Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:17 pm
Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide on gay marriage this term.
The justices said today they will review an appellate court's decision to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky. The four states are among 14 that ban same-sex marriage.
KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about returning Governor Mary FallinÂ and new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.Â
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.
Most of western Oklahoma is in itsÂ fifth year of droughtÂ with still no end in sight, despite a wetter-than-normal-end to 2014.Â 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 surroundÂ 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.
â€śIâ€™ve lived here my whole life, and the creeks I always played on when I was a kid, they donâ€™t run anymore,â€ť Archer says. â€śTom Steed is the life and the blood of southwest Oklahoma. Right now weâ€™re providing 100 percent of the water to Altus. Weâ€™re providing over half of the water supply to Frederick. Weâ€™re providing, I think, about half the water supply to Snyder.â€ť