8:53 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Headlines: Dealing with Bill, Gun Laws & Norman Music Fest

Headlines for Thursday, June 18, 2015:

  • Dealing with the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill. (AccuWeather)
  • More Oklahoma counties are getting assistance as a result of storms and flooding that battered the state last month. (AP)

  • US Labor Department fines drilling company in deaths of three rig hands. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Pope Francis: Climate Change A 'Principal Challenge' For Humanity

Cardinals follow a news conference to present Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si," or "Praise Be," at the Vatican on Thursday. The far-reaching papal letter addressed climate change and the poor.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 10:59 am

Pope Francis today issued a sweeping 184-page papal letter, writing that climate change is a global problem with far reaching environmental and social consequences — especially for the poor. He blamed apathy and greed and called on developing countries to limit the use of nonrenewable energy and to assist poorer nations.

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The Two-Way
1:08 am
Thu June 18, 2015

9 Dead In Shooting At Charleston, S.C., Church

A man reacts while talking to police officer Wednesday night near the scene of shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
Randall Hill Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:47 pm

A shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church late Wednesday killed nine people, officials reported at a press conference.

Police say they are searching for one suspect, described as a slim white man approximately 21 years old. The FBI is aiding in the investigation.

Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said eight people were found dead at the scene and a ninth died at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Storm Pours More Rain On Drenched Texas

A weather radar map shows the position of Tropical Depression Bill in Texas, as of Wednesday morning.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 8:46 am

Flood watches have been issued for areas of central and northern Texas, since Tropical Storm Bill came ashore and makes its way up the state. Rainfall of 4-8 inches is forecast in a band stretching from Texas up to Missouri, with some areas receiving up to 12 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

"These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods," the service's forecasters say.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

New Mix: Sheer Mag, Ashley Monroe & Sunny & Gabe

Sheer Mag

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we have a working class anthem from Philadelphia band Sheer Mag, the clever songwriting of Ashley Monroe, and the mishmash sounds of Sunny & Gabe.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

World News
3:21 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

How Mexico Quietly Legalized Same-Sex Marriage

Fernando Urias (left) and Victor Manuel Aguirre kiss after they learned they were allowed to marry, during a protest outside the municipal palace in the northern border city of Mexicali, Mexico, on Jan. 17.
Alex Cossio AP

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

In the U.S., the Supreme Court's widely anticipated ruling on same-sex marriage has been the focus of nonstop speculation and debate. In Mexico, meanwhile, the highest court effectively legalized same-sex unions this month with a decision that was so low key many failed to notice.

Mexico's Supreme Court quietly published an opinion, known as a jurisprudential thesis, ruling that defining marriage as a union only between a man and a woman is discriminatory and in violation of Mexico's constitution.

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1:10 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Defeat By Deductible: Millennials Aren't Hip To Health Insurance Lingo

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:07 am

Coinsurance? Premium tax credit? HMO and PPO?

Swimming through the health insurance word soup can be frustrating for anyone. Even though I cover health, I couldn't define "cost-sharing reduction plan" until I Googled it just now.

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Climate Change
12:53 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Why The Pope's Stand On Climate Change Matters

Marco Campagna iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 2:43 pm

Things are about to get really interesting in the long-stalled public discussion on climate change.

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5:11 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Will Pope's Much-Anticipated Encyclical Be A Clarion Call On Climate Change?

Pope Francis prays during his general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on June 3. The pope has made statements supporting the idea that climate change is man-made, and his upcoming encyclical on the environment and poverty is highly anticipated.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:14 pm

In April this year, on Earth Day, Pope Francis urged everyone to see the world through the eyes of God, as a garden to cultivate.

"May the way people treat the Earth not be guided by greed, manipulation, and exploitation, but rather may it preserve the divine harmony between creatures and creation, also in the service of future generations," he said.

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1:33 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Power Struggle: The Oil and Gas Boom and an Outbreak of Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Lawrence Stasyszen, abbott of St. Gregory's Abbey, stands inside the monastery's condemned workshop in Shawnee, Okla. The monastery and nearby college are still reeling from millions in damage from a 5.7-magnitude quake that struck in 2011.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

In 2014, Oklahoma had more than three times as many earthquakes as California, and this year, the state is on track for even more. A lot of them are small, but some towns are seeing a quake almost every day, and seismologists warn that large and damaging earthquakes are becoming more likely.

The government in the Sooner State has only recently acknowledged the scope of the oil and gas industry’s role in the problem.

Reveal’s Michael Corey and Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma hop in a car and drive toward the epicenter of two earthquakes that had just struck near the town of Guthrie, Oklahoma, to see the after-effects for themselves and talk to the people who live in the area. Are residents troubled by or numb to the earthquakes?

In this story, the reporters travel throughout the state speaking to experts, helping us gain a better picture of Oklahoma’s man-made earthquakes.

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