Rep. Mike Ritze
4:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Oklahoma Legislator Wants Immigrant Children Quarantined

Rep. Mike Ritze
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

A state lawmaker who is one of two doctors in the Oklahoma Legislature is insisting that unaccompanied immigrant minors being housed at Fort Sill be quarantined.

Republican state Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow said Tuesday he wants the federal government to provide documentation that all of the children at Fort Sill have been medically screened and don't pose a health risk.

More than 860 minors are currently being housed at the southwest Oklahoma Army post near Lawton.

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Two Court Decisions
3:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 6:10 pm

Another wild legal ride for Obamacare on Tuesday: Two U.S. Court of Appeals panels issued conflicting decisions on an issue with the potential to gut the health care overhaul.

The two rulings could lead to another U.S. Supreme Court showdown over the controversial law, all because of what one of the law's opponents initially called "a glitch."

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Health Care Law
12:58 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Okla. Attorney General: D.C. Court's Decision Could Affect Oklahoma Lawsuit

Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt / Facebook

Update 3:15pm: see NPR's story about another court decision that affirms the federal health care law, saying the state exchanges set up by the federal government can offer subsidies to people who purchase insurance through those subsidies. Oklahoma's attorney general says a decision by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., against a provision of the federal health care law bolsters the state's lawsuit that challenges a similar provision of the Affordable Care Act.

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World Views
11:58 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Small Scenes, Big Issues: Poet Captures Day-to-Day Existence In U.S., Venezuela

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Venezuelan poet Arturo Gutierrez-Plaza has spent his career crafting poems exploring the scenes of everyday life. He told KGOU’s World Views he views poetry as a way to maintain the experience of childhood discovery as you learn new words, and how to use those words to unfold the tapestry of language.

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Health
10:50 am
Tue July 22, 2014

The Immigrant Kids Have Health Issues — But Not The Ones You'd Think

Two young girls, part of the wave of unaccompanied children who've illegally entered the U.S., watch a soccer match at the Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Arizona.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:43 pm

Close to 60,000 children have crossed illegally into the U.S. since last October. They've sparked a crisis. But is it a humanitarian crisis or a public health one?

The children carry "swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus, and tuberculosis," and can spread the diseases to the U.S., wrote Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., a retired obstetrician-gynecologist, in a July 7 letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rubio: U.S. Cannot Admit All Children Seeking Asylum

Rubio, seen here addressing the National Press Club in May, told NPR he'll decide on a presidential run in the next few months
Alex Wong Getty

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 12:24 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio argued that the nation's immigration laws need to be overhauled and said that Hillary Clinton would be a flawed candidate for president.

"I just think she's a 20th century candidate," he said. "I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now."

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Oklahoma News
7:14 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Study: 1 In 4 Oklahoma Kids Live In Poverty

Credit Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new national study shows that nearly 1 in 4 children in Oklahoma live in poverty and the number of children living in high-poverty areas has more than doubled since 2000.

The 25th annual Kids Count report released Tuesday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Oklahoma 39th in 16 indicators across four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family and community. The state dropped from 36th in 2013, one of the largest declines in the United States.

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Politics and Government
12:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Co-Chairman Of RNC To Visit Oklahoma Republicans For Training And Fundraiser

Sharon Day, Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee.
Credit Facebook

The co-chairman of the Republican National Committee is visiting Oklahoma to help train GOP candidates and to headline a fundraiser for the state party.

RNC Co-Chairman Sharon Day will be in Oklahoma on Thursday to train state and local Republican candidates on target messaging in an event coordinated with the OklahomaRepublican Party.

Thursday evening, Day will headline a "Denim and Diamonds" fundraiser for the OklahomaRepublican Party at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

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Arts and Entertainment
8:57 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Interim Study To Evaluate Future Of Oklahoma Arts Council

Oklahoma Arts Council
Credit Oklahoma Arts Council

After years of discussions and a handful of bills seeking to eliminate or reduce funding to the Oklahoma Arts Council, one legislator wants to keep the mission of the group going by looking at ways to keep them viable in the state.

Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, who has been a supporter of the agency, said her interim study, H14-0018, approved earlier this month, will look what other states with similar government arts management agencies are doing.

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Education
8:20 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Oklahoma City Schools Sign Presidential Education Pledge

Credit Nick Conroy / Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma City Public Schools is among 60 of the nation’s largest districts throwing their support behind a presidential initiative meant to ensure more students of color are succeeding academically.

While promoting his initiative Monday, President Barack Obama said 60 districts signed a pledge to participate in the initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. Obama first unveiled the program in February.

The goal of the initiative is to improve graduation rates among black and Hispanic male students, improve academic performance and ensure students are ready for college or the workforce.

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