StateImpact Oklahoma
1:24 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Why Midwest City and Del City Oppose Norman’s Plan to Reuse Wastewater

Lake Thunderbird, near Norman, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

It was around this time last year that the Norman City Council decided to stake its water future on reuse — sending cleaned wastewater back into Lake Thunderbird, the city’s main water source. It’s an ambitious, future-looking plan Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal says is in line with the state’s goal of using no more water in 2060 than it did in 2012.

But Norman isn’t the only city that relies on Lake Thunderbird for its water, and Midwest City and Del City would also need to be behind the plan before it goes before the Department of Environmental Quality for approval.

They aren’t.

Read more
Here & Now
1:03 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

How The Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Same-Sex Parents

Seattle moms Sarah Weigle and Julia Crouch and their daughter Maya. Although married in Washington state, Crouch chose to adopt their daughter to protect her status as a parent across the U.S. (Joshua McNichols/KUOW)

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 4:20 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule soon on the legality of same-sex marriage. The justices’ decision could mark the end of a complicated legal era in which same sex couples have had to jump through some bizarre legal hoops to make sure their families were legally protected. The situation is the most awkward for lesbian couples, where mothers have to adopt their own children. Joshua McNichols from Here & Now contributor KUOW in Seattle reports.

Read more
The Two-Way
11:18 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Colorado Supreme Court Says Employees Can Be Fired For Marijuana Use

Brandon Coats works on his computer at his home in Denver in December 2012.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:27 am

Now that marijuana use is legal in Colorado, can employees be fired for lighting up a joint in their free time?

That was the question before the Colorado Supreme Court this term and on Monday it came to a conclusion: Yes, you can get fired.

The case was brought by Brandon Coats, who sued Dish Network after it fired him for using his "state-licensed ... medical marijuana at home during nonworking hours."

Read more
The Two-Way
7:57 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Texas Braces For Heavy Rain As Tropical Wave Gathers Steam In Gulf

This map shows the amount of rain expected in the U.S. over the next three days.
NOAA

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 4:45 pm

Parts of Texas have barely had time to recover from the last round of flooding rains, but the National Weather Service is warning that there's more to come this week.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Pages