The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Obama: 'Stop The Excuses. Let's Take A Vote'

President Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt limit on Tuesday at the White House in Washington.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 5:45 pm

In a press conference that lasted more than an hour, President Obama said he was willing to talk about anything, as long as Republicans reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, even if its for a short period of time.

"Let's stop the excuses. Let's take a vote in the House. Let's end this shutdown, right now; let's put people back to work" Obama said.

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U.S. Senate
10:34 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Inhofe Recovering From Heart Surgery

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is recovering in a Tulsa hospital after undergoing an emergency quadruple bypass last week.

The Republican senator, who turns 79 next month, says doctors discovered the massive blockage in his arteries during a routine medical screening. He flew home to Tulsa and underwent the emergency heart surgery Friday at St. John Medical Center.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks at a news conference last week on the government shutdown.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 10:14 am

Senate Democrats might introduce a measure to raise the debt ceiling, even as the debate over a spending bill to restart the federal government drags on.

The Associated Press reports:

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Zoo
10:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

OKC Zoo Elephant Expecting

Asha and her sister Chandra at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Credit Oklahoma City Zoo

Another baby elephant is expected at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Officials say Asha, an 18-year-old Asian elephant, is expecting her second baby calf. The zoo used ultrasound images and blood hormone analysis to confirm the happy news, and the zoo estimates that Asha is about 7 months pregnant.

But the baby isn't coming anytime soon. The average gestation for elephants is 22 months, so the big bundle of joy is due sometime around December 2014.

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5th Highest Mortality Rate In Country
6:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Oklahomans Dying By Prescription Drug Overdose

Credit bradleypjohnson / Flickr.com

A new report says Oklahoma has one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the country, but that the state is doing more than most to help curb prescription drug abuse.

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Animal Rights
4:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Animal Rights Group Protests Dogs' Pain At OU Lab

Credit Noel Zia Lee / Flickr.com

An animal rights group is calling for a federal investigation into the electrocution of dogs at a University of Oklahoma laboratory.

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2:54 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Hunger Games: Feeding A Family With Foodstamps

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Learn the choices facing one family taking part in the SNAP program from the Oklahoma Policy Institute.
Camille Landry is a writer, activist, and social justice advocate who lives in Oklahoma City. This post is part of our "Neglected Oklahoma " series, which tells the stories of Oklahomans in situations where the basic necessities of life are hard to come by.
Oklahoma Voices
11:24 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Even After Implementation Talk Continues In Oklahoma Over Affordable Care Act

Even though key features of the federal Affordable Care Act are now in place, the conversations continue over the law's implementation in Oklahoma.

The Republican-controlled state government continues to object to the federal mandates that are part of the new law.

Oklahoma state government, led by Gov. Mary Fallin, declined to set up a state-run exchange or accept additional Medicaid funding from the federal government.

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Smoking
10:13 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Fallin Puts Off Oklahoma Smoking Ban Petition Drive

Credit AMagill / Flickr Creative Commons

Gov. Mary Fallin will wait until after the 2014 election to lead a petition drive to let voters decide whether to enact stricter smoking bans in their cities.

The Tulsa World reports Fallin, who is up for re-election, will wait until after next year's elections to lead the effort. A spokesman for Fallin says waiting gives the measure a better chance for success.

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The Two-Way
10:07 am
Mon October 7, 2013

MIT Scientists Develop New Breed Of Self-Assembling Robots

M-Block cube robots rest on a work table in the Distributed Robotics Lab in CSAIL at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. The robots are 50mm cubes that can reconfigure themselves into various arrangements using self-propulsion and magnets.
M. Scott Brauer MIT

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 8:49 am

They're called M-Blocks and the tiny, cubical robots that can spin, flip and jump their way into new configurations are the brainchild of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

According to MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), M-Blocks:

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