State Capitol
11:33 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Shoots Down Income Tax Cut

Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa), and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) announce their tax cut proposal in the Blue Room of the State Capitol - April 23, 2013.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a bill passed last session to cut the state's personal income tax and provide $120 million for repairs to the Capitol is unconstitutional.

In a unanimous decision released Tuesday, the court ruled the bill violated the state constitution's ban on logrolling, or including multiple subjects in a single bill.

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School Shelters
9:10 am
Tue December 17, 2013

School Shelter Supporters Short On Signatures

Petitions are completed Monday evening for the Take Shelter Oklahoma organization. The group says it does not have enough signatures to put its petition on the ballot.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Listen to KGOU's in-depth report on the petition drive for Take Shelter Oklahoma.

Supporters of a planned state question for a $500 million state bond issue to help pay for school storm shelters say they are about 40,000 signatures short of what they need to place the question on the ballot.

Take Shelter Oklahoma steering committee member Mark Nestlen said Monday the group has collected about 120,000 signatures. To place the question on the ballot, the group needs signatures from more than 155,000 registered voters.

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Travel
9:06 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Holiday Driving Numbers Up In Oklahoma

More Oklahomans are expected to drive to their year-end holiday destinations in 2013.
Credit timo_w2s / Flickr Creative Commons

A record number of Oklahomans are expected to hit the roads and the skies during the end-of-the-year holiday season.

AAA Oklahoma says 862,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the last two weeks of December.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai says the number of Oklahoma travelers marks a 1 percent increase over last year's numbers.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:17 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Why We Need Grandpas And Grandmas (Part 1)

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 4:55 pm

Oldsters, it turns out, matter. They matter a lot. And not just in human families. I've been reading a new book called The Once and Future World, by J. B. MacKinnon, which points out that when we humans hunt game, when we fish the sea, we often prize the biggest animals because they have the biggest tusks, or the most protein, so they're the ones we kill first.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes Key Test In Senate

It may seem to some like a holiday miracle, but the Senate moved ahead on a bipartisan budget plan Tuesday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:09 pm

Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET: Moving Ahead:

The Senate voted 67 to 33 on Tuesday to move forward on the two-year, bipartisan budget plan that restores some of the automatic spending cuts of recent years, trims spending in other areas and appears to have put on hold until 2015 the bitter battles that led to this year's partial government shutdown.

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The Two-Way
6:01 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Are In The Rock Hall

Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain in 1993. He took his own life in 1994.
Frank Micelotta Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 7:23 am

We can stop wagging our tongues about KISS not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The hall says its 2014 inductees are:

-- Cat Stevens

-- Peter Gabriel

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Workers' Compensation
5:59 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Workers' Comp. Law

Credit Ronny Richert / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to the state's new workers' compensation law.

The court handed down the ruling Monday, just one week after justices heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the law.

House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) authored the measure that changes the state's workers' compensation system to an administrative one.

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Europe
5:23 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Shipping Forecast: From Britain's Seas Into Its Soul

Fisherman Teddy Head tells a story to a group of children while mending his nets in Hastings in 1952. The fishermen of Hastings are tightknit; fathers, brothers and sons work together in rugged boats no more than about 30 feet long. Some families in Hastings have worked this way for centuries.
Fred Morley Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 1:29 pm

It is a bizarre nightly ritual that is deeply embedded in the British way of life.

You switch off the TV, lock up the house, slip into bed, turn on your radio, and begin to listen to a mantra, delivered by a soothing, soporific voice.

"Viking, North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger ...." says the voice.

You are aware — vaguely — that these delicious words are names, and that those names refer to big blocks of sea around your island nation, stretching all the way up to Iceland and down to North Africa.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:08 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Teague To OK Oil Industry: Merging Energy And Environment Offices A ‘Huge Advantage’

Col. Michael Teague, Secretary of Energy and the Environment
Credit Oklahoma Governor's Office

When Gov. Mary Fallin appointed former Corps of Engineers Tulsa District Commander Michael Teague as the first secretary of the combined departments of energy and environment in August, some environmentalists scoffed.

The Sierra Club said combining the offices was a “disservice” to the state.

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All Tech Considered
2:58 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Exploring Economic Inequality From The Heart Of The Tech Boom

Last Monday, protesters blocked a bus that transports San Francisco Google employees to Silicon Valley.
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Guardian

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 8:19 am

This week, we're exploring the San Francisco Bay Area and the way income inequality is affecting the region. Check out the other pieces of the week, aggregated on this page.

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