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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Politics
6:02 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Predictably, Democrats, Republicans Don't Agree On Charleston Causes, Solutions

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to members of the media after visiting the memorial site at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., where nine people were killed.
John Taggart EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:42 pm

This post was updated at 6:13 p.m. ET

When tragedies happen, like the shooting in Charleston, they usually find their way into the realm of politics eventually.

This time is no different, as Democrats and Republicans are finding very different ways of talking about what happened in South Carolina. Democrats see race and gun control as issues at the center of it. Republicans, on the other hand, largely point to mental illness and label what happened a tragic but random act.

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Environment
3:22 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Closed Shipping Lanes Pose Yet Another Problem For Oklahoma’s Wheat Farmers

The Newt Graham Lock and Dam near Inola, Okla.
Credit Tyler / Flickr

Slow moving storms that dumped record amounts of rain on Oklahoma in April and May killed the five-year drought, but damaged wheat crops in western Oklahoma. This after one of the worst wheat harvests on record in 2014.

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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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