Hobby Lobby

With the Senate Judiciary Committee set to open hearings on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, the game of confirmation cat and mouse is about to begin. Senators will try to get a fix on Gorsuch's legal views — and the nominee will try to say as little as possible.

Supreme Court scholars and practitioners on the right and left may disagree about whether they want to see Gorsuch confirmed, but in general there is little doubt about the nominee's conservatism. Indeed, his conservative pedigree is the reason he was picked.

A national campaign to rewrite state laws and allow businesses to decide how to care for their injured workers suffered a significant setback Tuesday when the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma's version of the law is unconstitutional.

The family that owns Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma-based Christian company that became a household name after winning a landmark Supreme Court case last year, is under investigation for illegally importing religious artifacts.

Brian Hardzinski reports for NPR's Newscast unit:

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A one-year trial of Bible curriculum developed by the Green Scholars Initiative, a group affiliated with Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, has been abandoned by Mustang Public Schools.

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An author pushing for the separation of church and state is coming to Oklahoma.

KOSU's Danniel Parker reports on the visit of Rob Boston.

Rob Boston is speaking at Belle Isle Library tonight at 7 p.m.

Boston says separation of church and state is especially important to the overwhelmingly Christian and republican state of Oklahoma where he feels it's misinterpreted and exploited by state government.

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Despite questions raised by the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, women in most health plans will still be able to get their birth control covered with no out-of-pocket expenses.

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Democrats in the Senate have unveiled legislation to override the recent Supreme Court decision on contraceptives.

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In that decision, the court sided with the owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores, ruling that many businesses do not have to pay for health insurance to cover contraceptives if they object on religious grounds.

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