23rd & Lincoln
11:30 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Keeping Oklahoma Executions From the Shadows

  Oklahoma media outlets are working to keep the state from barring them from executions of convicte criminals.

The Journal Record's Marie Price breaks down the court case for us in this Week's 23rd and Lincoln.

You can find more of Marie's insights at JRLR.net.

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The Two-Way
11:23 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Democratic Mayors Back Obama's Immigration Plan, Citing Economic Benefits

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is hosting mayors from across the country to support President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 2:50 pm

Short on the heels of a nonbinding House vote to block President Obama's executive action on immigration, some 20 Democratic U.S. mayors are meeting today in New York City to send a different message:

They want to help implement the president's plan.

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Local News
11:09 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Festival Promoting Peace Comes to Langston

For the first time ever, one of the biggest impact music festivals is coming to Langston University to spread love and not violence.

One Love, which now has more than 50 followers to the movement, will be bringing its event to Langston.

Over the past few months, racial tensions and violence have increased since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

In light of that, a few students at Langston University are creating a music festival titled “One Love”.

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Local News
7:56 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Headlines: Pruitt/Energy Companies, Pain Clinics & Taiwan

Headlines for Monday, December 8, 2014:

  • A New York Times investigation shows a secretive alliance between energy companies and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as well as other Republican A-Gs across the country. (NY Times)

  • Clinics in the state of Oklahoma are profiting off the pain of others. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Health
4:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Antipsychotic drugs aren't necessary in the vast majority of dementia cases, gerontologists say. The pills can be stupefying and greatly raise the risk of falls — and hip fracture.
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Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:17 pm

It's one of the worst fears we have for our parents or for ourselves: that we, or they, will end up in a nursing home, drugged into a stupor. And that fear is not entirely unreasonable. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, usually to suppress the anxiety or aggression that can go with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.

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Health
4:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

When It Comes To Day Care, Parents Want All Children Vaccinated

According to a national poll on children's health, over 80 percent of parents believe all children in day care should be required to be up to date on their vaccines.
Alison Bruzek NPR

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 4:55 pm

There's been a lot of attention drawn to people who don't believe in vaccinating their children, but there are many more people who believe that vaccines are the best way to protect children from contagious disease. A recent poll shows just how concerned parents are about vaccines when it comes to putting their children in day care.

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The Two-Way
2:46 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Congress Clashes Over Release Of CIA 'Torture Report'

Senate intelligence committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is again defending her report on CIA torture methods, which was set to be released this week.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 9:06 am

Leaders on Capitol Hill are at odds regarding a report on CIA methods — including torture — used to extract information in the so-called war on terror.

Chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has been fighting for the release of her 480-page executive summary of the report since April of this year, and it finally was scheduled for a reveal this week.

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Code Switch
11:38 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared on the Fox Business Network earlier this year. He has been a frequent cable news commentator about the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.
Rob Kim Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 1:52 pm

Now more than ever, America needs productive conversations about race, stereotyping, police, crime and social justice. And too often, our national media continues to fall short.

After many years of dissecting how race works in media, I was both disappointed and but, sadly, not surprised by much of the coverage so far. It repeats many of the same mistakes we've seen for years in how we talk about race-fueled controversies in America.

We don't have the right conversations.

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The Two-Way
5:02 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

Gas prices in Oklahoma City have dipped under $2.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:50 pm

The photo above isn't from the archives. It was taken this week in Oklahoma City, where the price of regular gas has fallen under $2 a gallon. The last time that happened anywhere in the U.S. was in July 2010.

The OnCue filling station is the first in the country to drop its price below the $2/gallon threshold.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Income Tax Law Gets Supreme Court Approval

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State Supreme Court approving the law to cut Oklahoma's Income Tax.

They also discuss the fallout over a blown referee call in a high school playoff game, the Democrats giving up on Congressional District 2, and the state budget facing lawmakers in 2015.

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