According to a new survey out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the shift was particularly notable among Americans living near or below the poverty line, and among black Americans.

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Local News
12:45 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Oklahoma Heat Causes Danger

As the heat index climbs into the triple digits, the state health department is urging Oklahomans to stay in air conditioned locations.

Laswanique Gray provides tips to anyone who needs to go outside.

"Wear a hat to cover your head and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, sunscreen is a must and sunglasses if you can. Drink plenty of water. Take plenty of breaks."

To avoid hyperthermia or overheating, Laswanique recommends drinking two to four glasses of water an hour.

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12:25 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Republicans Don't Have A Plan Yet To Replace Obamacare Subsidies

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on March 4. The Supreme Court is considering the case of King v. Burwell, which could determine the fate of health care subsidies for millions of people.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:03 pm

As the Supreme Court edges closer to issuing an opinion that could deal a blow to the federal health exchange operating in more than 30 states, Democrats have sounded a warning to their colleagues on the other side: Be careful what you wish for.

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JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Honoring Those Who Stand in for Absentee Fathers

Generation Xers from broken homes might have difficulty celebrating Fathers’ Day especially if their dads weren’t around much while they were growing up.

But, in this week’s Jen X, Jennifer Dennis-Smith says maybe those with absentee dads just need to look to their mothers to see who should be celebrated.

Jennifer works as a freelance public relations professional. You can reach her on Twitter @JenniferDS_APR.