Energy
4:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline Back In Obama's Hands

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:06 pm

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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Fri January 9, 2015

House OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 5:53 pm

Updated at 1:08 p.m. ET.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives has voted 266-153 to approve the Keystone XL pipeline despite a presidential veto threat, just hours after Nebraska's Supreme Court, in a split decision, cleared the way for the controversial project.

The Senate, which also has a Republican majority, is considering similar legislation.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The New Legislative Session is Coming

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the "Hoodie Bill" and conservatives asking AG Scott Pruitt to stop the lawsuit over Colorado marijuana laws.

They also discuss lawmakers getting ready for the new session, gas prices impacting the state budget, and Oklahoma's first execution since April 2014.

The Two-Way
8:40 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Unemployment Dips To 5.6 Percent As Economy Adds 252K Jobs

Former student Nathaniel Simmons operates a crane during a day of training at Georgia College of Construction. The Department of Labor says construction was one of several sectors that showed job gains in December.
Branden Camp AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 10:29 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December, capping a 12-month stretch of job growth unmatched since 1999, according to the Labor Department. In a separate survey, the department says that the unemployment rate dipped to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent the previous month.

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Local News
8:34 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Headlines: Oologah School Closed Again, Flu Deaths & Education Rally

Headlines for Friday, January 9, 2015:

  • Officials with the northeast Oklahoma school district in Oologah are cancelling classes for a second straight day awaiting word on what killed a six-year-old student. (Tulsa World)

  • A delayed earnings report from SandRidge Energy shows earnings up, bur revenue down. (Journal Record)

  • The number of deaths from the flu jumps significantly. (NewsOK)

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Education
3:25 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Obama In Tennessee To Promote Free Community College

President Obama speaks at a Ford assembly plant on Wednesday in Wayne, Mich., about the resurgent automotive and manufacturing sector.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 7:15 pm

President Obama is in Tennessee previewing some of the big issues he'll talk about in his State of the Union address later this month. Friday, he'll speak in Knoxville, focusing on education and an idea that is gathering steam in some states: making community college tuition-free.

In the emerging debate over this idea, there are skeptics and there are true believers.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:34 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Oil-field Workers and Economists in Oklahoma Hope Crashing Crude Prices are a Blip, Not a Bust

Chad Igo owns Pecan Creek Catering in New Cordell, Okla., which delievers food to workers in the oil patch.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The sign on the front door says “closed,” but Pecan Creek Catering in New Cordell, Okla., is open for business. Out back, a tractor-trailer is being unloaded. Giant cans of green beans, tomatoes and mushrooms are hauled inside, where they’re sorted and stacked on metal shelves.

In the kitchen, Jennifer Etris pours a carton of buttermilk into a giant bowl and stirs.

“I cheat,” she says. “I use two of these ranch dressing mixes instead of one. It is known all over the world, my ranch dressing.”

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Carless in OKC
8:50 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Changing How People Get Around

There’s no denying that Oklahoma City’s road system centers around vehicles and drivers.

But, for John and Elizabeth Tankard, maybe it’s time for the metro to be more accommodating for people who chose to go Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

Local News
8:24 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Headlines: Oil Prices, Garth Brooks & Elvis at 80

Headlines for Thursday, January 8, 2015:

  • State officials are keeping a close eye on oil prices. (Journal Record)
     
  • Oklahoma’s newest Congressman is already finding himself defending a vote he made in Washington. (NewsOK)

  • A new report puts Oklahoma near the bottom in states for educational outcomes. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Law
6:02 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Undue Burden In Texas At Issue In Federal Court

Women with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health demonstrate outside of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday in New Orleans. A federal appeals court in New Orleans is considering whether a Texas law puts up an unconstitutional obstacle to women seeking abortions.
Jonathan Bachman AP

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 6:17 pm

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the case against the Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers. Opponents say it would have the effect of closing a significant number of the state's clinics. Melissa Block talks to Carrie Feibel of Houston Public Media.

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