The Two-Way
12:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Obama Urges Healing, Peace In Ferguson, Mo.

President Obama speaks to reporters Thursday about the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET:

President Obama is calling the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where violence has broken out in the aftermath of a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, "heartbreaking and tragic."

Speaking in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard where he is vacationing, Obama said he received a briefing this morning from Attorney General Eric Holder.

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10:33 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Free Health Care, What The World Eats And $1 Museum Entry Highlight Your Week

A medical professional performs dental work at a Remote Area Medical event in Oklahoma.

Hundreds of professionals with Remote Area Medical (RAM) come to Oklahoma City this weekend to provide complimentary medical care for the public. The two-day health fair takes place Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 in the Expo Hall at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

Medical specialists offer dental care, eye exams with glasses made on site, women’s care, counseling sessions, tobacco cessation help and medical screenings.

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Oklahoma News
9:44 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Oklahoma Argues For Dropping Corrections Board From Execution Lawsuit

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr

Attorneys representing the state in a lawsuit over Oklahoma's lethal injection procedures are again asking a federal judge to dismiss the Board of Corrections from the complaint, along with any other death row inmate who does not have a pending execution date.

In court papers filed Wednesday, attorneys for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections argued the corrections board shouldn't be named in the lawsuit, saying it's not a separate entity.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:17 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Flaming Waterways And Death Threats: The History Of Oklahoma’s Scenic Rivers

A group of Tulsa bartenders prepare for a day on the Illinois River at Diamondhead Resort near Tahlequah, Okla.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

This is part one of StateImpact Oklahoma’s four-part series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the threats they face. 

The six eastern Oklahoma waterways classified as scenic rivers are each examples of the pristine beauty of that part of the state. They’re also tourist magnets. Even on a Monday morning, rowdy Tulsans pile into a bus at Diamondhead Resort and rumble toward the nearest access point into the Illinois River.

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6:43 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Young Migrants May Request Asylum, But It's Hard To Get

Immigration and Customs officials stand by as a woman and child, who were deported from the United States, deplane at the San Pedro Sula airport in Honduras on July 18.
Esteban Felix AP

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 10:49 am

The recent surge of young migrants from Central America means immigration judges across the U.S. are deciding who can stay — and who must go back home.

But amid the emotional debate surrounding the issue, what exactly is the law when it comes to immigration and asylum seekers?

Maria Cristina Garcia, a professor of immigration and refugee history at Cornell University, spoke with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep about the law that's likely to be applied in these cases.

How does one become eligible for asylum in the U.S.?

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:44 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Oklahoma’s Largest Utility Prepares To Comply With EPA, Pass Costs To Customers

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gas and Electric has put up staunch resistance to new federally mandated air pollution rules, joining Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt in taking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to court over the regional haze and mercury and air toxics rules.

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Oklahoma News
8:32 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Hearing Set In Lawsuit Over Oklahoma Executions

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for next month in a lawsuit filed by a group of death row inmates over Oklahoma's execution procedures.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot on Tuesday scheduled a hearing for Sept. 18 in the case, which was filed by 21 inmates following the April 29 botched execution of Clayton Lockett. The inmates are trying to halt any attempt to execute them using the state's current lethal injection protocols.

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Arts and Entertainment
7:19 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Study On State Arts Council Draws Supporters For Continued Independence

Credit Oklahoma Arts Council

State officials with the Oklahoma Arts Council and many others pleaded with lawmakers Wednesday to remain an independent agency during an interim study before the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee. 

Various art entities in the state, including the Arts and Humanities Council in Tulsa, the Red River Arts council in Durant and individuals like Enid-native opera singer Leona Mitchell also urged members of the House committee to leave the Arts Council as an independent agency, for fear of jeopardizing federal funds and politicizing the agency’s mission. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:09 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Oklahoma and Texas Are Home To Half Of U.S. Oil And Gas Drilling

U.S. Crude Oil Production, August 2014
U.S. Energy Information Agency

There were 211 drilling rigs operating in Oklahoma last week, the state’s highest level in almost six years, Bloomberg’s Lynn Doan and Richard Stubbe report.

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6:08 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Chickasaw Nation Receives Large EPA Grant

Credit DonkeyHotey /

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $112,000 to the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma to use to administer the tribe's environmental program and to help develop multimedia programs to address environmental issues.

The funds may also be used for attending environmental training and conducting community outreach.

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