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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Oklahomanbreaks 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 Pressreports 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.
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.