US News
5:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

How Fracking Is Fueling A Power Shift From Coal To Gas

Bill Pentak of Panda Power Funds (left), Plant Manager John Martin (center) and Construction Manager Rob Risher (right) stand in front of the construction site for the new Panda Liberty gas power plant in Towanda, Penn. The plant, expected to come online in early 2016, was deliberately sited on top of the Marcellus Shale to take advantage of the cheap, abundant gas.
Marie Cusick WITF

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:10 am

When you flip on a light switch, odds are, you're burning coal. But as the fracking boom continues to unleash huge quantities of natural gas, the nation's electric grid is changing. Power plants are increasingly turning to this low-cost, cleaner-burning fossil fuel.

Bill Pentak stands in the middle of a construction site, looking up at his company's latest project towering overhead — a new natural gas power plant.

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History
5:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

School Scrambles To Preserve Newly Discovered Chalkboards From 1917

An untouched chalkboard from 1917 was found behind a classroom wall at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City.
Jacob McCleland KGOU

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:10 am

Math teacher Sherry Read's classroom is a total mess. The students are gone for the summer, and light fixtures dangle from the ceiling. The floor has a layer of dust. Down the hallway, workers make a racket while they renovate the school, which dates back to the 1890s. They're working in what has become an archaeological site.

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Politics
5:40 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

S.C. State Legislator Hopes To Remove Confederate Flag This Summer

A Confederate flag that's part of a Civil War memorial on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse flies during a Martin Luther King Day rally in 2008. The state is under fire for continuing to fly the flag.
Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:32 pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday a new push to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds.

Debate about the flag heated up after nine African-Americans were killed in a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., last week. Its removal would require action by state legislators.

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Environment
5:40 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

EPA Official: Decisions On Climate Change Will Affect Economic Future Of U.S.

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 10:32 pm

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Gov. Haley Announces New Push To Remove Confederate Flag In S.C.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley along with Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham (right, far right) and other lawmakers and activists call for the Confederate flag to be moved from state Capitol grounds.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 12:31 pm

South Carolina's most prominent political leaders say it's time for their state to stop flying the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of its Statehouse. Gov. Nikki Haley made their position clear Monday afternoon, speaking alongside Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim Scott and others.

Calls for moving the Confederate battle flag have grown since the shooting of nine black church members in Charleston last week. After speaking about the efforts to cope with that tragedy, Haley said that she has seen "the heart and soul" of South Carolina.

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

'We Are Not Cured': Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

President Barack Obama participates in a podcast with Marc Maron in Los Angeles, on Friday.
Pete Souza The White House

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 3:24 pm

President Obama talks about his own life, America's race relations and the trouble with politics during the much-anticipated new episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, in an interview that is making headlines for its candid discussion of race.

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Headlines
8:48 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Headlines: Church Threats, Independent Voters & Emoji Passwords

Headlines for Monday, June 22, 2015:

  • I-35 reopens after landslide. (NewsOK)
     
  • The Cumberland Levee near Tishomingo in southern Oklahoma has a breach. (KFOR)

  • The heavy rains wash out a famous bridge in southern Oklahoma. (KFOR)

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Environment
8:07 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Report: Oklahoma Quakes Linked To Oil And Gas Wastewater

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World News
6:24 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Politicians Call on South Carolina to Take Down Confederate Flag

A Confederate flag flies outside the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina.

Chris Keane/Reuters

A conservative South Carolina lawmaker lost his buddy last week. He watched as his state kept flying the Confederate flag high outside the statehouse, the same symbol that has inspired so many hate crimes in America.

Norman Brannon had enough. He wishes his GOP colleagues running for president would step up and lead on this issue, too.

But will they, or are they fearful of alienating the very small percentage of Americans who have a positive view of the South's pro-slavery banner during the 1861-65 Civil War?

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The Two-Way
6:29 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Obamacare Repeal Would Add Billions to Deficit

Nonpartisan government analysts say repealing Obamacare would modestly add to the budget deficit, boost the economy, and increase the number of uninsured Americans by more than 20 million.
Don Ryan AP

Congress' official scorekeeper says repealing Obamacare would increase the federal budget deficit and the number of uninsured Americans by 24 million.

The report from the Congressional Budget Office comes as Washington awaits a ruling by the Supreme Court that could end insurance subsidies for some six million people in 30 states.

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