The Two-Way
6:40 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Dutch Investigators: MH17 Brought Down By 'High-Energy Objects'

A pro-Russian rebel touches MH17 wreckage at the crash site of the Malaysian airliner near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, in July.
Vadim Ghirda AP

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 2:29 pm

An initial investigation by Dutch experts appears to support the long-held theory of what happened to MH17 over eastern Ukraine: The Malaysian airliner was brought down by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft."

Although the preliminary technical report by the Dutch Safety Board did not directly say the objects were surface-to-air missiles, it left little room to conclude otherwise.

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Oklahoma News
5:31 am
Tue September 9, 2014

State Lawmaker Proposes To Raise Subminimum Wage

Subminimum wage is payment below normal minimum wage, usually associated with restaurant service employment.
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An Oklahoma City lawmaker plans to file legislation next year to raise the subminimum wage for some service-sector employees.

Democratic Rep. Mike Shelton says that under current law workers younger than 20, workers who earn tips and some other categories of employees can legally be paid below-minimum hourly wages.

An employer whose workers receive tips is required to pay a minimum wage of $2.13 per hour, provided that amount plus the tips equals at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. That equates to $290 per week for a full-time, 40-hour employee.

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Death Penalty
6:18 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Renovation For Death Chamber?

Robert Patton
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections

The director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says the agency will renovate the state's death chamber and get new equipment for executions, including a tool that will allow staff to more easily find suitable veins for lethal injections.

Prisons director Robert Patton discussed the troubled April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett on Monday. Lockett writhed and moaned before he was declared dead 43 minutes after his execution began.

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Urban Institute Report
4:29 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Oklahoma Hospitals Projected To Lose Billions In Reimbursements

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Some hospital officials say they're frustrated over losing out on reimbursements because Medicaid wasn't expanded in Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports a report by the Urban Institute finds Oklahoma hospitals are projected to lose more than $4 billion in reimbursements between 2013 and 2022. Some Tulsa hospitals say they've let go of workers to offset the lost revenue.

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Shots - Health News
3:08 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

CDC Warns Of Fast-Spreading Enterovirus Afflicting Children

13-year-old Will Cornejo of Lone Tree, Colo., recovers at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver from what doctors suspect is enterovirus 68. His parents found him unconscious on the couch and called 911. He was flown to Denver for treatment.
Cyrus McCrimmon Denver Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 12:46 pm

A rarely seen virus is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory infections, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors and parents to be on the alert.

"Hospitalizations are higher than would be expected at this time of year," Dr. Anne Schuchat, head of infectious diseases for the CDC, said Monday at a press briefing on enterovirus 68. "The situation is evolving quickly."

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All Tech Considered
12:09 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Try This On For Size: Personal Styling That Comes In The Mail

A standard "trunk" from men's online styling service Trunk Club.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:43 am

These days, you don't have to be a model — or a real housewife of reality TV — to have a personal stylist. You can get one online, for a reasonable monthly fee. The services, in which clothes are picked out for you and sent in the mail, are catching on among the time-starved and the fashion-challenged. Like my editor, Uri Berliner.

"Most days I couldn't even tell you what clothes I have on, what color they are," he says.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:12 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Tax Revenue Jump Is Largest In Over A Year

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s August tax collections increased by 7.5 percent, the largest percentage increase in monthly receipts since July 2013, State Treasurer Ken Miller said in a media statement. Miller said August receipts “were just less than $900 million.”

“Oklahoma’s economy continues to climb up the expansion side of the business cycle,” Miller said. “Our people are earning and spending more, as reflected by steady growth in income tax and sales tax receipts.”

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Business and Economy
7:46 am
Mon September 8, 2014

VIDEO: Mick Cornett Describes Oklahoma City's Vibrancy On 'Meet The Press'

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett participated in a discussion Sunday about how mayors in several major American cities are changing the way government works. Cornett appeared alongside Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Tacoma, Washington Mayor Marilyn Strickland on Sunday's episode of Meet The Press.

Oklahoma City's Republican chief executive has advocated for tax increases in the past, and he told the show's moderator Chuck Todd residents differentiate between the type of government they don't mind paying for and the type they don't like to pay for.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:42 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Insurance Increase: Homeowners' Premiums Skyrocket After Oklahoma's 2013 Tornadoes

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After a series of severe storms swept through the state in May of last year, insurance carriers paid out over $1 billion in claims, making it the nation’s most costly disaster of 2013.

Most insurance issues have now been settled, but many homeowners are looking at higher rates than they were paying before the storm.

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Oklahoma News
6:06 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

More Than 100 Tulsa Police Cars Have No Cameras

Not all Tulsa Police cars are equipped with dashboard cameras.
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More than 100 Tulsa police vehicles have yet to be outfitted with dashboard cameras four years after the process of installing them began.

The project began in 2010 after officials agreed to pay more than $4 million to purchase and install cameras in all police vehicles as part of the settlement of a long-running racial discrimination lawsuit against the city.

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