Moore Tornado
9:34 am
Tue October 29, 2013

New Plans Approved For Moore Medical Center

The Moore Medical Center was destroyed in the May 20 tornado. The new facility is set to open in 2016.
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The Norman Regional Hospital Authority has approved plans for a new, 100,000-square-foot, $28.8 million facility for the town of Moore, which was hit by a devastating tornado in May.

The five-story medical center will offer emergency and outpatient services, as well as lab, imaging, ultrasound and X-rays.

The Norman Transcript reports the new facility is slated to open in 2016.

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State Capitol
8:40 am
Tue October 29, 2013

State Capitol Hearing Again Considering Oklahoma Public Pension Overhaul

State Rep. Randy McDaniel (R-Oklahoma City)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A House member who is working to overhaul the state's pension systems is holding another legislative hearing this week to further discuss proposed changes to the retirement plans for various public workers.

Oklahoma City Republican state Rep. Randy McDaniel will convene a meeting Tuesday of the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee to review an analysis of the state's retirement systems.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Report: Obama White House OK'd Spying On Other Leaders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama in September at the G20 summit in Russia. She and other leaders have objected after hearing that the NSA was listening to their phone calls.
Anton Denisov Host photo agency/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 11:59 am

This morning's provocative stories about the spying that the National Security Agency has been doing in recent years include this attention-grabber from the Los Angeles Times:

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All Tech Considered
8:21 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been?

Cell towers are constantly tracking the location of mobile phones. And that data, federal courts have ruled, is not constitutionally protected.
Steve Greer iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:49 am

You probably know, or should know, that your cellphone is tracking your location everywhere you go. But whether law enforcement officials should have access to that data is at the center of a constitutional debate.

Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, says location tracking is key to how the cell system operates.

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Prosecuters Will Cross-Examine
6:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Terrill Tells Truong He Will Testify

Judge Cindy Truong
Credit OKlahoma Court Judges

A former state lawmaker accused of bribing a Senate colleague says he will testify during his trial.

Former Rep. Randy Terrill told Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong Monday that he plans to testify in his own defense. Terrill is expected to testify on Tuesday.

Truong also told Terrill that prosecutors will have a right to cross-examine Terrill is he testifies. Terrill says he welcomes their questions.

Truong told Terrill's 12-member jury that they will be asked to deliberate a verdict on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court
4:12 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Challenge To Master Lease Program Denied By Court

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied a request for a new hearing in a legal challenge of a bond program used by Oklahoma colleges and universities.

Last month, the state's highest court rejected legal challenges brought by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent and others and ruled the program was constitutional. The court also authorized an application to issue the bonds.

The Supreme Court rejected Fent's request for a rehearing on Monday.

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World
3:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Slow Improvements In The Garment Industry In Bangladesh

Credit Tareq Salahuddin / Flickr Creative Commons

The economy in Bangladesh is connected to the clothes Americans buy in many stores, including national retailers. The readymade garment industry in Bangladesh has been rocked by several major industrial accidents, leading to large scale worker protests calling for improved building and fire safety. The garment workers are also demanding better working conditions and higher minimum wages.

After several industrial accidents, where hundreds of people have died, attention turned to the stores selling the clothes. This put pressure on the industry and government in Bangladesh to take steps to improve the safety of garment factories.

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Oklahoma Watch
8:55 am
Mon October 28, 2013

New Data Reveals Widespread Financial Losses Among Small Oklahoma Hospitals

Bruce Mayhan, lab manager at Pauls Valley General Hospital, looks at a blood sample through a microscope in the hospital’s lab.
Credit Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

A majority of small general hospitals in Oklahoma are losing money, and health care officials warn that some hospitals could close, be sold or cut services.

Federal financial reports for nearly every hospital in the state, obtained by Oklahoma Watch and analyzed and reported with the Tulsa World, show that in each year from 2009 to 2012, between half and three-fourths of general hospitals with fewer than 100 beds lost money. Most are in small cities or rural areas. More than half posted losses in multiple years.

Larger hospitals fared better. In each year during the four-year period, between 7 percent and 19 percent of general hospitals with 100 beds or more lost money.

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It's All Politics
8:02 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Monday Morning Political Mix: Obamacare Site Hits Another Snag

President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in Russia in September in happier times before revelations that the NSA electronically eavesdropped on U.S. allies.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 9:54 am

Good morning, fellow political junkies.

It's the last week of October. That means the administration has just a month to meet its self-imposed deadline to have the Affordable Care Act website running as efficiently as it and millions of Americans had originally envisioned.

But the first item in our Monday political mix of some of the more interesting tidbits that caught my eye this morning indicates why setting such a deadline might be easier than meeting it.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon October 28, 2013

National Weather Center Aims To "Prepare, Respond, Restore" At This Year's Festival

Katie Western as Swirl Girl and Rick Smith at the 2012 National Weather Festival.
Credit Kate-Lynn Walsh

Katie Western practices her lines for the upcoming National Weather Festival. She’s majoring in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and is one of the festival’s Weather Friends, a group of superheroes representing each kind of severe weather. Katie’s character goes by the name “Swirl Girl.” She’ll run around in a costume and answer questions about tornado preparedness. And even though it’s fun, Katie realizes her role may be more important this year than it has been in years past. 

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