Author Interviews
5:37 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

In Oklahoma, The Sky Has No 'Mercy'

The Mercy of the Sky

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 5:37 pm

Two years ago, one of the worst tornadoes on record hit the town of Moore, Okla. And you might say to yourself, well, doesn't this always happen there? It's called Tornado Alley for a reason.

And that's pretty much how the residents of Moore think about tornadoes. They're just part of life, and you take your chances. But that kind of thinking was part of the problem on May 20, 2013. The storm that came through that day was different. It was horrific.

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Tornadoes Hit Texas As Tropical Storm Ana Makes Landfall In S.C.

A photo from Thursday shows Dillan Taylor salvaging items from her destroyed recreational vehicle in Oklahoma City following a tornado there. More tornadoes hit the Plains states over the weekend.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 2:50 pm

A series of tornadoes in North Texas over the weekend have left at least one person dead and others missing. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, a weakening Tropical Storm Ana made landfall early this morning near Myrtle Beach, S.C.

One of the tornadoes that hit Saturday destroyed homes in a rural area south of Cisco, a town about 100 miles west of Fort Worth, Eastland County, Judge Rex Fields was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

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Business
5:16 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Oil Companies Look To Fill Employment Gap With More Women

After completing training in 2013, Claire Kerstetter now works as a fluid technician on fracking jobs.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

Look at the oil business and you'll notice it's mostly men. That's a problem for an industry that needs legions of new workers to replace retirees in coming years.

The industry hasn't always treated women fairly, but now it needs them.

The oil business just 30 years ago was a lonely place for the few women who chose to work in it. Rayola Dougher, senior economic adviser at the American Petroleum Institute, says attending industry conferences made that clear.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Clinton's Bold Immigration Plan Leaves Republicans Nearly Speechless

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 9:42 am

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Fri May 8, 2015

223,000 Jobs Added In April; Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.4 Percent

Scott Fast, of Cradle to Career Colorado, talks with Englewood High School students Nick Spence (left) and Russell Windholz during a job readiness seminar hosted by The United Way and America's Promise Alliance in Denver on Thursday.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:08 pm

Updated at 9:55 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in April, hewing close to expectations from economists, but the numbers fell short of a threshold that forecasters believe would signal an early rise in interest rates.

The unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Midazolam Recall, Oklahoma vs. EPA & Tulsa County Sheriff

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill  about a recall from the company which makes Oklahoma's execution drug, midazolam and the battle between Oklahoma and the Environmental Protection Agency over power plant pollution rules.

The trio also discusses the decision by Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz to not resign, but also not seek reelection and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference brings nearly a dozen GOP presidential contenders to Oklahoma City.

Headlines
8:37 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Headlines: Severe Weather, Blue Bell & Teacher Pay Raise

Headlines for Friday, May 8, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin declares a disaster emergency for 12 counties after Wednesday night’s storms. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahomans cleaning up from the storm need to be wary of scams. (KOCO)

  • Delta Airlines is investigating why passengers were left stranded while crews sought shelter from storms. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
4:33 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

FBI Says It Sent Bulletin On Texas Assailant Hours Before Attack

FBI Director James B. Comey takes a question during a news conference in March. Comey says the FBI issued a bulletin to local law enforcement about one of the Garland, Texas, assailants three hours before the attack.
Joshua Roberts Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:01 pm

Updated at 6 p.m. ET

FBI Director James Comey says the bureau issued a bulletin on one of the two assailants at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, just three hours before the attack earlier this week.

Comey told reporters Thursday that the FBI had sent an Intel Bulletin to local law enforcement with a photo of Elton Simpson, his license plate number and other information without stating directly that he was heading to Garland.

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Environment
2:17 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

What Oklahoma Farmers Think About The Right-to-Farm Issue In Oklahoma

Dustin Green, owner of 10 Acre Woods farm near Norman, feeds a few of his 400 or so chickens.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

The right-to-farm bill got through the legislative process last week. That means voters will have a chance to decide next year whether to give farmers and ranchers broad protections against future state laws that might interfere with their operations.

But opponents say right-to-farm is a license that allows big ag to harm animals and the environment. But where do actual Oklahoma farmers and ranchers stand on the issue?

StateImpact randomly knocked on current and former farmers’ and ranchers’ doors east of Norman to find out.

“I don’t have an opinion. I don’t know anything about it. Do you know anything about it?” Debbie Downey asks her son, Dustin. “I know absolutely nothing about it,” Dustin says.

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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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