Local News
3:13 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Oklahoma House Committee Passes Ban on Texting While Driving

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Oklahomans would be prohibited from texting while driving under legislation approved by a state House committee.

The House Criminal Justice Committee voted 11-0 Wednesday to send the measure to the full House for debate and a vote.

The bill by Republican Rep. Terry O'Donnell of Tulsa would prohibit a motorist from operating a motor vehicle while texting, emailing or using instant messaging on an electronic device while the vehicle is in motion.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Wed February 11, 2015

White House Asks Congress For War Powers To Fight ISIS

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:26 am

In a move that is sure to set off a new round of debate over how the U.S. should fight ISIS, the Obama administration has sent Congress a request for formal authorization to use military force against the extremist group.

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Headlines
7:39 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Headlines: Earthquake Lawsuit, Election Results & Immunizations

Headlines for Wednesday, February 11, 2015:

  • A Prague earthquake victim files a lawsuit against two energy companies. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City moves one step closer to providing tax money for a concert venue. (Journal Record)

  • The number of Oklahoma parents choosing to not vaccinate their kids is rising. (NewsOK)
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The Two-Way
5:43 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Chelsea Manning To Be 'Guardian' Columnist

In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick.
AP

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 11:53 am

Updated at 11:33 a.m., Wednesday

Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for being behind the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, will write an opinion column for The Guardian's U.S. website, the site's editor-in-chief said.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

New Mix: Beau Jennings, Other Lives & JD McPherson

Beau Jennings

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 music from three Oklahoma acts—a concept album from Beau Jennings, a slight shift in sound for Other Lives, and a strong new album from JD McPherson.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

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Around the Nation
5:33 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

After Ruling, Alabama Faces Hodgepodge Of Same-Sex Marriage Policies

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

Gay rights advocates have asked a federal court to order probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Meanwhile, some couples staged a sit-in, of sorts, outside the Mobile County courthouse.

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US News
5:17 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

The James C. Nance Memorial Bridge, which connects Purcell and Lexington, Okla., is closed for repair in March 2014. A handful of states have raised their gas taxes in part to fund transportation projects like bridge and road repairs.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

A dozen states are considering something that was rarely discussed a few years ago: raising gas taxes. Low prices at the pump have emboldened state officials to think about raising new revenue to repair crumbling roads and bridges.

It's a scene that's all too familiar in much of the country — construction workers performing emergency repairs on a bridge. In Franklin Township, N.J., one bridge closed abruptly last month when it was deemed unsafe.

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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

'Drone Shoot-Down Bill' Advances In Oklahoma

Drones fly at the International CES held last month in Las Vegas. In Oklahoma, a state senator has introduced a bill that would allow land-owners to shoot a drone down if it's above their property.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 4:23 pm

A bill that would let property owners shoot down a drone that's over their land has made its way out of a Senate committee in Oklahoma, setting up a potential vote on the matter.

It's unclear whether the legislation has a chance of passage; we're reporting on it here as another facet of the debate over how drones are integrated (and regulated) in modern society.

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:53 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Cars Help Tell the Stories of Their Owners

Getting a new car can be fun, but it also means saying goodbye to an old friend or maybe even a cherished member of the family.

Jennifer Martin explores the attachment we have with our vehicles in this week’s Jen-X.

Jennifer was a museum professional before kids.

Now she spends her time as a mother and active Girl Scout volunteer.

Health
8:22 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Is Now The Time To Fix Rather Than Scrap Obamacare?

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves the chamber Feb. 3 after another House vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:32 am

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, "repeal and replace" has been the rallying cry for Republicans who opposed it. But now that most of the law's provisions have taken effect, some health experts are pitching ways to tweak it, rather than eliminate it.

An ideologically diverse panel at the National Health Policy Conference on Monday presented different ideas to make the law work better. But the panelists agreed on one thing: The Affordable Care Act is too complicated.

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