The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Broadband A 'Necessity,' Obama Says, As He Pushes FCC To Expand Access

President Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday. He encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 4:58 pm

Updated at 4:48 p.m. ET

President Obama is expected to lay out plans today intended to make it easier for cities, towns and rural communities to offer their citizens fast and cheap broadband Internet.

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Health
10:33 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Working Longer Hours Can Mean Drinking More

It's been a long day. Time to unwind.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:21 pm

People who try to reduce the stress of a long work day with a drink or two, or three, may be causing more health problems for themselves.

Around the world, people working long hours are more likely to drink too much, according to a study that analyzed data from 61 studies involving 333,693 people in 14 countries.

They found that people who worked more than 48 hours a week were 13 percent more likely to engage in risky drinking than people working 35 to 40 hours a week.

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Local News
8:25 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Headlines: Norman Water, Tulsa Flights & OKC Food

Headlines for Wednesday, January 14th, 2015:

  • Norman residents approve a water rate hike. (NewsOK)

  • Options for new destinations are increasing at Tulsa International Airport. (Journal Record)

  • School officials in Minco are closing the district for the rest of the week. (Chickasha Express Star)

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US News
6:19 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

For Some Immigrants, Temporary Life In U.S. Can Mean A Long Stay

Alex Sanchez with his wife, Blanca, and sons Duvan and Irvin. Sanchez has been eligible to live and work legally in the U.S. since 2001, when his home country, El Salvador, experienced a major earthquake.
Alexandra Starr for NPR

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:45 pm

Earlier this month, the U.S. government gave more than 200,000 Salvadorans living here temporarily the opportunity to stay for at least another 18 months.

These immigrants are on something called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. It's for immigrants who are already living in the United States illegally when a natural or humanitarian disaster hits their home country.

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

New Mix: Natalie Prass, Steely Dan & Screaming Females

Natalie Prass
Laura D'Art

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at a warm R&B ballad from Natalie Prass, the jazz rock of Steely Dan, and the guitar-driven punk of Screaming Females.

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:50 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Should We Give Money to Panhandlers?

Credit time.com

As you drive around in Oklahoma City, you’re bound to see them, people on the curbs with cardboard signs asking for jobs or money.

In this week’s JenX, while it might be instinct to give to them, Jennifer Martin observes that might not be the right thing.


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Local News
8:28 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Headlines: Fallin In, Redskins Out & National Spotlight on Tulsa Food Truck

Headlines for Tuesday, January 13th, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin is starting the first full day of her second and final term in office. (Tulsa World)

  • The mascot change for Oklahoma City’s Capitol High School is moving forward. (NewsOK)

  • The court paves the way for the state's first lethal injection since a problematic execution in the spring.  (Tulsa World)

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Economy
3:34 am
Tue January 13, 2015

'Kings When It's Good': Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash

An oil and gas facility in Roger Mills County in far-western Oklahoma. The governor is warning state agencies that low oil prices could stall the state economy.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 12:26 pm

The sign on the front door of Pecan Creek Catering in New Cordell, Okla., may say closed, but this kitchen is open for business. It used to be a cafe, but owner Chad Igo closed the restaurant years ago to focus on catering exclusively to the oil industry.

"We're kings when it's good. They love us. But as soon as it gets tight, we're the first one to get cut," he says.

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All Tech Considered
4:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Bored ... And Brilliant? A Challenge To Disconnect From Your Phone

Illustration by John Hersey Courtesy of WNYC

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:57 pm

Hey smartphone owners — when was the last time you were truly bored? Or even had a moment for mental downtime, unattached to a device?

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Politics
4:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Obama: 'If We're Going To Be Connected, Then We Need To Be Protected'

The president spoke about one measure aimed at the data collected in schools, through increasingly popular educational software. "Michelle and I are like parents everywhere," Obama said. "We want to be sure our children are being smart and safe online."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:02 pm

President Obama said Monday he wants the federal government to do more to prevent cyber attacks. He outlined a series of proposals designed to safeguard personal data — steps he'll talk more about in next week's State of the Union address.

The same day, the government itself became a target.

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