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.
Jin Lee Bloomberg via Getty Images

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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Hunger
9:55 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Oklahomans To See Cut in Food Benefits Nov. 1

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The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is warning Oklahomans who receive food benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — or SNAP — that cuts are coming on November 1st.

The SNAP program was formerly known as Food Stamps and its benefits were increased in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help offset the recession.

The increased benefits will expire October 31st.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Whale Of A Fine: JPMorgan Chase To Pay $920M In Penalties

The JPMorgan Chase building in London, where traders ran up huge losses.
Timur Emek AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 10:39 am

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to acknowledge that it violated federal securities laws and will pay $920 million in penalties assessed by regulators in the U.S. and U.K. to settle charges related to the huge trading losses racked up by its London traders last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday morning.

As we wrote earlier this week when word of the pending settlement first emerged, this all:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:55 am
Thu September 19, 2013

The Fight For Southeast Oklahoma Water Has 19th Century Roots

University of Oklahoma law professor and tribal law expert Taiawagi Helton says Choctaw and Chickasaw water rights were never revoked.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

When Oklahoma City decided to build a pipeline that would eventually carry water from Sardis Lake, in southeast Oklahoma, to the city, the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations filed suit in federal court saying pretty much all of the water in that part of the state belongs to them.

That was in 2011. The parties have been negotiating outside of court since early 2012, and the case was stayed for a sixth time Sept. 17.

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National Security
8:25 am
Thu September 19, 2013

ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online

In the last few years, the feds have expanded efforts to collect tips about people's behavior in the real world. At a fusion center in Las Vegas, workers like Daniel Burns, a program coordinator, analyze suspicious activity reports. The ACLU on Thursday posted more than 1,800 of these reports that were gathered in central California.
Monica Lam Center for Investigative Reporting

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 1:29 pm

With all the talk of spying by the National Security Agency, it's easy to forget the government engages in off-line surveillance, too. In the last few years, the feds have expanded efforts to collect tips about people's behavior in the real world; they're called suspicious activity reports.

Hal Bergman, a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, has a fondness for industrial scenes, bridges, ports and refineries.

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OneSix8
7:30 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Take Flight This Weekend

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If your plans for this weekend are up in the air, this week’s OneSix8 has some suggestions for you. From fairies to butterflies, there are a lot of options to spread your wings and enjoy the warm weekend ahead.

The Gatesway International Balloon Festival and Oklahoma Hot Air Balloon Championship take flight this Thursday and continue through Saturday. People from across the country have traveled to Oklahoma with their award winning balloons. There are 30 Balloons in total, but this event is more than just nylon and hot air.

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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Death Toll At 80 And Likely To Rise As Storms Slam Mexico

Near the town of Petaquillas, Mexico, a man held on to a line Wednesday as he crossed a stream swollen by rain dumped by the storm Manuel.
Alejandrino Gonzalez AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 7:54 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': Host Renee Montagne talks with the AP's Michael Weissenstein

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