The Two-Way
9:58 am
Thu May 7, 2015

NSA's Bulk Collection Of Americans' Phone Data Is Illegal, Appeals Court Rules

A view of the National Security Agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 1:22 pm

The National Security Agency's practice of collecting data about Americans' telephone calls in bulk goes beyond what Congress intended when it wrote Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The three-judge panel was asked to consider whether the program violated the Constitution. Instead, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel punted on the constitutional claim, deciding the program was simply not authorized by federal law.

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Headlines
9:14 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Sheriff Petition, Pro-Gun Bills & Kyle Dillingham

Headlines for Thursday, May 7, 2015:

  • Oklahoma gets pounded by storms. (NewsOK)
     
  • A petition is asking for a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office. (Tulsa World)

  • A bill heading to the Governor prevents businesses from banning guns at some events. (NewsOK)

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Red Cross Shelters
7:23 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Red Cross Shelters

Red Cross has set up shelters to help Oklahomans affected by Wednesday night's storms.

  • Heritage Family Baptist Church
    600 N. Mustang Road in Tuttle
     
  • Santa Maria Virgen Episcopal Church
    5500 N. Western Avenue

You can help with donations at RedCross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or test REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

Road Closings
7:12 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Statewide Road Closings

Road Closings from ODOT:

Oklahoma City Metro Area

  • Interstates and highways are open, however drivers should expect congestion and delays in the Oklahoma City metro area today as emergency response and cleanup continues. 

Alfalfa County

  • US-64 is closed between the south SH-8 junction and the south SH-58 junction west of Jet due to high water.                                                          

Grady County 

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Closings
6:56 am
Thu May 7, 2015

School Closings

School Closings and delays via KFOR.com

All Saints Catholic School

Closed Today

Amber-Pocasset Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Bridge Creek Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Go Church-Norman

Open at 8:30 AM Today

Moore-Norman Tech

Open at 12:00 PM Today

Mount Saint Mary High School

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Tornadoes Rake Oklahoma, Destroying Homes And Injuring 12

The driver of a truck that crashed during severe weather on Interstate 35 gestures to his rescuers after being cut from the truck in Moore, Okla., on Wednesday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 11:40 am

More than a dozen tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma on Wednesday, destroying homes and injuring 12 people.

The Oklahoman reports that the damage is widespread and that the thunderstorms that spawned the twisters also brought lots of rain that could lead to record flooding.

The paper reports:

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Energy
6:03 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

Oil pump jacks in Williston, N.D., in December. Oil prices have been on the rise, but some analysts say the global economic slowdown, fracking and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

Oil prices hit a new high for the year Wednesday — closing at just under $61 a barrel. They've been rallying for a month, but nobody's predicting $4-per-gallon gasoline anytime soon. And some analysts say weak demand will send oil prices down again.

The recent rise follows an historic drop in prices, which were as low as about $45 a barrel less than two months ago.

So to understand what's going on now, let's look at what sent prices tumbling in the first place

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World Cafe
11:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: John Moreland

John Moreland
Kris Payne/Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.

Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.

Set List:

  • John Moreland, 'High on Tulsa Heat'
  • John Moreland, 'Cleveland County Blues'
Around the Nation
8:37 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Texas Governor Backtracks After Pentagon Denies Takeover Plot

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 2:12 pm

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Transcript

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Headlines
8:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Headlines: Texting/Driving Ban, Tax Cuts & Artists at the Capitol

Headlines for Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

  • Oklahoma officially bans texting and driving ,effective November 1. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin is signing a bill banning the use of tobacco products in public schools. (AP)

  • Budget negotiators are hoping to have an agreement by the end of the week. (Oklahoma Watch)

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