Politics
12:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Oklahoma Rep. Cole Tapped for US House Budget Panel

U.S. Representative Tom Cole

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is taking over as chairman of a powerful appropriations subcommittee in the U.S. House.

The seven-term congressman from Moore was named Thursday as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

The subcommittee has broad jurisdiction and oversees funding for several major agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor. This includes oversight of related agencies that deal with Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

EPA In the Crosshairs as Oklahoma’s Inhofe Gains Sway Over Climate Policy

Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Inhofe at an impromptu news conference during climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009.
Andrew Revkin / Flickr

The Republican wave that put the party back in full control of Congress also put Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe back in charge of the Senate committee that oversees the country’s environmental policies.

The political shift in Washington comes at time when — from President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to enforcement of the Regional Haze Rule that’s riled Oklahoma officials— the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a lot of things in the air.

Election night was a rough one in general for the left, but some of the tears spilled on November 4th were over the specific issue of climate change, and what a fully Republican controlled Congress might do to thwart President Obama’s environmental efforts.

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Environment
10:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Experts Meet in Oklahoma to Update U.S. Maps With Manmade Earthquake Hazards

A panel of state geological surveys and oil and gas regulators at the National Seismic Hazard Workshop on Induced Seismicity, held in November at a conference center in Midwest City, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Scientists, regulators and technical experts from the energy industry met in Oklahoma to discuss how earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations should be accounted for on national seismic hazard maps, which are used by the construction and insurance industries and pubic safety planners.

The three-day workshop started Nov. 17 and was co-hosted by the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Republicans Warn Obama Ahead Of Planned Immigration Action

President Obama is expected to announce steps today that would provide temporary relief to some of the 12 million immigrants in the country illegally. Republicans are warning him against acting unilaterally on the issue.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 5:40 pm

Republicans in Congress are warning President Obama against acting alone on immigration, hours ahead of a planned announcement by the president that could provide temporary relief to some of the nearly 12 million immigrants in the country illegally.

Republicans say any unilateral action on immigration by the president would mean there is no chance of passing a comprehensive immigration overhaul in Congress.

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Carless in OKC
8:40 am
Thu November 20, 2014

A Look at Alternative Transportation in OKC

We’ve all heard the term alternative transportation, but what does it actually mean?

John and Elizabeth Tankard break the options down for us in this week’s Carless in OKC.


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Local News
8:16 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Headlines: Hostage Case, Alcohol Laws & Juvenile Charter Schools

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 20, 2014:

  • Attorneys for the man who held hostages at a Norman office want the District Attorney disqualified from the case. (Norman Transcript)

  • A Group of Oklahomans is working to change what some consider outdated alcohol laws. (Oklahoma Gazette)

  • The money Oklahoma gets from Tribal casinos dropped for the first time since collections began in 2006. (Oklahoma Watch)

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Obama To Unveil Immigration Plan On Thursday

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 3:14 pm

Updated at 1:28 p.m. ET.

President Obama says he will announce the executive actions he's taking to "start fixing our broken immigration system" during a speech to the nation at 8 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Health
9:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:27 am

You don't get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions because you're not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans — where most working-age folks get coverage — are changing too.

Rising costs, a looming tax on rich benefits packages and the idea that people should buy medical treatment the way they shop for cellphones have increased odds that workplace plans will be very different in 2015.

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Local News
8:09 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Headlines: Meth Money, Osage Wind Farms & Education

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 19, 2014:

  • Oklahoma is getting more than $200,000 to battle meth. (Enid News & Eagle)
     
  • A Duncan man accused in the shooting death of a baseball player from Australia waives his right to a preliminary hearing. (Duncan Banner)
     
  • Opponents of two planned wind farms in Osage County say they'll keep fighting the developments. (Tulsa World)
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The Salt
3:48 am
Wed November 19, 2014

No 'Misteak': High Beef Prices A Boon For Drought-Weary Ranchers

Black Angus cattle in pens outside the sale barn at 44 Farms, a 3,000-acre ranch in Cameron, Texas. The cattle were on display for bidders ahead of 44 Farms' fall auction in October.
Andrew Schneider Houston Public Media

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:18 am

If you've shopped for meat recently, you no doubt have noticed that beef prices are up. Some grades are even at the highest levels ever recorded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Though the inflated prices may be hard on consumers, they're helping Texas cattle ranchers recover from a fierce drought.

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