The Two-Way
9:12 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

The jet stream that circles Earth's north pole travels west to east. But when the jet stream interacts with a Rossby wave, as shown here, the winds can wander far north and south, bringing frigid air to normally mild southern states.
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Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 11:17 am

Mark Twain once said: "If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes."

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The New And The Next
5:26 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Super-Secure, Temporary Texts Draw Interest Of Business Crowd

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Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 12:00 pm

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about a new texting service that promises tight security. While Snapchat has become a popular way to text photos that disappear after a number of seconds, recent hacks have raised questions about its security. A service called Privatext provides an alternative that has gained interest among some professionals.

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Law
12:39 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings

Virginians demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 4. The judge ruled this week that Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 9:48 pm

A federal judge in Virginia struck down that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's just the latest in a string of similar rulings in conservative states, and it indicates that the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many had expected.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen said Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because "core civil rights are at stake." She compared the case to the landmark 1967 Supreme Court ruling recognizing interracial marriage.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Sat February 15, 2014

For The South, Add Earthquake To Snow, Ice And Power Outages

Multiple crews work to restore power after a winter storm on Thursday that brought down lines in Fairburn, Ga. Friday night's small quake was the latest event to rattle nerves in the region.
John Amis AP

The Deep South has been shaken up this winter in more ways than one: First, there was the unusual ice and snow and the ensuing power outages. And now, an earthquake.

The late-night 4.1 temblor, with an epicenter about 150 miles northwest of Charleston, was not strong enough to do any damage, but it did rattle folks in both South Carolina and Georgia.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at 10:23 p.m. ET Friday night.

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Indian Times
9:53 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Newsmakers In Indian Country

Credit Congressman Markwayne Mullin

House Ethics Committee Consider Investigation Of Markwayne Mullin

The House Ethics Committee will consider an investigation of Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma.

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Meth Supply Came From Mexico
6:27 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Three Year Investigation Breaks Meth Ring

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Authorities in Seminole County broke up an alleged methamphetamine ring and closed out a three-year investigation.

Agents arrested 26 people Friday morning and officials say they broke up a drug ring that was being supplied from Mexico.

Oklahoma City television station KWTV reports the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, District 22 Drug Task Force, U.S. Marshals, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and Seminole police took part in the operation.

They arrested 21 people on warrants and arrested five more people for drug violations.

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World Views
3:57 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

SLIDESHOW: On The Road - Investment In Economy And Education Provides Positive Outlook For Mexico

The 17th Century Church of San Cristobal in Puebla, Mexico
Suzette Grillot KGOU

Mexican authorities’ ongoing struggle with drug cartels continues. University of Oklahoma Spanish literature historian Luis Cortest says ongoing drug traffic-related violence would continue to be a problem until government policy changes.

“It is possible for places to change, for countries to change, for cities to change,” Cortest says. “The best example in Latin America is Colombia.” 

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Education
3:22 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Student Numbers Increase In Oklahoma Schools

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The number of students enrolling in public schools in Oklahoma has increased by more than 8,000 students this year.

The Oklahoma Department of Education reported Friday the number of students in kindergarten through grade 12 increased by 8,388 students from last year.

The department reports the total number of students has increased by more than 27,000 since 2009.

The agency reports the three largest school districts in the state are Oklahoma City Public Schools with 45,717 students, Tulsa with 41,115, and Edmond with 23,020.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:31 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Giving State More Authority To Regulate Wind Farms

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is a major wind-energy state, but some landowners and communities have turned their backs on turbines.

Some oppose wind farms for purely aesthetic reasons, or because they feel fields of turbines will hurt their property value. Turbine noise and “shadow flicker” are big complaints, too, and some people have raised safety questions about ice being thrown from turbine blades, and how the turbines would fare in severe weather.

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StateImpact Pennsylvania
1:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Penn. State Senator Asks For Investigation Into Chesapeake Energy Royalty Payments

Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is asking for an investigation into Chesapeake Energy.
Credit Provided / Senator Gene Yaw

The chairman of the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is asking state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate allegations of fraud against Pennsylvania’s biggest natural gas driller, Chesapeake Energy.

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