The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Under Executive Action, Immigrants Are Entitled To Social Security Benefits

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:20 am

We're a little late to this news, but we're pointing it out to set the record straight: The White House says immigrants protected under President Obama's executive action will be eligible for Social Security benefits.

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Energy
1:22 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Possible Wind Energy Regulation Coming to Oklahoma

A wind-powered water pump and a wind-driven electricity turbine share a field near the town of Calumet in western Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Tuesday ended its four-month inquiry into wind energy development in Oklahoma. The examination could lead to new rules, though it’s not clear what they might be or which agency would enforce them.

The commission heard from vocal landowners for and against wind farms. Developers lauded the economic potential of Oklahoma’s wind, while conservationists and Indian tribes warned that, left unchecked, turbines would kill threatened bird species and ruin delicate grasslands.

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Local News
7:56 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Headlines: Tax Cuts, AWACS & High School Football

Headlines for Wednesday, December 3, 2014:

  • An Oklahoma law to cut personal income taxes from 5.25% to eventually 4.85% is moving forward. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma lawmakers protect Tinker Air Force Base’s entire fleet of AWACS. (NewsOK)

  • The small northeast Oklahoma town of Locust Grove is finding itself cast as a villain for winning a football game. (Tulsa World)

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Sample Size
6:04 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

New Mix: Grooms, MRD & Young Ejecta

Grooms
Ebru Yildiz

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. This week, we're also joined by The Oklahoman's entertainment editor Nathan Poppe.

Today, we look at a new song from Brooklyn band Grooms, a long road to recovery for Brantley Cowan of MRD, and the danceable synth-pop of Young Ejecta.

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Code Switch
2:22 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

A Brief History Of Racial Protest In Sports

Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms in a "hands up, don't shoot" pose as they walk onto the field before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders.
L.G. Patterson AP

On Sunday, five St. Louis Rams players jogged onto the field with their arms raised by their heads, a stream of fog behind them: hands up, don't shoot.

The players — Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Stedman Bailey — were invoking the gesture that's been widely used in protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. This followed the announcement that a grand jury would not indict Wilson in Brown's death, and the release of a hefty batch of evidence shown to the jury by St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCullough.

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JenX with Jennifer Martin
8:50 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Using Gadgets to Memorialize Events

Credit Amazon.com

In the week’s JenX, modern technology allows us to capture many special events in our lives.

But, as Jennifer Martin reflects, maybe we’re losing the moment while trying too hard to capture the moment.


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Local News
8:38 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Headlines: Welfare Money, Marijuana Bust & Christmas Tree Shortage

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of December 2, 2014:

  • A new law keeping welfare funds out of casinos, liquor stores, tobacco shops and strip clubs is hitting a snag. (NewsOK)

  • Authorities find more than a ton of marijuana at a ranch in southern Oklahoma. (KXII-TV)

  • An Oklahoma man who died earlier this year appears to be the victim of Islamic extremists. (NewsOK)

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Health
4:08 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

Don Benfield is trying to get health care coverage for his family. The options at work are too expensive, but his employer's option disqualifies him from Affordable Care Act subsidies.
Courtesy of Don Benfield

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 8:50 am

Don Benfield of Taylorsville, N.C., makes $11 an hour working for a mobile-home parts business, selling things like replacement doors and windows.

Benfield, 51, doesn't have health insurance.

"I haven't had health care insurance in years, simply because I haven't been able to afford it, especially with food prices, how they went up," he explains.

Benfield's employer does offer health insurance coverage, even though, with fewer than 50 employees, the business is not required to.

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Business
3:52 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Colorado's Pot Industry Looks To Move Past Stereotypes

Brooke Gehring, CEO of Patients Choice and Live Green Cannabis, stands in one of her company's grow houses in Denver.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 9:04 am

It's been nearly a year since Colorado made recreational marijuana legal, and since then, pot has become a billion-dollar business in the state. And some growers have made it a mission to make it legitimate and mainstream.

"Change the face," says pot entrepreneur Brooke Gehring. "But really, not to be the stereotype of what they think is stoner culture, but to realize they are true business people that are operating these companies."

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The Salt
3:42 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Of Carrots And Kids: Healthy School Lunches That Don't Get Tossed

Samples of carrots cooked three ways are placed on a table for the kids at Walker-Jones Educational Campus, in Washington, D.C., to sample after they have finished lunch. The crowd favorite will later end up on the school lunch menu.
Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 10:50 am

You can lead a child to vegetables, but can you make her eat them?

A child, for instance, like Salem Tesfaye, a first-grader at Walker-Jones Educational Campus in Washington, D.C. Tesfaye picked up a lunch today that's full of nutrition: chicken in a whole-wheat wrap, chopped tomatoes and lettuce from local farms, a slice of cantaloupe and milk.

But, she confesses, sometimes she throws her lunch out. I ask her what she did today. "I threw all of it away," she says softly.

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