Carless in OKC
8:50 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Changing How People Get Around

There’s no denying that Oklahoma City’s road system centers around vehicles and drivers.

But, for John and Elizabeth Tankard, maybe it’s time for the metro to be more accommodating for people who chose to go Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

Local News
8:24 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Headlines: Oil Prices, Garth Brooks & Elvis at 80

Headlines for Thursday, January 8, 2015:

  • State officials are keeping a close eye on oil prices. (Journal Record)
     
  • Oklahoma’s newest Congressman is already finding himself defending a vote he made in Washington. (NewsOK)

  • A new report puts Oklahoma near the bottom in states for educational outcomes. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Law
6:02 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Undue Burden In Texas At Issue In Federal Court

Women with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health demonstrate outside of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday in New Orleans. A federal appeals court in New Orleans is considering whether a Texas law puts up an unconstitutional obstacle to women seeking abortions.
Jonathan Bachman AP

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 6:17 pm

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the case against the Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers. Opponents say it would have the effect of closing a significant number of the state's clinics. Melissa Block talks to Carrie Feibel of Houston Public Media.

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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