The Two-Way
11:17 am
Fri January 16, 2015

It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

January–December 2014 blended land and sea surface temperature anomalies in degrees Celsius.
NOAA

It's official: 2014 was the hottest year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center crunched the numbers and came to this conclusion:

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New and Returning State Leaders for Oklahoma

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about returning Governor Mary Fallin and new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. 

The trio also discusses a judges ruling which could impact the 2013 GOP overhaul of the Workers' Compensation System and a plan by the Oklahoma Hospital Association to use Medicaid expansion money for low-income uninsured Oklahomans.

Headlines
8:16 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Headlines: Warner Execution, GOP Voters & Education Money

Headlines for Friday, January 16, 2015:

  • Oklahoma executes its first person since a botched lethal injection in April. (NewsOK)

  • For the first time in State History Republican voters outnumber Democrats. (NewsOK)

  • Schools across the state are getting word of a budget change from the State Department of Education. (Tulsa World)

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Around the Nation
7:59 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Oklahoma Executes 1st Inmate Since Lethal Injection Problems

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 2:22 pm

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Politics
5:25 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice

Congressional Republicans have "been given a second chance by the American people," AFP President Tim Phillips said. "And we're going to hold them accountable. We're determined about that."
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 10:12 am

Americans for Prosperity, the most prominent arm of the Koch brothers' organization, put Republican lawmakers on notice Thursday, setting out a conservative agenda for Congress. AFP leaders say it will be pushed by the group's grass-roots supporters in 34 states.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:15 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Drought-Stricken Oklahoma Communities Dealing With Prospect of Dead Lakes

Will Archer, manager of the Mountain Park Master Conservancy District, at the Tom Steed Reservoir dam.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Most of western Oklahoma is in its fifth year of drought with still no end in sight, despite a wetter-than-normal-end to 2014.  And many of the lakes communities rely on for drinking water are now on the verge of being too low to use. The situation is most dire in Altus, Duncan and Canton.

TOM STEED LAKE

The granite boulders and outcroppings that surround Lake Tom Steed, near Altus, are what make is so uniquely beautiful. They also tell a story of drought. The rocks are stained with the remnants of water that used to be here. For lake manager Will Archer, this is all very personal.

“I’ve lived here my whole life, and the creeks I always played on when I was a kid, they don’t run anymore,” Archer says. “Tom Steed is the life and the blood of southwest Oklahoma. Right now we’re providing 100 percent of the water to Altus. We’re providing over half of the water supply to Frederick. We’re providing, I think, about half the water supply to Snyder.”

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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

U.S. Eases Travel, Financial Restrictions On Cuba

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:24 am

The United States took a big step toward normalizing relations with Cuba by easing some travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades.

The Treasury and Commerce departments announced that the new rules take effect on Friday. According to The Hill, the new rules mean:

-- Travelers who meet certain criteria will no longer need to apply for a license from the Treasury department to travel to Cuba.

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Carless in OKC
9:28 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Protests Taking to the Streets

ajc.com

A new form of standing up against injustice sweeping across the nation is having an impact on highway drivers.

John and Elizabeth Tankard discuss protestors taking to the freeways in this week’s Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

Local News
8:38 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Headlines: Executions, Demolishing OKC Buildings & Prison Overcrowding

Headlines for Thursday, January 15th, 2015:

  • Oklahoma is moving forward with an execution tonight. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma City is looking at demolishing nine buildings near downtown. (Journal Record)

  • The Cherokee Nation plans to provide millions for a hospital in Tahlequah. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin creates a panel to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. (NewsOK)

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Business
3:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire

Dave Tobelmann worked for 33 years at General Mills before retiring five years ago. Not long after, he returned to the company, this time through a staffing firm specializing in retiree placement.
Courtesy of Dave Tobelmann

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:02 pm

In the U.S., roughly 10,000 people reach retirement age every day. And though not everyone who turns 62 or 65 retires right away, enough do that some companies are trying to head off the problem.

Dave Tobelmann, who for 33 years developed new products for General Mills, retired five years ago at age 57 — around the same time as a number of other colleagues. "Yeah, I went to a lot of retirement parties," Tobelmann says.

Losing veteran workers is a challenge, even for big companies like General Mills.

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