Native American
10:20 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Cherokee Nation, Freedmen Case Set For 2015 Hearing

Cherokee Nation Pow Wow from 2011.
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Oral arguments are set for next year in a long-running citizenship rights dispute between the Cherokee Nation and descendants of black slaves some tribal members once owned.

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports oral arguments are scheduled for April 28.

The tribe and the descendants — known as freedmen — have asked a federal court to sort out the dispute.

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Career Tech
9:44 am
Fri September 20, 2013

CareerTech To Create Biz Plan For Appropriation Request

Robert Sommers
Credit Governor Mary Fallin's Office

Career and Technology Education Executive Director Robert Sommers said Thursday the agency has been granted an extension with their budget request proposal.

In lieu of a traditional request, Sommers said the agency will put together a business plan outlining, not just the programs in the CareerTech system, but the value of the agency and its contribution to the state.

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Iran's New Leader Calls For 'Constructive Dialogue'

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani earlier this month.
Behrouz Mehri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 7:00 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani uses the op-ed pages of The Washington Post on Friday to:

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Shots - Health News
8:16 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Even As MERS Epidemic Grows, The Source Eludes Scientists

Camel jockeys compete at a festival on the outskirts of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a focal point for the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 9:17 am

A year after doctors first identified an illness that came to be known as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome researchers are reporting fresh genetic information about the virus that causes it.

The findings don't bring scientists any closer to understanding where MERS is coming from. In fact, the main news is that researchers were wrong about the source of some infections in the largest cluster of cases so far.

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Tribe, Wildlife Groups Together In Opposition
6:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Osage County Wind Project Sold To Foreign Company

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Wind Capital Group has announced that it's selling its Osage County Wind development project to TradeWind Energy and its foreign parent company, but a local Indian tribe is still concerned the project may go ahead without required federal, environmental and cultural studies.

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Birth Control
5:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Plan B Now Readily Available At Indian Health Service Facilities

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Native women seeking emergency contraception at Indian  Health Services facilities run by the federal government now can get it without  a consultation or prescription. The agency confirms that Plan B and generic versions are being provided to  women 17 years and older at pharmacy windows.

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
Riccardo De Luca AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 2:12 pm

Pope Francis, in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications, says "the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards" if it continues to focus on narrow issues such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception.

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The Salt
3:39 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

'Mountain Dew Mouth' Is Destroying Appalachia's Teeth, Critics Say

Appalachia has a distinct culture of sipping soda constantly throughout the day. "Here in West Virginia, you see people carrying around bottles of Mountain Dew all the time — even at a public health conference," says public health researcher Dana Singer.
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Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 10:50 am

Obesity. Diabetes. By now, we've all heard of the health risks posed by drinking too much soda.

But over in Appalachia, the region that stretches roughly from southern New York state to Alabama, the fight against soda is targeting an altogether different concern: rotted teeth.

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Politics and Government
12:49 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Oklahoma Lawmakers Say More Pension Changes Needed

State Rep. Randy McDaniel (R-Edmond)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Changes to Oklahoma's public pension systems in recent years have reduced their unfunded liability, but a state lawmaker says more changes are needed to assure their long-term financial health.

State Rep. Randy McDaniel of Edmond said Thursday the $11.6 billion unfunded liability of the state's pension systems poses a major financial challenge to state government. McDaniel says lawmakers must do more to secure retirement pensions for public employees because people are living longer and more people are receiving benefits.

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Affordable Care Act
11:30 am
Thu September 19, 2013

U.S. Tells Court It Will Challenge OKC-Based Hobby Lobby Order

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Lawyers for the federal government plan to fight an order that lets Hobby Lobby and a sister company avoid fines while they fight some sorts of birth control for its workers.

Attorneys representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed a notice in federal court Tuesday saying it would lodge an appeal. A lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and Mardel's interests said he was puzzled, saying the 10th Circuit has resolved much of the case.  

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