Local News
11:02 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Nitrogen Gas Execution Bill Heading to Oklahoma Governor

Oklahoma will become the first state in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute inmates under a bill heading to the governor's desk.

Without a single dissenting vote, the Oklahoma Senate gave final approval Thursday to the bill allowing the new method to be used if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or if the deadly drugs become unavailable.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Bid On Sunday

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the White House on Sunday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 3:48 pm

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will officially announce her intention to seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president on Sunday afternoon, ending years of speculation over her plans to pursue the Oval Office, NPR has learned.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Fri April 10, 2015

80 Municipal Courts In St. Louis County Change Fees After Criticism

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 3:47 pm

Changing a process that was blamed for fueling anger and frustration with the legal system in Ferguson, Mo., 80 municipal courts in St. Louis County have agreed to set uniform fees and fines to be more fair to people charged with offenses such as speeding.

Critics call the move one step on what they see as a long path of reform. They note that the agreement is voluntary and lacks a formal system of tracking or enforcement.

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Headlines
8:54 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Superintendent Costs, Gas Executions & St. Baldrick's

Headlines for Friday, April 10, 2015:

  • Tulsa’s new Superintendent to cost more than $1M for next three years. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin is getting a bill to allow for executions through nitrogen gas. (AP)

  • Repairs at the Capitol might take half a decade to complete. (Journal Record)

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Union Dues, Local Drilling Bans & Oil Revenue

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin signing a bill to stop teacher payroll deductions to union and possible unintentional consequences of local drilling bans impacting the federal flood insurance program.

The trio also discusses oil revenue collections drop to a 13-year low and infighting between a Republican lawmaker and the conservative State Chamber.

Code Switch
10:16 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Civilians Can Record Police Encounters, But When Is It Interference?

Cellphones were used to record a 2012 confrontation between protesters and police in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 2:50 pm

The arrest of South Carolina police Officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed Walter Scott in North Charleston this week, came shortly after the release of a cellphone video recorded by an eyewitness.

The filming of police by civilians has also sparked controversy, and it often causes confusion about what is legal.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Study Finds The Poor Subject To Unfair Fines, Driver's License Suspensions

Researchers conclude that tickets and fines hit the poor harder than other Californians. Nonpayment brings additional punishments such as heavy fines and driver's license suspensions.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:57 pm

A new report says an issue highlighted recently in Ferguson, Mo. — that tickets and fines disproportionately burden people of color and the poor, and lead to their incarceration — is not limited to Missouri.

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The Salt
3:55 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Is It Time For A Warning Label On Sugar-Loaded Drinks?

A mock-up of a warning label for sodas and sugary drinks proposed in California by public health advocates.
California Center for Public Health Advocacy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:15 pm

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: We consume a lot more sugar than is good for our health. Because of this, the next generation of Americans will struggle with obesity and diabetes more than any other. The most obvious culprit is the added sugar in sodas and other sugary beverages, like sports drinks or teas.

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Local News
1:15 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Oklahoma Following Kansas’s Lead On Second Trimester Abortion

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks at the National Press Club January 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Gov.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:20 pm

The Oklahoma legislature is set to follow Kansas in an effort to restrict abortion, after lawmakers there passed a bill banning the most common method used by women in the second trimester.

NPR’s Jennifer Ludden tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that the method, called “dilation and evacuation” has been dubbed “dismemberment abortion” by opponents of the practice.

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Tentative Nuclear Deal In Hand, Iran Says All Sanctions Must Be Lifted

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen here in a photo released by his official website Thursday, stopped short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week.
AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 11:02 am

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will only sign an agreement restricting his country's nuclear program if economic sanctions are lifted. The remarks on state TV came as Iran's supreme leader said he's neither for nor against the deal.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said that any arrangements must respect Iran's interests and dignity. He questioned the need for talks if they don't trigger the removal of sanctions, and he reiterated his distrust of the United States.

From Istanbul, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports:

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