Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 3:59 pm
Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET
The Federal Aviation Administration has released long-awaited draft rules on the operation of pilotless drones, opening the nation's airspace to the commercial possibilities of the burgeoning technology, but not without restrictions.
This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Governor Fallin issuing an executive order instituting a hiring freeze as well as a freeze on pay raises and bonuses for all state agencies. They also discuss the choice by a sub-committee chairman to not hear any bills negatively impacting the budget.
The trio also talk about State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister's decision to end field tests on Oklahoma students, a bill to crack down on "doctor shopping" for prescription drugs and two bills to make the gas chamber an acceptable form of execution.
Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 11:54 am
Yusor Abu-Salha was one of the young students killed in Tuesday's shooting in Chapel Hill, N.C.
She and her former third-grade teacher, Mussarut Jabeen, spoke to StoryCorps in May. In fact, all three victims in the shooting — Abu-Salha, 21, her husband, Deah Barakat, 23, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19 — attended the Al-Iman School in Raleigh, N.C., where Jabeen taught.
Jabeen returned to StoryCorps Wednesday to talk about that 2014 conversation with Abu-Salha.
Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 7:22 pm
A battle between Alabama and the federal judiciary just turned another page, when a federal judge on Thursday ordered a state official to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
"U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade's order sought to clarify that Mobile County Probate Court Judge Don Davis should follow her directive, and not a contravening order from Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore that has led many state judges to refrain from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. "
When Desmond Mason was a rookie in the NBA during the 2000-2001 season, he was summoned to the league's Midtown office for a sudden meeting with then-commissioner David Stern. Nervously, the 6-foot-6 player for the Seattle SuperSonics headed into the pooh-bah's office.