The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former House Speaker Tom Foley Dies At 84

House Speaker Tom Foley (back, right) and Vice President Al Gore applaud during President Bill Clinton's State of the Union address on Jan. 24, 1994.
Ron Edmonds AP

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:20 pm

Former House Speaker Tom Foley, who led the chamber from 1989 to 1995, has died, according to his family. He was 84.

The Associated Press says Foley's wife, Heather, confirmed that the Washington state Democrat died at his Washington, D.C., home.

He had reportedly been in ill health in recent months.

The AP says:

"Foley became the first speaker since the Civil War to fail to win re-election in his home district.

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World Views
10:48 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NPR’s Kelly McEvers Drafts History, Documents Her Own Story In Syria

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews a U.S. soldier in the Middle East.
Glen Carey

Listen to the October 18, 2013 episode, with Suzette Grillot's conversation with NPR correspondent Kelly McEvers.

Kelly McEvers spent three years based in Baghdad and Beirut covering the Middle East for NPR. She started her assignment with instructions not to miss a day in Iraq as the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal deadline approached.

“Then in late 2010, a guy set himself on fire in Tunisia, and everything changed,” McEvers told KGOU’s World Views host Suzette Grillot. “I was swept up with millions of other people in this thing called the Arab Spring.”

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This is KGOU
8:34 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Life-Long Learning – At Home And Around The World

Credit Jeffrey Beall / Flickr Creative Commons

At 27, I’m one of the younger members of the KGOU staff. I started my career in public radio at KGOU at 19, while still very much a naïve college student. Working on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, sometimes it feels like I never left college.

Fortunately, if you never leave higher education, you never stop learning. Public radio stimulates my curiosity, and teaches me something new every single day. In this 21st Century fast-paced digital landscape, a conversation that once opened with “I heard it on KGOU…” has been replaced with a text message that usually starts with “TIL” (for “Today I Learned…”).

That thirst for knowledge is quenched every day by what I hear on KGOU. 

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Chesapeake
8:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Fort Worth Joins Lawsuit Against OKC's Chesapeake Energy

The corporate campus of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Fort Worth and several other individuals and cities have sued Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy claiming the company underpaid natural gas royalties.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Friday the lawsuit was filed in a Tarrant County district court.

The newspaper says the lawsuit filed Thursday claims Chesapeake improperly deducted production services and sold natural gas to its affiliates under market price. The lawsuit says that as a result Fort Worth, Arlington and others were underpaid royalties.

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Can GOP, Democrats Come Together On A Budget By Dec. 13?

Members of the bipartisan budget conference (from left): Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Chris Van Hollen. Can they reach a deal by Dec. 13?
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 10:46 am

Now that the government has reopened, attention turns to the next phase of the spending fight, a battle that is far from over.

The bill that President Obama signed early Thursday provides only a temporary respite to the partisan tussles that have perennially plagued the budget process. The government stays open through Jan. 15 and the federal borrowing authority is safe until Feb. 7. After that, all bets are off.

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7:26 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Study: As Few As Three Test Responses Separate A From F Schools In Oklahoma

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Oklahoma's transition to an A-to-F grading system for its public schools continues to receive criticism. A study from researchers at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma indicates the new school accountability program also hides poor academic performance by low-income and minority students.
As few as three correct responses on Oklahoma state tests can separate those schools receiving an A grade from those receiving an F under the state's accountability system, according to a paper released by the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University this month that says the system has many flaws, among them that it hides the poor performance of racial minorities and low-income students.
Economy
6:49 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Declining Gas Prices Pump Up A Shaky Economy

A motorist fuels up at a service station in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:34 am

In recent weeks, economists have been worrying about the negative impact of the now-ended government shutdown and potential debt crisis.

But away from Capitol Hill, the economy has been getting a big boost: Gasoline prices have been declining, week after week. In some parts of the country, a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline is now down to less than $3 a gallon — a price most Americans haven't seen in three years.

And any time the pump price starts dropping, consumer spirits start rising.

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It's All Politics
7:23 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

How We Got Here: A Shutdown Timeline

Reporters surround Sen. Ted Cruz after he finished his marathon speech.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:40 pm

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Washington
6:16 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Cole Casts Lone Oklahoma Vote In Favor Of Reopening Government

Credit U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is the only member of Oklahoma's delegation to vote in favor of a plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

The House voted 285-144 Wednesday night in favor of the plan, following the Senate's 81-18 vote.

Cole was among 87 Republicans in the House voting in support of the bill that restores funding for the government through Jan. 15 and extends the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn voted no, and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe didn't vote because he's recovering from emergency heart surgery.

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State Capitol
4:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Domestic Violence Big Factor In Homelessness Of Women And Children

Credit Stefan Neubig / Flickr.com

An advocate for domestic violence victims says violence against women is a principal cause of homelessness among women and children.

Jackie Steyn of the YWCA of Oklahoma City told an Oklahoma House committee Thursday that 70 percent of those who seek services from the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City report a history of domestic violence.

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