The Two-Way
4:15 am
Tue October 1, 2013

No End In Sight As Government Shutdown Nears First Full Day

Members of the U.S. Park Service place barricades around the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. A partial shutdown of the federal government has led to the closing of national parks.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 1:08 pm

Update at 8:18 p.m. ET. Impasse:

As first day of a federal government shutdown came to a close, Congress was not any closer to a resolution.

Case in point: Republicans in the House proposed three bills that would have reopened national parks, the Department of Veteran's Affairs and kept the D.C. government afloat. But all three bills didn't even make it out of the House.

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Cash On Hand
6:40 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

If Government Shuts Down, DHS Good Through The End Of The Week

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A spokesman for Oklahoma's Department of Human Services says the agency is taking a "wait and see" approach when it comes to determining what effect a government shutdown could have on the agency.

Mark Beutler says most the programs using federal money are reimbursed by the government. He says that means that if the government does shut down Tuesday, it will not affect DHS immediately. He says DHS has enough cash on hand for the time being and operations will be business as usual through the rest of the week.

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Find Help Online
5:15 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Insurance Marketplace Will Be Open For Business Tomorrow

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More than three years after President Obama's Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Oklahomans without health insurance can finally start shopping for coverage.

The long-anticipated opening of the insurance marketplace will occur Tuesday in spite of bitter opposition to the health care overhaul law by Oklahoma's highest elected officials, including Gov. Mary Fallin.

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The Two-Way
4:52 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Obama On The GOP: 'I Shouldn't Have To Offer Anything'

President Barack Obama talks about the government shutdown during a media availability following Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:09 pm

With just hours to go before a potential government shutdown, President Obama said there is still a window to avert it.

"There's still an opportunity, during the course of this day to avert a shutdown and make sure that we are paying our bills," Obama said in an interview with NPR.

But when asked if any proposal from the House is closer to something he would approve, Obama said flatly, "No."

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Shots - Health News
3:48 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

A Doctor's 9 Predictions About The 'Obamacare Era'

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:25 pm

Debate is raging about Obamacare, and not just in Washington. Out here in Oklahoma we're grappling with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Patients. Employers. Hospitals. Doctors. Insurers. All of us.

Here then are one doctor's predictions about what we will see in the short and medium term for what I see as the unfolding Obamacare era — the biggest domestic health expansion since the enactment of Medicare in 1965.

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Diesel Rebate Fraud: Truck-Stop Company Says It Is Repaying Millions

Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, discusses accusations of rebate fraud, in April. Today, Haslam said that an audit found problems with only a small number of the company's customers' accounts.
Wade Payne AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 5:20 pm

Months after federal agents raided its Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters over charges that it withheld millions in diesel fuel rebates from customers at its truck stops, Pilot Flying J says it is paying the companies that were cheated.

From Nashville, Blake Farmer of member station WPLN filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:21 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Why Gov. Mary Fallin Won’t Back School Storm Shelter Ballot Measure

Gov. Mary Fallin tours the site of Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore days after the May 20 tornado.
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Supporters of an initiative petition to fund tornado shelters in Oklahoma schools are gathering the thousands of signatures needed to send the proposal to a statewide vote, but Gov. Mary Fallin won’t be on the list.

The Tulsa World‘s Barbara Hoberock reports the plan, which would use revenue from the state franchise tax to pay the $500 million debt, does not have the governor’s support:

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Oklahoma Voices
10:59 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Supporting The Safety Net: Examining Poverty In Oklahoma

Credit Oklahoma Policy Institute

Census Bureau data released in September show that one in six Oklahomans were a part of a family falling below the poverty line - $19,090 for a three-person household. The figures analyzed by the Oklahoma Policy Institute show 23.8 percent of Oklahoma children live in poverty, an increase of 1.7 percent over the last five years.

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Affordable Care Act
10:17 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Oklahoma Congressmen Support Plan To Delay Health Act

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
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Oklahoma's five members of the U.S. House of Representatives each voted for a resolution to temporarily fund the federal government while delaying implementation of the federal health care act.

Republicans Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, James Lankford, Markwayne Mullin and Jim Bridenstine each voted for the proposal that passed the House on a 231-192 vote late Saturday.

The government is on the verge of a partial shutdown Tuesday and congressional Republicans vowed Sunday to keep using an otherwise routine government funding bill to try to attack what they call "Obamacare ."

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Native American
8:16 am
Mon September 30, 2013

South Carolina Adoptive Parents Seek Expenses In Custody Fight

Dusten Brown with now-four-year-old Veronica.
Credit Cherokee Nation

A South Carolina couple is asking an Oklahoma man and the Cherokee Nation to pay for expenses in connection with the couple's adoption of a Cherokee girl.

The Tulsa World reports the petition was filed Sept. 9 in South Carolina by Matt and Melanie Capobianco while Dusten Brown was appealing court orders to hand over his 4-year-old daughter Veronica.

Brown is the biological father and fought for custody after the child was adopted by the couple.

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