All Tech Considered
6:02 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

A Plan To Put Your Driver's License On Your Phone

A screen shot taken from a video demonstrating how Iowa's digital driver's license would look on a smartphone.
Iowa Department of Transportation

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:20 pm

We're doing more and more things with our smartphones, so why not use them to store our driver's license? But when you think about it, you may not be comfortable handing your phone over to a police officer.

Motorists in Iowa may be among the first in the nation to be able to whip out their smartphones to access their licenses at traffic stops. The Iowa Department of Transportation is developing a smartphone app that would allow drivers to access a digitally encoded license that would take the place of the conventional plastic ID card.

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Local News
8:20 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Headlines: Redskins Mascot, Fly Tulsa & OKC Millennials

Headlines for Wednesday, January 7, 2015:

  • Crowds gather to hear from Native American parents supporting the change of the Redskin mascot at Capitol Hill High School. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa International Airport is working on a new marketing campaign encouraging people to stay home to fly in a plane. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma sets a new record in earthquakes in 2014. (Tulsa World)

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Law
3:40 am
Wed January 7, 2015

U.S. Court Weighs Texas Law's Burden On Women Seeking Abortions

The Southwestern Women's Surgery Center in Dallas is one of the clinics in Texas that has doctors with admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, a requirement of HB2.
Rex C. Curry AP

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:35 pm

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of a hotly contested abortion law in Texas. The measure mandates stricter building codes for clinics that perform the procedure, and Fifth Circuit judges in New Orleans will decide whether that poses an undue burden.

The Texas law — HB2 — requires clinics that perform abortions to operate like ambulatory surgical centers. Think wider hallways and hospital-style equipment — upgrades that could cost millions.

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Law
5:45 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Botched Lethal Injection Executions Reignite Death Penalty Debate

Arizona Department of Corrections inmate Joseph Wood was executed by lethal injection in July. It took 15 doses and nearly two hours for him to die.
AP

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 6:36 pm

This past year, the number of inmates executed in America was the lowest in two decades at 35, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

New Mix: Modest Mouse, Laura Marling & Dan Deacon

Modest Mouse

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.

Today, we look forward to Matt's most anticipated albums of the new year, including music from Modest Mouse, Laura Marling, and Dan Deacon.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Legislation, White House Says

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 7:25 pm

Updated at 5:46 p.m.

The White House says President Obama will veto any congressional legislation that approves the Keystone XL pipeline.

"If this bill passes this Congress, the president wouldn't sign it," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

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Local News
8:56 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Headlines: Pot Lawsuit, Hoodie Ban and Heupel Out

Headlines for Tuesday, January 6, 2015:

  • A group of conservative Oklahoma lawmakers are opposing Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s marijuana lawsuit. (Tulsa World)

  • An Oklahoma bill to prohibit hoodies in concealing one’s identity is causing a national stir. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin is setting a date for a special election to fill a Tulsa State Senator’s Seat. (Tulsa World)

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Speaker Election Reveals Split Among Some House Republicans

If Rep. John Boehner secures re-election as speaker of the House on Tuesday, the task at hand will be governing. Boehner's expanded rank and file now includes members from some of the bluest states in the country.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 12:39 pm

The modern Republican Party is rooted in the South. But there's little evidence of that when it comes to congressional leadership.

When the new Congress begins its session, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will lead Senate Republicans. Across the Capitol, though, it's not a Southerner that will wield the gavel. It's Ohio Republican John Boehner, a pragmatist who is ideologically — and geographically — distant from many of the members he will again lead if elected for a third term as speaker of the House.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:39 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Duncan Bans All Outdoor Watering as Waurika Lake Levels Continue to Fall

The December 30, 2014 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor for Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

The drought in southwest Oklahoma has lingered for more than four years now, and it will take more than a wet end to 2014 to stop it — a lot more.

Despite receiving above average December precipitation, the City of Duncan will ban all outdoor watering beginning next week. That’s because water levels in Waurika Lake, Duncan’s only current drinking water source, continue to drop.

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Local News
8:08 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Headlines: Fallin Inauguration, Female Murder Victims & New Congressman

Headlines for Monday, January 5, 2015:

  • The State of Oklahoma is getting ready for the new legislative session and the second term of Governor Mary Fallin. (Tulsa World)
  • Tulsa’s homicide rate is dropping, but female and domestic violence deaths are increasing. (Tulsa World)
     
  • The Osage Tribe in Northeast Oklahoma is missing out on energy funds. (Journal Record)
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