Headlines
8:13 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Headlines: Fort Sill Jobs, OKC Purple Hearts and Brunch Professionals

Headlines for Friday, July 10, 2015:

  • The state Board of Correction delays a vote on the early release of prisoners. (KSWO)

  • Former inmates could be housed in Enid soon. (Enid News & Eagle)

  • Despite cuts to the military, Fort Sill is gaining jobs. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
5:08 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Confederate Flag Bill Into Law

With her predecessors in the governor's office and others looking on, Gov. Nikki Haley signs into law a bill that removes the Confederate flag from the State House in Columbia.
Richard Ellis EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 5:27 pm

In a public signing ceremony staged in the lobby of the Statehouse where slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney once worked in the state Senate, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to remove the Confederate battle flag from a flagpole on the Capitol grounds.

Thursday afternoon's event drew an extensive list of South Carolina's political establishment, including former Govs. Jim Hodges, David Beasley and Dick Riley — as well as the families of Pinckney and the eight other shooting victims who were attacked in a black church in Charleston last month.

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The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Government Extending Federal Benefits To All Married Same-Sex Couples

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, seen at a May news conference at the Justice Department, announced the change in federal marriage benefits on Thursday.
Cliff Owen AP

The government said Thursday it will make federal marriage benefits available to all same-sex couples.

The Obama administration had previously extended most federal benefits to married same-sex couples. But the federal government could not distribute Social Security and VA benefits to couples living in states where such marriages were prohibited.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:54 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Record Rainfall Magnifies Problems For Oklahoma’s Aging Flood Control Dams

Oklahoma Conservation Commission Watershed Technician Dennis Boney inspects damage to Wildhorse 80's spillway in Garvin County.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

More than 2,000 dams in Oklahoma have protected lives and property from flooding for decades. But age is catching up with them, and many need repairs. And this spring’s record rainfall is putting dams under even more pressure.

Catastrophic flooding used to just be part of life in Oklahoma. Ask anyone who was around in the late 1950s, like Allen Hensley, who grew up on Rock Creek in south-central Oklahoma.

“My dad took me down and showed me Rock Creek when I was a boy; and a beautiful corn crop,” Hensley says. “And the next day it was water, flooded.”

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Thu July 9, 2015

New Hosts To Join NPR's 'All Things Considered'

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 10:52 am

All Things Considered, NPR's flagship evening news program, is expanding its lineup of hosts: Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join veterans Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on weekdays, and Michel Martin will become the new host of the weekend show.

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Headlines
8:37 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Headlines: Executions Set, School Testing & Gas Bill Increases

Headlines for Thursday, July 9, 2015:

  • Three death row inmates who lost their legal battle in the US Supreme Court will die before the end of the year. (NewsOK)

  • The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court denies former Chief Chad Smith’s challenge of the recent election. (Muskogee Phoenix)

  • A new survey shows the number of chronically homeless in Oklahoma City dropped for the second straight year. (NewsOK)

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Local News
8:23 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Debate In Oklahoma Widens Over 10 Commandments Monument

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 6:53 pm

Copyright 2015 KOSU-FM. To see more, visit http://www.kosu.org.

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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The Two-Way
6:47 am
Thu July 9, 2015

'A New Day': S.C. To Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol Grounds

State Rep. John King, D-York, hugs a woman after the House approved a bill removing the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds early Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 3:12 pm

The Confederate battle flag that has flown in a prominent spot at South Carolina's Statehouse for more than 50 years is close to being furled and put in a museum, after the state's House of Representatives backed a bill early this morning that would put the flag in a relic room.

After more than 12 hours of debate, the final vote was 94-20.

Gov. Nikki Haley, who is expected to sign the measure into law today, called it "a new day in South Carolina."

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NPR Ed
4:59 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

How Standardized Tests Are Scored (Hint: Humans Are Involved)

We know very little about what goes into standardized tests, who really designs them, and how they're scored.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 10:58 am

Standardized tests tied to the Common Core are under fire in lots of places for lots of reasons. But who makes them and how they're scored is a mystery.

For a peek behind the curtain, I traveled to the home of the nation's largest test-scoring facility: San Antonio.

The facility is one of Pearson's — the British-owned company that dominates the testing industry in the U.S. and is one of the largest publishing houses behind these mysterious standardized tests.

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World News
1:36 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

NYSE, United Airlines and Wall Street Journal All Hit With Tech Issues

A trader impatiently waits for trading to resume on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after technical issues bring the exchange to a halt Wednesday afternoon.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Computer glitches interrupted service at The New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

The three technical issues don’t seem to be connected, and representatives from from all three were quick to point to hardware issues as the cause of the interruption and quell rumors of cyber attacks. The interruptions came after worrying declines on China's stock exchanges overnight.

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