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

Oklahomans Dying By Prescription Drug Overdose

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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

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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

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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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Ahead of the Storm
8:44 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Parents, Officials Search For Solution To Oklahoma School Shelter Scarcity

Danni Legg transferred her children to Kelley Elementary in Moore, the only elementary school in the district with a safe area for tornadoes.
Credit Kate Carlton

Danni Legg transferred her two kids to Kelley Elementary this past August. She moved them from Plaza Towers Elementary, after the tornado in May destroyed the school, causing the death of her middle child, Christopher, along with six other students.  Legg says returning to Moore after the tragedy was something she did for her children. 

"I wanted my children to understand the town didn't kill their brother," Legg said. "A tornado and the lack of good construction in the building is what killed their brother."

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Law
8:23 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Despite Shutdown, Supreme Court Opens Its Doors For New Term

The Supreme Court opens its new term this week.
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Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 10:09 am

When the rest of the government shuts down for a blizzard, the U.S. Supreme Court soldiers on. And so it is that this week, with the rest of the government shut down in a political deep freeze, the high court, being deemed essential, is open for business.

It is, after all, not just any week for the justices. It is the opening of a new term.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Mon October 7, 2013

No End In Sight: Shutdown Showdown Enters Week 2

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn speaks on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday. Cornyn said the partial federal government shutdown cannot end unless President Obama sits down with congressional Republicans.
Chris Usher AP

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 11:26 am

The second week of the shutdown is, so far, looking a lot like Week 1. Even so, here are a few data points that might be worth your attention:

U.S. civilian defense workers heading back to work on Monday

As The Two-Way's Bill Chappell reported earlier, the Department of Defense is ordering most of its furloughed civilian employees — amounting to about 400,000 workers — back to work.

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It's All Politics
7:04 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Monday Morning Political Mix

People who for years had planned to be boating down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon right about now instead found themselves on Saturday camping in a parking lot because of the government shutdown.
Julie Jacobson AP

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 8:12 am

Good Monday morning, fellow political junkies. The partial shutdown of the government enters its second week and on Day 7 of the crisis neither side appears to have softened its position.

At least furloughed federal workers got the good news over the weekend that Congress had approved giving them backpay for the time they are locked out of their jobs.

Here are some of the more interesting news items with greater or lesser political import that caught my eye this morning.

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