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12:27 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Massive Storm Leaves Frozen Footprint Across U.S.

Cars sit in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive after accidents and drifting snow stranded the drivers during a blizzard in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. were left shivering in Arctic-like temperatures a day after a 2,000-mile-long winter storm barreled through, dumping record or near-record amounts of snow, downing power lines and caving in roofs.

Wind chills dipped to nearly 30 below zero in some parts early Thursday as people began digging out from the sprawling system. It unloaded as much as 2 feet of snow, crippled airports and stranded drivers in downtown Chicago. Much of Texas was under a hard freeze warning Wednesday; light snowfall stubbornly lingered into the night in Maine.

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Around the Nation
11:47 am
Wed May 23, 2012

In Central U.S., Fears Storms Will Continue

Oklahoma Task Force One search-and-rescue members (from left) Jim Winham, Nick Swainston and Kevin Mann search through debris for victims Tuesday in Joplin, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

More than a dozen people died after violent storms swept across Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas, unleashing tornadoes and high winds just days after a massive twister razed much of a Missouri city.

In Oklahoma, hardest hit by the storms that struck Tuesday night and early Wednesday, officials said nine people, including a child, were killed when several twisters touched down in Oklahoma City and its suburbs. At least 70 other people were in critical condition.

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Around the Nation
11:38 am
Wed May 23, 2012

The Agony Of The Heat

Leena Allen, 9, tries to beat the miserable heat by standing in front of a misting fan during a visit to the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

The eastern U.S. felt the full, blazing brunt Thursday of a heat wave that began in the Plains and has strained tempers and electricity grids from Tulsa to Boston amid record temperatures and stifling humidity.

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It's All Politics
7:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Obama Returns To Oklahoma Talking Oil

President Obama announces support for building an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas, Thursday in Cushing, Okla.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Thursday marked the first time President Obama has visited Oklahoma since running for the White House in 2008. He didn't win the state four years ago, and he's not expected to carry the traditionally red state this November, either.

But one Oklahoma town took center stage Thursday as Obama wrapped up a two-day tour of four states promoting his energy policy.

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Law
4:55 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Court Strikes Down Oklahoma Shariah Ban

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

A federal appeals court has struck down Oklahoma's ban on Sharia law. The ruling said the state amendment, which was passed in 2010, discriminated against Muslims.

NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports.

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Around the Nation
11:28 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Heat, Drought Pressure Oklahoma's Water Supplies

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin talks about the state's response to the drought during a news conference Monday in Oklahoma City. At right is state Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood.
Sue Ogrocki AP

It's been so hot and dry this summer that climatologists say the southern part of the United States is going through an "exceptional drought."

Parts of Oklahoma have seen little rain since October — not to mention a string of 100-degree days. The steamy conditions are pressuring the state's water needs.

About 1.2 million people live in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, and they are putting a drain on the city's water supplies.

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The Two-Way
6:22 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Parts Of U.S. Emerge From Wave Of Scorching Heat

As Florida temperatures hover in the 90's, boys use a swing rope to cool off in the Suwannee River near Chiefland, Fla.
Phil Sandlin AP

America's South, Midwest and Southwest are suffering through drought and high heat. Those regions have braved a string of days that saw temperatures in the high 90s, with heat indexes commonly reaching above 110 degrees.

But forecasters say much of the eastern U.S. will experience a gradual cool-down in the next few days. "New York and the D.C. area will drop down intothe lower 80s by Friday," the AP said, "while Atlanta drops to the upper 80s Friday and Saturday."

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Religion
7:47 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

Oklahoma's Anti-Shariah Law Put On Hold, For Now

Election board inspector Pat Cook places an "I Voted" sticker on a voter during early voting in Oklahoma City late last month.
Sue Ogrocki AP

A federal judge on Monday temporarily stopped Oklahoma's new anti-Shariah law from taking effect.

Oklahoma's law -- a ballot initiative approved by 70 percent of Oklahomans in the Nov. 2 elections -- would change the state constitution to prohibit courts from considering international or Muslim law when deciding cases.

Muneer Awad, head of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, wasn't surprised at the Nov. 2 vote -- but he was sad and worried.

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Remembrances
9:49 am
Sat December 19, 2009

Oral Roberts Leaves Personal Miracles Behind

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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Law
7:28 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

Oklahoma Abortion Law 'Invasive,' Critics Say

In Oklahoma, a new law requires any woman seeking an abortion to first answer dozens of personal questions, including why she wants the procedure. That information, names omitted, would eventually be posted on a state Web site.

Those who support the measure say it will help them better understand why women are seeking abortions. Abortion rights advocates call the law intimidating and invasive, and this week, they are challenging it in court. Legal experts say the law is another test of how far states can go to regulate abortion.

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