Local News
6:06 am
Mon November 17, 2014

School Closings for Monday

Icy road conditions close schools across the state.

The following is a link to a list of the closings on NewsOK.com: NewsOK.com

And closings in the Tulsa area from News on 6: NewsOn6.com

The Two-Way
1:52 am
Mon November 17, 2014

HealthCare.gov Has Improved, But Obamacare Still Faces Problems

People wait to enter an Affordable Care Act enrollment event sponsored by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and Community Coalition in Los Angeles. Healthcare.gov's second enrollment period opened Saturday. More 100,000 people applied in the first day.
Michael Chavez AP

Originally published on Sun November 16, 2014 7:17 pm

The second enrollment period at HealthCare.gov began Saturday, and so far, it's gone much more smoothly than the start of last year's first open enrollment, which was full of glitches and saw only a handful of people able to enroll the first day.

The Department of Health and Human Services said that on Saturday alone, more than 100,000 people applied for healthcare on the site, and more than half a million people logged on.

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11:54 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Garth Brooks: Country Music’s Square, Liberal Dad

Lead in text: 
The New Yorker looks at Garth Brooks' comeback to country music and wonders where he fits in, thirteen years after the release of his last studio album.
Garth Brooks last released an album of original material thirteen years ago. This week, with "Man Against Machine," the dormant king of pop country returns to a different world. Nobody but Taylor Swift seems to sell records anymore, in any genre. (Brooks has sold more than a hundred and thirty million in twenty-five years).
6:34 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Obama, Congress Feuding Over Keystone Pipeline, Immigration

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The Two-Way
1:54 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

NBA Commissioner Thinks Gambling On Games Should Be Legal

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference during the NBA Board of Governors meeting in July.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 8:37 pm

"I believe that sports betting should be brought out of the underground and into the sunlight where it can be appropriately monitored and regulated."

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The Two-Way
11:13 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Climate Change To Make Lightning More Common, Study Says

Lightning strikes near Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Fla., in August. A new study says a rise in average global temperatures due to climate change will increase the frequency of lightning strikes.
Phil Sandlin AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 7:46 pm

The likelihood of getting struck by lightning has long been a metaphor for something with an exceedingly remote probability.

But that could be changing.

A new study in the journal Science says that temperature increases due to climate change are ushering in a new era that could mean by the end of the century lightning strikes will be about half again as common as they were at the start of this century.

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US News
9:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Political Diversity Pioneers Win Medal Of Freedom

Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Hawaii, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in 1997.
Joe Marquette AP

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 3:13 pm

Several of this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the national government gives to civilians, are people of color. They include recording star Stevie Wonder and the late Alvin Ailey, legendary choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

Still, many of the honorees made their presence felt on the political stage, challenging America's presumptions about people of color.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Calls for a Special Election in Eastern Oklahoma

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the calls by Democrats for a special election after their candidate died two days before the Congressional District 2 race.

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Local News
5:37 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Oklahoma Senator Wants Online Voter Registration

Credit Ryan LaCroix of KOSU, with data from ncsl.org

The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma Senate plans to introduce a bill to help increase voter participation in Oklahoma by allowing citizens to register to vote online.

State Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton held an interim study on the issue Thursday before the Senate Rules Committee and said afterward he planned to sponsor a bill in the upcoming session.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, voters in 27 states have the ability for full or limited online registration, but not in Oklahoma.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Reports: Obama Will Approve Immigrant Work Permits For Millions

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 4:13 pm

Following on a pledge to use his office's discretionary powers to adjust the U.S. approach to immigration, President Obama reportedly plans to remove the threat of deportation for up to 5 million people who entered the U.S. illegally.

The administration's shift in approach was reported by The New York Times, which cited "administration officials who have direct knowledge of the plan."

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