Headlines
8:15 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Headlines: Oil Revenues Drop, FEMA Says No & ODOT Studies Earthquakes

Headlines for Tuesday, April 7, 2015:

  • Declining oil prices cuts into Oklahoma’s revenue collections. (NewsOK)

  • FEMA refuses a disaster declaration for Tulsa and Cleveland Counties after tornadoes last month. (Tulsa World)

  • The State Department of Transportation is looking into earthquake effects on bridges. (Journal Record)

Read more
The Two-Way
7:32 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul Announces 2016 Presidential Run

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., listens to a question at the Epoch Restaurant in Exeter, N.H., on March 21. Paul announced his presidential run today in Louisville, Ky.
Cheryl Senter AP

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 12:42 pm

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced today that he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

"I have a message — a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words," he told supporters in Louisville, Ky. "We've come to take our country back."

Read more
The Two-Way
5:13 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Obama Compares Iran Deal To A House Under Contract, Awaiting Appraisal

NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Obama at the White House on Monday.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 12:37 pm

I've rarely seen President Obama speak in such definite terms on a thorny issue as he did yesterday about the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Read more
Education
3:23 am
Tue April 7, 2015

A New Orleans High School Adapts To Unaccompanied Minors

G.W. Carver Preparatory Academy has enrolled more than 50 unaccompanied minors from Central America. Principal Ben Davis says he's spending an extra $2,500 per student for special education services and instructional software tailored for them.
LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 3:03 pm

For the past year now, many Americans have been hearing and reading about the 68,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed illegally into the U.S. Nearly all of these minors come from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras, and since their arrival, immigration officials have released most of them to their parents or relatives who already live in this country.

A number of these children and teenagers are in deportation proceedings, but while they wait, they have been allowed to attend public schools. In Louisiana, schools have enrolled nearly 2,000 of them.

Read more
Headlines
7:48 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Headlines: Drilling Ban, Bird Flu & Cold Beer

Headlines for Monday, April 6, 2015:

  • Bills barring local control of oil and gas drilling might have an unforeseen consequence: ending the Federal Flood Insurance program in Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

  • The President of Oklahoma City University is joining in a critique of Oklahoma’s execution methods. (NewsOK)

  • More trouble is coming for Sampson Resources. (Journal Record)

Read more
US News
7:17 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Utah Brings Back Firing Squad Executions; Witnesses Recall The Last One

The firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah, is shown in June 2010.
Trent Nelson AP

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 2:46 pm

Last month, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill bringing back the firing squad as a method of execution. The state abandoned firing squads in 2004 but now, it has returned as the backup option — partly because of a shortage of lethal injection drugs, the state's default execution method.

Utah is now the only state in the U.S. that authorizes execution by firing squad.

Read more
US News
9:42 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Lowering A City's Homeless Population — By Forcing The Homeless Out

The city of Hollywood, Fla., bought the Homeless Voice shelter from its owner, a longtime advocate for the homeless who agreed to stay away from the city for the next 30 years.
Greg Allen

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 11:19 am

It's been a week of goodbyes at the Homeless Voice in Hollywood, Fla. For nearly 13 years, this rundown, 22-room hotel operated as a homeless shelter.

On most nights, hotel manager Christine Jordan says, more than 200 homeless men and women stayed here, some sleeping on mats in the cafeteria.

"We called this the emergency level ... almost 40 people in here every night," she says. Some stayed for free and others paid on a sliding scale. "[Now], everything's gone. I can't cry anymore."

Read more
This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Teachers, Doctors and Climate Change

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Monday's teacher rally and the vote a few days earlier to ban payroll deductions to teachers' unions.

The trio also discuss the new law signed by Governor Fallin to require doctors to check an online database of prescription drugs to crack down on abuse and Oklahoma emergency officials have to make hazard plans dealing with climate change or risk losing grant money.

Headlines
8:04 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Headlines: Teacher Union Dues, More Energy Layoffs & Thunder Defense

Headlines for Friday, April 3, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill banning payroll deductions for dues to teachers unions. (Tulsa World)

  • Another energy company announces layoffs. (Journal Record)

  • The deaths of four people in Tulsa leave the community perplexed. (KJRH)

Read more
Environment
11:11 am
Thu April 2, 2015

The View From Sardis Lake: Why Moving Water to Where It’s Needed is So Hard

A sign along Oklahoma Highway 43 near Sardis Lake.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Moving water from where it’s plentiful to where it’s needed seems like a logical way to meet all Oklahomans’ future water needs. But water transfers are complicated, and not just because they’re expensive  but because communities with lots of water want to keep it. Nothing illustrates this tension/challenge/whatever better than Sardis Lake.

A bill passed by the state Senate — SB760 — would, among other things, study whether moving water from basin to basin is a viable way of mitigating drought, and started with the idea of moving water from the eastern part of the state to the west. But it’s not the first time people in southeast Oklahoma have faced the prospect of losing the water in their area.

Read more

Pages