Politics
12:18 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Drama On The Docket: High Court's Term Set To End With Slate Of Big Cases

A Tea Party supporter rings a bell in protest of the health care law in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, as Obamacare supporters shout behind her.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 3:25 pm

Major decisions are expected this month, as the U.S. Supreme Court works its way through several cases still pending before it closes out its calendar for the 2014-2015 term.

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The Salt
5:38 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Nocturnal Nosh: Americans Get A Taste Of Night Markets

Potato swirls at 626 Night Market in Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Brian Fung Courtesy of 626 Night Market

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 1:24 pm

Many American towns put the "Closed" sign up by 6 p.m. But night markets are drawing people out in Minnesota, Oklahoma and Virginia, with food, art and music from the local community.

The model for the nocturnal markets is the Asian night market, where people eat, shop and socialize and tourists discover delicacies like live scorpions and roasted sea horse until the wee hours of the morning.

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Around the Nation
2:24 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

When Feeding The Homeless Runs Afoul Of The Law

Cheever stands with Mundo, one of her regular homeless clients.
David Martin Davies TPR

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 1:50 pm

Every Tuesday night, Joan Cheever hits the streets of San Antonio to feed the homeless. In a decade, she's rarely missed a night. But on a recent, windy Tuesday, something new happens.

The police show up.

"He says we have to have a permit," Cheever says. "We have a permit. We are a licensed nonprofit food truck."

Cheever runs a nonprofit called the Chow Train. Her food truck is licensed by the city. On this night, she has loaded the back of a pickup with catering equipment and hot meals and driven to San Antonio's Maverick Park, near a noisy downtown highway.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Dallas Police Chief: 'A Blessing' No Officers Hurt In Attack On HQ

Police block the intersection of Dowdy Ferry Rd. and Interstate 45 during a standoff with a gunman barricaded inside a van in Hutchins, Texas.
Brandon Wade AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 12:07 pm

Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET

Automatic gunfire from an armored van shattered the glass frontage at Dallas Police headquarters before the van sped away, leading police on a chase and standoff with the driver, who was killed by a SWAT unit sniper.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect had told negotiators that the van was "rigged with explosives" so authorities were being cautious in approaching it. A fire later erupted as authorities tried to clear the vehicle of pipe bombs.

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Here & Now
4:30 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Kansas Passes Tax Hike To Close Gaping Budget Gap

The Kansas State Capitol is pictured in October 2014. (digitalpapercuts/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 3:58 pm

After a long, contentious night, lawmakers in the Kansas House passed two spending bills that raise taxes to close a budget shortfall. The bills aren’t guaranteed to be enacted, even though Governor Sam Brownback has pleaded with conservatives to pass them, because the state Senate still hasn’t approved the plan.

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1:34 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

The Man Who Helped Save the Big 12? Rethinking Dan Beebe in Realignment

Sports Illustrated looks back at conference realignment, five years removed from an important meeting that tried to hold the Big 12 Conference together.
The following passage came from a paper handed out on June 1, 2010 as multiple schools pondered leaving their conferences for other leagues ... A collateral consideration for all of us as national leaders in intercollegiate athletics is the creation of a few "mega-conferences" may result in more governmental, legal and public scrutiny.
DeadCenter Film Festival
12:14 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Oklahoma Musician Goes on Journey to Find "Oklahoma's Favorite Son" Will Rogers

Credit Matt Goad

The 15th annual deadCENTER Film Festival kicked off yesterday and lasts through Sunday. One film making its world premiere at deadCENTER.

That’s the sound from the cabin of an airplane descending into Barrow, Alaska. On board are two Oklahoma filmmakers—Beau Jennings and Bradley Beesley—heading to shoot footage for a documentary that retraces the footsteps of “Oklahoma's Favorite Son” Will Rogers.

Two Oklahomans, that is, flying into Alaska to shoot a scene on the fateful 1935 plane crash of two other Okies—Will Rogers and Wiley Post.

"We made a number of jokes about a couple of Okies flying back to Barrow, Alaska and wondered how smart we were to do so."

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 12, 2015

State Senator Investigation, Teachers' Union Dues & GOP Infighting

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the leadership resignations by Owasso Republican Senator Rick Brinkley who faces allegations of embezzlement and a law banning paycheck deductions for teachers' union dues comes under question when a Tulsa law firm representing 300 school districts tells them it's unenforceable.

The trio also discuss the attacks against state leaders and lawmakers from the conservative Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs concerning claims of a shrinking budget and from Republicans supporting state GOP Political Director TC Ryan who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse.

Headlines
8:11 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Headlines: Capitol Repairs, Cushing Prison & Paramount OKC Changes

Headlines for Friday, June 12, 2015:

  • Bad language in Workers Comp bills cost state more than $90M. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Work on the interior of the State Capitol is starting far earlier than expected. (NewsOK)

  • Oil and gas production in Osage County is getting harder. (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise)

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Health
3:27 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:20 am

Some health insurance companies are asking for big price increases next year, and that has again riled critics of the federal health care law. But early analysis shows those steep hikes may not affect the majority of consumers.

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