Oklahoma News
5:13 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

OK Democratic Party Executive Director Stepping Down

Credit okdemocrats.org

The executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party has stepped down from the post he'd held for more than three years.

Party officials announced Monday that Trav Robertson has taken a "leave of absence to explore another opportunity."

The party's Central Committee voted unanimously to promote David Scott of Ada to the position of interim executive director. Scott has worked for the last few years as the party's director of information technology.

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Oklahoma News
4:41 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

1.8 Million Oklahomans Affected By Drought

The January 20, 2015 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor for Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor says more than 1.8 million Oklahomans are being affected by an ongoing, deepening drought.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board says that in the past month, the percentage of Oklahoma classified as being in exceptional drought has decreased slightly, but more than 60% of the state still remains classified in moderate drought or worse.

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The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

An Asteroid Is Passing Very Close To Earth Today. Here's How To See It

Asteroid 2004 BL86 will be visible in parts of the sky tonight. Visibility is expected to peak around 9 p.m. ET, as shown in this NASA graphic.
Sky & Telescope

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 4:46 pm

By the time you read this post, asteroid 2004 BL86 will already have come as close to us as it's going to get as it flies by Earth. At about 11:19 a.m. ET today, it was nearly 745,000 miles away from our planet. That's only about three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

But don't worry, you may still be able to catch a glimpse of the huge hunk of rock tonight.

When and how can I see the asteroid?

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Oklahoma News
3:27 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Federal Grant Awards $7.8 Million To Homeless Programs

Credit Stefan Neubig / Flickr

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $7.8 million in grants to 72 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma.

The funding announced Monday is an increase of $356,155 over the previous year. HUD's Continuum of Care grants help agencies provide housing and support services to people and families experiencing homelessness.

Local programs receiving the grants offer a variety of services including street outreach, client assessment, and direct housing assistance. Nationally, HUD awarded $1.8 billion.

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The Salt
2:47 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That

Seattle garbage collector Anousone Sadettanh empties a small residential garbage bin into his truck in 2014. It is now illegal to toss out food with the trash in the city. Residents will get warning tags for now; the city will start imposing fines in July.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:11 pm

In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate.

The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you've violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans.

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Health
12:56 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Supreme Court Denies Oklahoma Request To Join Challenge To Health Care Law

Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's request to join a challenge to the federal health care law.

In a one-sentence order on Monday, the nation's high court denied Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's writ of certiorari.

Pruitt wanted the court to review Oklahoma's lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act, arguing it was important to consider state sovereignty implications.

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Oklahoma News
12:18 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Blackwell Gas Leak Sends 38 Students And Faculty To Hospital

Blackwell Public Schools
Credit http://www.blackwell.k12.ok.us/

Authorities in Blackwell say a gas leak in a school gymnasium has sent 35 students and three faculty members to the hospital.

Officials say the leak occurred in the high school practice gymnasium in the Kay County community about 9 a.m. as the middle school boys basketball team and varsity cheer squad were practicing. Some students began to feel sick and a couple of students passed out in the shower area.

The students and faculty members were taken to Blackwell Regional Hospital and administered oxygen. All are expected to recover.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:26 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Stateline: Cowboys Of Color

The cowboy is an American icon. The Hollywood image of the cowboys is lone, rugged and white, but in reality the old west was very diverse, and many of the cowboys were African-American or Hispanic.

Every year, culturally diverse cowboys from all over the country come to the Cowboys of Color Rodeo in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
10:55 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Pending Supreme Court Review, Attorney General Requests Stays Of Oklahoma Executions

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state Capitol.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Monday morning Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked for stays of execution for three Oklahoma death row inmates until either the U.S. Supreme Court reaches a decision in the state’s use of the controversial drug midazolam, or the Oklahoma Department of Corrections finds another drug to use in the lethal injection procedures.

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8:42 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Deeply Conservative Oklahoma Adjusts To Sudden Arrival Of Same-Sex Marriage

In this profile from Saturday's edition of The Washington Post, the range of reactions to one Norman couple's plans to wed after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld lower court rulings overturning Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage.
The "polite gays," was how Tracy and Kathryn described themselves. Not political or loud, not obvious or overt, but understated, in keeping with their Oklahoma surroundings. Never asking anyone to think too hard or talk too much about the fact that they were gay at all.

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