Shots - Health News
5:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Hobby Lobby Ruling Cuts Into Contraceptive Mandate

Customers walk into a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City on Monday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:57 pm

In a 5-4 decision Monday, the Supreme Court allowed a key exemption to the health law's contraception coverage requirements when it ruled that closely held for-profit businesses could assert a religious objection to the Obama administration's regulations. What does it mean? Here are some questions and answers about the case.

What did the court's ruling do?

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Around the Nation
1:32 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Small But Steady Downward Trend In U.S. Executions

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's a little-noticed fact about the death penalty. We've heard a big debate about how to execute people - lethal injection, electric chair, firing squad. That debate obscures a little-noticed fact - the number of people executed by any method is way down in the United States in recent years. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has been covering this story. She's in our studios. Hi, Carrie.

CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: How far down?

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The Two-Way
10:19 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
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Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 1:54 pm

The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.

The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

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23rd & Lincoln
8:40 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Nearly 100 Requests for Interim Studies Filed By Oklahoma Lawmakers

The 2014 Oklahoma legislative session officially ended last month, but as The Journal Record’s Marie Price explains, there’s still work to be done and issues to study.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol at JRLR.net.

Music Lists
5:03 am
Mon June 30, 2014

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

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Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 5:50 pm

Songs announce themselves as essential in different ways. Some knock you off balance; some help you find your rhythm. Some insinuate themselves into your life slowly, until you can't imagine a time they didn't exist; some leap out of car windows, change the course of your week and then vanish.

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Law
8:12 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Justices To Rule In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:23 pm

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Don Gonyea sitting in for Rachel Martin. Tomorrow is the last day of the current Supreme Court session. And the legal community is awaiting decisions in two big cases still pending before the high court.

One involves Obamacare and its requirement that health care plans include coverage for contraceptives, and the other speaks to labor organizing in the public sector. Joining us to set the stage on these potentially landmark cases is NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Hi, Nina.

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The Two-Way
6:08 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions

The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Inmates there say that multi-drug executions are a form of human experimentation.
AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 11:38 am

Death row inmates in two states are taking legal action to stop states from using the kind of multi-drug protocol that resulted in botched executions in Oklahoma and Ohio.

The inmates are not challenging their convictions or death sentences, only the way in which the sentences are to be carried out, notes the Guardian.

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This Land Press
5:36 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Wanda and Elvis: The Queen and the King

Credit facebook.com/WandaJackson

About 60,000 people are expected in downtown Oklahoma City this weekend for the first OKC Fest.  It’s a festival designed to feature the revitalized Oklahoma City and highlight local and national musicians.  Peformers include national country artists Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum and also some local artists including John Moreland and the queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.

Here’s a story on Wanda from This Land Press: 

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4:44 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Manchurian candidate….of Oklahoma?

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The Washington Post looks at an incredibly odd accusation by an opponent that Frank Lucas... well, isn't Frank Lucas.
Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas won his Republican primary with 82.8 percent of the vote on Tuesday. His opponent, Timothy Ray Murray, only received 5.2 percent of the vote. Murray is taking his loss, well, oddly. He's contesting the election results on the grounds that Lucas is dead and has been replaced by a body double.
Music
11:02 am
Fri June 27, 2014

OKC Fest Organizers: This is Only the Beginning

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The three-day music festival OKC Fest kicks off on Friday in downtown Oklahoma City.

Business and civic leader Fred Hall says the idea came from a conversation he had with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett about the rash of benefit concerts that followed the May 2013 tornadoes.

"It started a thought of civic leaders helping support a music festival and having the net proceeds go back to the community in music scholarships," says Hall. "We're doing this to benefit the community. This is a not for profit event."

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