The Two-Way
12:26 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

Pipes for Transcanada Corp.'s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline are stacked at a depot in Gascoyne, N.D. The House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline Friday; the Senate voted against it on Tuesday.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 6:52 pm

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday.

An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the bill; subsequent calls for senators' votes failed to net the 60 votes needed for passage. The decisive 41st "No" vote came with 55 votes in favor, and the final tally was 59-41.

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

New Mix: Los Campesinos!, Tallows, Celadon City, Mark Ronson & Mystikal

Los Campesinos!
loscampesinos.com

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at a Christmas tune from Los Campesinos!, a one-off collaboration between Oklahoma City band Tallows and Edmond's Celadon City, and Mark Ronson's James Brown-sounding collaboration with rapper Mystikal.

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Health
5:02 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Outreach Workers Look For Gains In Second Year Of Obamacare

Lee Ann Johnson, director of the Missoula Indian Center, encourages Native Americans in Montana to enroll in private coverage through Healthcare.gov at an outreach event on Saturday, November 15.
Eric Whitney

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:42 am

With the HealthCare.gov website working for consumers much more smoothly than last year, health officials are focused on reaching out to potential customers.

For starters, they want to people who bought insurance last year to take another look at those plans. And, of course, the exchange wants to bring in new customers who didn't need or skipped insurance last year.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Tue November 18, 2014

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson For At Least Remainder Of 2014 Season

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson arrives at the courthouse for an appearance Tuesday in Conroe, Texas. He pleaded no contest in his child abuse case, avoiding jail time.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 12:06 pm

The National Football League has suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Peterson of his suspension in a letter made public on Tuesday.

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Local News
7:37 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Headlines: Inmate Pay, Homeless Children & Smoking Restrictions

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 18, 2014:

  • The city of Tulsa is going to pay 59-dollars a day to house its municipal inmates in the county jail under a proposed agreement.  (Tulsa World)
     
  • A port authority board is withdrawing plans to manage operations at an eastern Oklahoma airport. (Muskogee Phoenix)
     
  • A new stage of the Boulevard in Oklahoma City shuts down major streets in the downtown area. (NewsOK.com)
     
  • A Muskogee food pantry says it won't be able to continue its decades-old tradition of giving out Thanksgiving turkeys. (Tulsa World)
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The Two-Way
12:07 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Ahead Of Ferguson Decision, Governor Declares Emergency

Protesters march in Clayton, Mo., Monday. Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown, a black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer in August.
Michael B. Thomas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 8:14 pm

With the community of Ferguson, Mo., poised to receive a grand jury decision regarding possible charges in the death of Michael Brown, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday.

Nixon's decision clears the way for the National Guard and state agencies to work together to help quell any potential unrest.

Ferguson, on the outskirts of St. Louis, has been the scene of emotional protests and clashes with police in the weeks and months since Brown, unarmed at the time, was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson.

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Energy
6:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Pipes for TransCanada's planned Keystone XL pipeline are stored in Gascoyne, N.D. The U.S. House has voted to approve the proposed project, which would allow crude oil to flow from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Senate plans to vote Tuesday on legislation that would greenlight the project.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 7:36 pm

Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: The Senate voted against completing the Keystone pipeline.

The remaining portion of the Keystone pipeline project, if completed, will be fewer than 1,200 miles long — just a fraction of the existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines running beneath our feet in the United States.

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Planet Money
12:49 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Episode 583: Cow Noir

Chief Agent Jerry Flowers looks over cattle at OKC West Livestock Market in El Reno, Oklahoma on Nov. 12, 2014. Cattle rustlers will often try to sell off their stolen cows at livestock markets to make a quick profit.
Nick Oxford for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 6:04 pm

On September 9th, BJ Holloway's life savings were stolen. His 6 cows were taken in the dead of the night from his land in Spencer, Oklahoma. BJ looked everywhere for his stolen cattle. He asked his neighbors. He filed a police report. But out in Oklahoma, when cows are stolen, it's hard to find the thief. The cows all look alike, and the evidence disappears when they're turned into steaks.

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Local News
8:26 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Headlines: Same-Sex Marriage, Initiative Petitions & Keystone XL Pipeline

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 17, 2014:

  • Despite changes nationally on support of same sex marriage, a new survey shows Oklahomans still oppose any marriage equality. A poll from The Tulsa World shows 52% of the 404 likely voters strongly oppose gay marriage and ten percent somewhat oppose it.
     
  • Oklahomans hoping to add an initiative on state ballot for voters to decide often face an uphill battle. The Oklahoman breaks down the difficulty faced by many petitioners in the initiative process. Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill in June which sought to clarify the initiative referendum process.
     
  • Oklahoma leaders are praising the renewed momentum in Congress of the Keystone XL pipeline, despite there being little impact on our state. The Associated Press reports construction of the Oklahoma portion of the pipeline bringing Canadian oil to Cushing is already complete. The bill is heading to the Senate after passing the House last week.
NPR Ed
8:03 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Testing: How Much Is Too Much?

LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 1:23 pm

"In some places, tests — and preparation for them — are dominating the calendar and culture of schools and causing undue stress for students and educators."

The quote comes not from an angry parent or firebrand school leader but from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Of course, he's the guy currently in charge of a big chunk of those tests: the No Child Left Behind requirement of annual standardized testing in grades 3-8, plus once during grades 10-12.

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