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.
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.
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 He's contesting the election results on the grounds that Lucas is dead and has been replaced by a body double.
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."
Oklahoma has been rattled by a surge of earthquakes, which many scientists say is likely linked to oil and gas drilling. On Thursday night, residents packed a contentious town hall meeting to demand answers from public officials. Joe Wertz from StateImpact Oklahoma reports.
There was booing and shouts for regulators to impose a moratorium on the oil and gas disposal wells. Local resident Ester D. Blaine said she had to take all the pictures off her walls. She says citizens and scientists don’t stand a chance against Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry.
KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Poltical Consultant Neva Hill about the ruling from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals saying state's cannot make laws banning same sex marriage.
They also talk about a recent article in the Journal Record regarding Rep. Don Armes and possible impropriety with two Department of Environmental Quality to reduce funding for the agency and undermine its new leadership.
The primary elections saw Joy Hofmeister defeat State Superintendent Janet Barresi without a runoff.
This Saturday at 3 p.m., KOSU introduces America's Test Kitchen for 10-week summer run on our airwaves.
America’s Test Kitchen Radio is a food program filled with clear, practical information, without the gourmet fuss. The hour is all about insights, tips and techniques that illuminate the truth about real home cooking. There will be some mystery, too, like why bad things happen to good recipes and the science behind good results.