The Two-Way
8:09 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Private Meetings With Iranians Give Veteran Diplomat Hope

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the U.N. on Tuesday.
Ray Stubblebine Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 11:03 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': Diplomat Ryan Crocker on his meetings with Iranian officials

One of the United States' most experienced diplomats says he's come away from behind-the-scenes conversations with Iranian officials this week thinking "it is possible to come to accommodations" with new President Hassan Rouhani and his aides on key issues such as Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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Parallels
7:42 am
Thu September 26, 2013

New Chinese Law Cracks Down On 'Rumor Mongers'

Chinese authorities go to great lengths to censor the Internet and control social media. A 16-year-old was recently arrested under a new law that bars "rumormongering" online. Here, customers use computers at an Internet cafe in Hefei, China, in 2012.
Jianan Yu Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 8:57 am

Authorities in western China apparently wanted to make an example of 16-year-old Yang Hui.

He was the first person in China to be arrested under a new rule against "rumor mongers," defined as people who intentionally post a rumor that is reposted 500 times or more, or viewed 5,000 times or more.

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Affordable Care Act
3:34 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Oklahoma Panelists Field Questions On Affordable Care Act

Andrew Rice, executive director of Variety Care Foundation, and Terry Cline, Oklahoma commissioner of health, discuss the Affordable Care Act at Oklahoma Watch-Out.
Credit Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

Apprehension and optimism abound in Oklahoma as the Affordable Care Act shifts into higher gear with the opening of the federally-run health-care marketplace on Oct. 1.

At the same time, residents and business owners are awaiting the unveiling of an “Oklahoma Plan” to expand health coverage and improve health outcomes that Gov. Mary Fallin promised in her State of the State speech earlier this year.

These and other topics were discussed Tuesday evening during Oklahoma Watch’s first “Oklahoma Watch-Out” community forum at Kamps 1910 Café in Oklahoma City.

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Around The State
2:26 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Moore, Choctaw Each Receive $300K In U.S. Commerce Grants

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Two organizations in Central Oklahoma will receive more than half-a-million dollars from the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of its Economic Development Administration grant program.

The City of Moore will receive $300,000 to hire a disaster coordinator develop strategies during the rebuilding efforts after May’s devastating tornado. The job will also be responsible for managing disaster assistance at the federal, state and local level.

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Native American
1:03 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

More Legal Trouble Ahead For Father In Cherokee Adoption Case

Dusten Brown with 4-year-old Veronica.
Credit Cherokee Nation

Oklahoma’s governor is looking for ways to keep the father of a Cherokee girl from facing charges in South Carolina.

Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, faces felony charges related to his fight to keep custody of his daughter, Veronica. This week, he turned her over to Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica’s adoptive  parents.

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Around The State
11:53 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Bond Program Challenge

Credit Provided / State of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to a bond program that would help fund a new office for the state Medical Examiner.

The court says the bond program that has been used by Oklahoma colleges and universities to fund more than $600 million in buildings and projects at campuses across the state over the last decade is constitutional.

The court authorized an application to issue additional bonds. The application includes $38.5 million in bonds to build a new facility for the Medical Examiner's Office at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

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Women's Rights
8:57 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Oklahoma Women Fare 48th In National Study

Red-colored states, including Oklahoma, are the bottom ten in the rankings of how women fare in a variety of indicators.
Credit Center for American Progress

A new analysis ranks Oklahoma 48th in the nation for how women are faring in 36 different economic, leadership and health indicators.

The report was released on Wednesday by the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.,-based non-partisan research and educational institute.

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Affordable Care Act
8:15 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Oklahoma Senators Expected To Split Obamacare Vote

U.S. Capitol Building
Credit dbaron / Flickr Creative Commons

The Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate is moving toward a test vote Wednesday on an emergency spending bill, despite tea party attempts to stop it.

The bill gets rid of a House measure to "defund" President Barack Obama's health care bill, a defunding Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) supports.

Cruz and his allies have been speaking on the Senate floor since Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to delay a vote. When that vote comes, it's likely Oklahoma's two U.S. Senators will find themselves on opposite sides of the tally.

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It's All Politics
7:57 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Wednesday Morning Political Mix — Sept. 25, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, worked a rare Senate overnight shift as he kept up a lengthy diatribe against Obamacare (with many digressions.)
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 10:21 am

It's Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, which puts us five days away from a possible federal-government shutdown that would begin Oct. 1 if Congress fails to pass a stop-gap spending bill.

So the drama in the Senate over the spending bill leads the day's interesting political items and features Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. At this writing, Cruz was in the last gasps of an anti-Obamacare talkathon. That's where we start:

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Energy
5:52 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Lays Off 86 Workers

Chesapeake Energy's campus in Oklahoma City.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Chesapeake Energy Corp. reportedly laid off dozens of employees Tuesday as part of an ongoing restructuring under its new chief executive.

In an email to employees of the Oklahoma City-based energy giant, CEO Doug Lawler said 86 employees from several departments lost their jobs.

Lawler said in the email obtained by KWTV-News9 the company "worked hard to ensure that each was treated with integrity and respect throughout this process."

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