The Two-Way
8:13 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Nation Remembers 9/11 On 13th Anniversary Of Attacks

President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and others observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:41 am

Update at 10:40 a.m. ET

On the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gathered on the White House lawn to observe a moment of silence.

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Live Music
7:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Darker Side Of (Matt Stansberry & The) Romance

Crash Landing LP
Credit www.mattstansberry.com

Matt Stansberry’s latest project offers a sound that is both familiar and fresh - which is no small feat.

The ten-plus member band delivers this exoteric rhythm and blues-meets-modern pop vibe by way of layered horns, dual guitars, keys/organ, a ‘pocket’ rhythm section and sassy, backing vocals. 

It's a potent mixture. And the group’s sophomore release, Crash Landing, offers a little extra appeal for star-crossed lovers and all who’ve felt a touch of life’s blues.

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The Two-Way
7:39 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Obama Says U.S. Will 'Take Out' Islamic State 'Wherever They Exist'

In this image made through a window of the Oval Office, President Obama speaks on the phone to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Wednesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed September 10, 2014 9:51 pm

In a prime-time speech on Wednesday, President Obama said the United States plans to "take out" the Islamic State "wherever they exist."

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Oklahoma News
7:16 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Maine Sending Elephants Back To Oklahoma

Two elephants living at an elephant rehabilitation center in Maine are being sent back to an Oklahoma sanctuary following the death of a caretaker.
Credit Oklahoma City Zoo

Two elephants living at Hope Elephants rehabilitation center in Maine will be sent back to a sanctuary in Oklahoma in the wake of the crushing death of their caretaker.

Police say veterinarian James Laurita died Tuesday in the animals' barn in Hope when one of the elephants apparently stepped on him.

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Speaking At OU Law School
6:10 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor In Oklahoma This Week

Credit The Supreme Court Historical Society

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke on a wide range of topics during a fireside chat with University of Tulsa students and faculty during an appearance on the TU campus.

Sotomayor discussed judicial ethics, her upbringing and affirmative action during her appearance on Wednesday.

Sotomayor said she would not be where she is today without affirmative action and would like a world that is colorblind to race — but said that to try to just wish it to happen is to be blind to reality.

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Oklahoma News
4:33 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

High Court Adds Gay Marriage To Sept. 29 Agenda

The U.S. Supreme Court will at the issue of same-sex marriage to its schedule for in-chamber discussions in the coming year.
Credit David / Flickr.com

The U.S. Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.

The action Wednesday does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. But the late September conference will be the first time the justices have the issue before them. The meeting will be the justices' first since late June.

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Death Penalty
12:57 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

U.S. Judge Wants Oklahoma Execution Report In Case

Clayton Lockett
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A federal judge says a recently released report into the execution of Clayton Lockett should be included in the record of a lawsuit filed by 21 Oklahoma death row inmates seeking to stop their own executions.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot filed the order on Tuesday. It directs prison officials to file the state Department of Public Safety investigation in the record of the inmates' lawsuit.

A hearing in the case is set for Sept. 18. Friot says the report will help him decide motions in the lawsuit.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:34 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Regulator Stepping Up Monitoring And Inspections Of Disposal Wells In Quake Country

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey briefs Corporation Commissioners on new earthquake research.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has stepped up monitoring and inspections of disposal wells in earthquake-prone regions of the state as regulators, scientists and energy companies gather new information on the links between earthquakes and oil and gas production.

Officials with the Corporation Commission — the state’s oil and gas regulator — are focusing on a small fraction of the roughly 12,000 injection wells where oil and gas waste is pumped deep underground, said the agency’s Tim Baker.

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Politics and Government
9:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Coburn: Feds Have No Place In State And Local Law Enforcement

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talks with Chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Facebook

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says the federal government should have no role in the country's local and state police forces.

Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense department senior officials testified Tuesday before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee oversight hearing.

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Energy
7:45 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Vaughan: Lawmakers Should Reexamine Disposal Well Regulations

State Rep. Steve Vaughan (R-Ponca City) speaking during Tuesday's interim study on oil and gas regulation.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

At an interim hearing at the state Capitol Tuesday, a state representative from north-central Oklahoma questioned whether the state was properly inspecting oil and gas wells and had the rules necessary to prevent contamination of water supplies.

State Rep. Steve Vaughan (R-Ponca City) conducted the interim study and held the hearing. He’s concerned about saltwater pollution in Kay and Noble Counties, which has had large-scale fish-kills for three years in a row.

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