Shots - Health News
12:37 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Health Exchange Enrollment By State, In 2 Charts

HHS

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 2:48 pm

Numbers released by the Obama administration show enrollment in health exchanges edged up in November, but the uptake remains far short of the administration's initial targets.

Roughly 264,000 people signed up for private insurance coverage last month through the federal and state exchanges, according to data from the Health and Human Services Department. That brings the total to about 364,000 for October and November.

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The Salt
9:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Robots Could Help Farmers Rein In Fertilizer Pollution

Rowbot is designed to fit in between the rows of crops. Moving up and down each row, a fleet of 20 bots could fertilize and monitor the corn crops during the growing season.
Courtesy of Kent Cavender-Bares

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 11:00 am

Lately, robots have been taking over all kinds of jobs that humans used to do on the farm — from thinning lettuce to harvesting spinach.

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Federal Budget
8:44 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Sen. Coburn Calls Budget Deal "Patch Work"

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) greeting President Barack Obama.
Credit Tom Coburn / Facebook

A leading congressional deficit hawk says a bipartisan budget agreement hammered out on Capitol Hill is mostly a patch-work approach that fails to address wasteful spending that is contributing to a ballooning federal debt.

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the accord announced by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state likely was the best that could be achieved, but says he can't support it.

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Wind Energy
8:28 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Osage Nation Critical Of Federal Rule Allowing Eagle Kills

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Leaders in the Osage Nation are criticizing an Obama administration decision to allow companies to seek the authorization to kill and harm golden and bald eagles without penalty.

The wind energy industry requested the change, and the federal government announced its decision last week. The announcement drew sharp criticism from the Osage Nation, which says eagles should be protected because of their religious and ceremonial significance to Native Americans.

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Pope Francis Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says

Time.com

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 12:02 pm

"For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world's largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time's 2013 Person of the Year."

The magazine adds that:

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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Wed December 11, 2013

'Something For Everyone To Dislike' In Budget Deal

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., crafted the budget deal.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:37 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tamara Keith reports on the budget deal
  • On 'Morning Edition': Sen. Patty Murray speaks with Steve Inskeep

The reviews are coming in for the bipartisan budget deal crafted by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and as the Los Angeles Times says, the package seems to have "something for everyone to dislike."

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Hit A Half-Court Shot At Thunder Game
6:15 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

College Basketball Player Can Keep The $20,000

Cameron Rodriguez
Credit Southwestern College, KS Athletics

A college basketball player who won $20,000 by hitting a half-court shot during an Oklahoma City Thunder game can keep the money.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday that Cameron Rodriguez could keep his winnings for use as a scholarship. Rodriguez is a sophomore forward for the Southwestern College basketball team in Winfield, Kan.

He nailed the half-court shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder's home game against the Denver Nuggets.

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TransCanada Received Clearance
4:28 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Crude Oil Being Pumped Into Southern Leg of Keystone XL Pipeline

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TransCanada has begun injecting crude oil into its $2.3 billion pipeline between Cushing and the Gulf Coast.

The company says that Saturday's development means the 485-mile pipeline is another step closer to commercial operation.

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Workers' Compensation
1:24 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Hears Workers' Comp. Challenge

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Opponents of Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law are asking the state Supreme Court to find it unconstitutional.

Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit that alleges the law violates the state Constitution and should be struck down.

Two state lawmakers and a firefighter's organization filed the lawsuit in September. The lawsuit says provisions of the new law would deny treatment and compensation to injured workers under certain circumstances.

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Fresh Air with Terry Gross
1:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

How ALEC Serves As A 'Dating Service' For Politicians And Corporations

President Bush speaks to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Philadelphia, on July 26, 2007.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 11:07 am

A batch of internal documents recently leaked to The Guardian has revealed new insights into the goals and finances of the secretive group called ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is a group that brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations. Together, they develop model bills that lawmakers introduce and try to pass in their state legislatures.

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