The Two-Way
8:21 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Justice Department Vows To Fight States That Violate Indian Child Welfare Law

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:23 pm

In the middle of a lengthy speech to Native American tribes last week, Attorney General Eric Holder planted the Justice Department firmly on the side of tribes against states, as the tribes struggle to keep their families together.

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Around the Nation
6:15 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

New Entry Program Reunites Some Immigrants With Their Children

Wilfredo Díaz left Honduras 16 years ago before his third child was born, and he hopes to bring his children to the U.S. under the State Department's new program.
Alexandra Starr

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

The State Department launched a program this month that creates a safe passage to the United States from Central America. It would give some U.S.-based Latino parents the chance to bring over children they left in their home countries.

More than 57,000 child migrants made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year. Many report being physically and sexually abused along the harrowing journey.

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Business
4:58 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

Thomas Harden of Chicago pumps gas into his truck. He says he wouldn't support a gas tax increase.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 1:57 pm

Gasoline prices are at their lowest level in four years. The price at the pump in many states is almost a full dollar cheaper than it was last spring.

So some politicians think this is a good time to raise gasoline taxes. Several states are tired of waiting for Congress to fix the federal highway trust fund, so they're considering raising gas taxes themselves to address their crumbling roads.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:49 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

NY Times: Pruitt a Leader in ‘Secretive Alliance’ Between Attorneys General and Energy Industry

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Attorneys general in at least a dozen states have formed an ‘unprecedented, secretive alliance’ with the energy industry to fight federal environmental regulations, The New York Times Eric Lipton reports

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23rd & Lincoln
11:30 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Keeping Oklahoma Executions From the Shadows

  Oklahoma media outlets are working to keep the state from barring them from executions of convicte criminals.

The Journal Record's Marie Price breaks down the court case for us in this Week's 23rd and Lincoln.

You can find more of Marie's insights at JRLR.net.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Democratic Mayors Back Obama's Immigration Plan, Citing Economic Benefits

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is hosting mayors from across the country to support President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 2:50 pm

Short on the heels of a nonbinding House vote to block President Obama's executive action on immigration, some 20 Democratic U.S. mayors are meeting today in New York City to send a different message:

They want to help implement the president's plan.

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Local News
11:09 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Festival Promoting Peace Comes to Langston

For the first time ever, one of the biggest impact music festivals is coming to Langston University to spread love and not violence.

One Love, which now has more than 50 followers to the movement, will be bringing its event to Langston.

Over the past few months, racial tensions and violence have increased since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

In light of that, a few students at Langston University are creating a music festival titled “One Love”.

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Local News
7:56 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Headlines: Pruitt/Energy Companies, Pain Clinics & Taiwan

Headlines for Monday, December 8, 2014:

  • A New York Times investigation shows a secretive alliance between energy companies and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as well as other Republican A-Gs across the country. (NY Times)

  • Clinics in the state of Oklahoma are profiting off the pain of others. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Health
4:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Antipsychotic drugs aren't necessary in the vast majority of dementia cases, gerontologists say. The pills can be stupefying and greatly raise the risk of falls — and hip fracture.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:32 pm

It's one of the worst fears we have for our parents or for ourselves: that we, or they, will end up in a nursing home, drugged into a stupor. And that fear is not entirely unreasonable. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, usually to suppress the anxiety or aggression that can go with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.

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Health
4:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

When It Comes To Day Care, Parents Want All Children Vaccinated

According to a national poll on children's health, over 80 percent of parents believe all children in day care should be required to be up to date on their vaccines.
Alison Bruzek NPR

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 4:55 pm

There's been a lot of attention drawn to people who don't believe in vaccinating their children, but there are many more people who believe that vaccines are the best way to protect children from contagious disease. A recent poll shows just how concerned parents are about vaccines when it comes to putting their children in day care.

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