The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Administration Proposes New Truck Emissions Rules To Reduce CO2

Ram Trucks parade near AT&T Stadium in April. The EPA and Department of Transportation has proposed stricter emissions guidelines for medium and heavy-duty trucks.
PR NEWSWIRE

The Obama administration announced new rules today that would require tighter emissions guidelines for medium and heavy-duty trucks in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases.

The rules, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), were expected to cut carbon dioxide emissions from trucks and vans by one-quarter by the year 2027.

The proposed standards affect semi-trucks, large pickup trucks and vans, buses and work trucks and cover model years 2021-2027, officials said.

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Homeless Youth
10:32 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Homeless? Need Food or Shelter? There's an App For That

Xavier Espinoza, 14, poses at the church where he volunteers his time. Espinoza and his mother were homeless for many years, but have had a stable home for the past two.
Emily Wendler / KOSU

Seeing a homeless person in Oklahoma City is not that rare. But seeing a homeless child, on the other hand, is quite uncommon.

But did you know that there are 25,000 homeless children in Oklahoma?

We at KOSU didn’t either. We looked into it and found that the number of homeless kids has grown fairly rapidly over the past few years.

However, two brothers are trying to find a way to help these struggling youth.

For many people, when they think of homelessness, they think of a gritty life on the streets. Sleeping on cardboard boxes, under bridges, and digging through trash cans.

While this is the reality for some homeless youth, recent data released by the State Department of Education shows most homeless kids are doubled up with other families or are couch surfing by the grace of their friends.

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Headlines
9:25 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Headlines: Flood Cleanup, Inhofe vs. Pope & Oklahoma Game of Thrones

Headlines for Friday, June 19, 2015:

  • The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill kill at least three people in Oklahoma. (NewsOK)

  • Falls Creek camp in Davis canceled its camps for next week. (KFOR)

  • Campers from Edmond’s First Baptist Church had their trip cut short because of flooding. (News9)

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Governor in Paris, OKC Gets AICCM & Budget Only Session

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin and other state officials visiting Europe to promote Oklahoma at the Paris Air Show as well as Germany and Italy and Oklahoma City inherits the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum from the state.

The trio also discuss plans to revive a bill forcing lawmakers to consider only the budget every two years and work by third parties to get candidates on the ballot in 2016.

StateImpact Oklahoma
6:39 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

New Research Links Oklahoma’s Earthquake Surge to Oil and Gas Disposal Wells

Oil-field workers lining up a section of pipe at a disposal well plug-back operation in Grant County, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The vast majority of Oklahoma’s recent earthquakes occurred in areas where the energy industry pumped underground massive amounts of waste fluid byproducts of oil and gas production, scientists write in a new paper published Thursday.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:21 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Drought-Breaking Rain Proving Too Much, Too Late for Oklahoma Wheat Farmers

A combine crew from South Dakota harvests wheat near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

May 2015 was Oklahoma’s wettest month on record. The historic rainfall washed away an economically draining drought that haunted parts of the state for five years. For many wheat farmers in southwestern Oklahoma, however, the record rainfall is too much, too late.

To find a farmer in the wide, unbroken prairie of southwest Oklahoma, scan the horizon and look for clouds — of dust. In a field five miles south of Altus, Fred Schmedt peers through the haze and watches a gray-and-black combine pull alongside a tractor with a grain cart.

Schmedt grins as the bin fills.

“We’re really tickled to death,” he says.

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Politics
3:56 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Obama Mourns Charleston Victims, But Laments 'Politics' Of Gun Control

President Obama pauses while speaking in the White House Briefing Room about the church shooting in Charleston, S.C.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:44 pm

This post has been updated.

A day after a shooting left nine dead in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., President Obama mourned the losses and lamented the politics of gun control.

"At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," Obama said from the White House Briefing Room. "It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it."

Still, Obama noted that power is limited.

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US News
12:24 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Authorities Arrest Suspect in South Carolina Church Shooting

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Headlines
8:53 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Headlines: Dealing with Bill, Gun Laws & Norman Music Fest

Headlines for Thursday, June 18, 2015:

  • Dealing with the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill. (AccuWeather)
     
  • More Oklahoma counties are getting assistance as a result of storms and flooding that battered the state last month. (AP)

  • US Labor Department fines drilling company in deaths of three rig hands. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Pope Francis: Climate Change A 'Principal Challenge' For Humanity

Cardinals follow a news conference to present Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si," or "Praise Be," at the Vatican on Thursday. The far-reaching papal letter addressed climate change and the poor.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 10:59 am

Pope Francis today issued a sweeping 184-page papal letter, writing that climate change is a global problem with far reaching environmental and social consequences — especially for the poor. He blamed apathy and greed and called on developing countries to limit the use of nonrenewable energy and to assist poorer nations.

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