U.S.
4:26 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

A Ruling Against Obamacare Would Have Broad Implications

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act gather in front of the U.S Supreme Court during a rally Wednesday. The court heard arguments in the case and is expected to announce its decision in June.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 7:29 pm

The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could end Obamacare subsidies for policyholders in a majority of states, including Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio. If the court sides with the plaintiffs, it would mean millions of people could no longer afford health insurance.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:16 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Hearing Begins Over OG&E’s Controversial Plan To Comply With Clean Air Act

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
Credit StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gas and Electric — the state’s largest utility — and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt fought the EPA’s new Clean Air Act regulations for years before being left with no choice but to comply.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Senate Fails To Override Obama's Veto On Keystone XL Pipeline

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:58 pm

The Senate has failed to override President Obama's veto on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The final vote was 62-37, short of the two-thirds needed to override the presidential veto. Supporters of the measure had previously said they lacked the votes.

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Politics and Government
1:25 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

House Passes Resolution Calling For Voters To Decide On Constitutional Convention

State Rep. Gary Banz (R-Midwest City)
Credit okhouse.gov

Oklahoma voters would decide whether to call a state constitutional convention under a resolution adopted by the Oklahoma House.

House members voted 83-8 for the resolution Wednesday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

The measure by Republican Rep. Gary Banz of Midwest City says the Oklahoma Constitution requires that voters decide at least every 20 years whether a constitutional convention should be held to consider any changes. The proposal says the last resolution on a constitutional convention was submitted to a vote of the people in March 1970.

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Education
6:47 am
Wed March 4, 2015

History Hysteria: How Oklahoma's Teachers Are Tackling The AP U.S. History Course

Christine Bond teaches students in her AP U.S. history class
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Oklahoma lawmakers are criticizing the new outline for the high school Advanced Placement United States history courses, saying it doesn’t emphasize key figures in American history and that it focuses on a negative view of the country.

But history teachers say otherwise. Educators say they are experiencing more freedom - not less - with the new framework.

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NPR News Investigations
5:12 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

Lupita Ramirez dresses her husband, Joel, at their home in Rialto, Calif. Joel was paralyzed from the waist down after being crushed by a pallet when he was working in a warehouse.
Patrick T. Fallon for ProPublica

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 9:25 am

Dennis Whedbee's crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, N.D.

It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrick hand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top of the well when it suddenly blew.

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Oklahoma News
5:53 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Consumer Groups Urge Attorney General Pruitt's Involvement In Utility Case

OK Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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Consumer groups are calling on the Oklahoma attorney general to be more active in a case that would result in consumer utility bills increasing.

The Oklahoman reports that the utility company will request $1.1 billion from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Tuesday to recover costs for environmental compliance and for the replacement of an aging natural gas plant in Oklahoma City. If approved, consumers will see an average bill increase of more than 15 percent by 2019.

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Health
5:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

"Right To Try" Bill Passes House

State Rep. Richard Morrissette (R-OKC)
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The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that would give terminally ill patients access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves.

House members voted 96-0 for the bill by Democratic Rep. Richard Morrissette of Oklahoma City and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Right to Try legislation expands access to potentially life-saving medications years before terminally ill patients would normally be able to access them. Eligible medications have passed the first of multiple phases in an FDA approval process but are not yet publicly available.

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Business and Economy
4:08 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

U.S. Nearing Crude Oil Storage Capacity

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The U.S. has so much crude oil that it's running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

The Energy Department reported last week that for the past seven weeks the United States has produced and imported an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it's using. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, and pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years.

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Parallels
3:23 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

After Netanyahu's Speech, A Reality Check

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Netanyahu said the world must unite to "stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror." House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio (left) and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, listen.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:12 pm

Since first becoming prime minister in 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu has hammered away at Iran's nuclear program, calling it the greatest threat to Israel. Yet Tuesday's speech to Congress, like many before it, sharply criticized the international response to Iran while offering relatively little as an alternative.

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