Politics
1:40 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Pension Cut Angers Senate's Staunchest Military Supporters

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., left, is urging her Senate colleagues to change the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for current and future military retirees.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Sun December 22, 2013 1:33 pm

In the two-year, $2 trillion budget deal that cleared the Senate last week, one item, worth just one-sixth of 1 percent of that total, was the reason many senators said they voted against it.

That item would produce some $6 billion in savings by shaving a percentage point off annual cost-of-living adjustments, and it would apply only to military pensions. Not all military pensions — just the retirement paid to veterans younger than 62.

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Africa
1:38 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

CAR Atrocities Must Be Answered, Says U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power

Samantha Power greets children on Thursday at a makeshift refugee camp in Central African Republic, where more than 40,000 people have found refuge from sectarian violence.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 7:56 am

The vicious sectarian violence in the Central African Republic continued last week as Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, visited on Thursday to make an appeal for peace.

It was a particularly significant trip for the ambassador: She began her career as a journalist and an activist, and was a vocal critic of the U.S. response to past atrocities and genocides.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Season's Greetings!

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December 21, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

On behalf of the staff of KGOU, I am sending the warmest of good wishes to you and your family for the holiday season.

We have a lot to be thankful for, including you.  You kept listening to KGOU, and you were inspired to financially support this service.   We appreciate the fact that you understand public media is a relationship of sharing and listening, and that both ensure the future for KGOU. 

May your holidays be filled with family, friends, food and warm memories.  Please enjoy!

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Closure: 94-Year-Old Widow Receives Remains Of Fallen Husband

Clara Gantt, the 94-year-old widow of U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Gantt, weeps in front of her husband's casket.
Andrew Renneisen AP

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 8:42 am

The sun had not yet risen, when the United Airlines jetliner made its way into Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.

Clara Gantt, 94, had been waiting for this moment for six decades. Of course, for six decades, she expected that this would be a happy reunion. She expected that the love of her life would come bounding off an airplane after two wars and come back home, resuming the life they had planned for each other.

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Politics
8:04 am
Sat December 21, 2013

The Life Of A Lobbyist In A Do-Nothing Congress

After casting their final votes of a session in which few laws were passed, members of Congress leave for a five-week recess.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat December 21, 2013 3:00 pm

The 113th Congress has finished its first session, and lawmakers enacted fewer than 60 laws. No Congress since 1947 has done so little legislating.

That's bad news for many of Washington's lobbyists. Howard Marlowe, for one, hasn't been feeling the joy of his job.

"One of the driest periods in the 35 years that I've been lobbying," he says.

An old Washington hand, Marlowe has a small, boutique lobbying firm specializing in local infrastructure projects. His client base includes airports, shipping ports and local governments.

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Europe
8:04 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Khodorkovsky, A Free Man After A Decade In Russian Prison

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, left, shakes hands with former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher at the airport in Berlin on Friday.
AP

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 11:05 am

Russia's best-known prisoner has been freed, after spending more than 10 years in jail.

After receiving a pardon from President Vladimir Putin on Friday, the former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is in Germany, where he's expected to meet with his mother.

For now, he's not saying much in public beyond a statement thanking supporters, but his sudden release has raised a storm of speculation in Russia.

Within hours of the announcement that Putin had granted the pardon, Khodorkovsky was on a private jet that whisked him to Berlin.

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Winter Storm
10:15 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

OKC Officials Urge Caution When Using Generators

Portable generators can be a useful tool when power loss occurs due to extreme weather conditions.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department walks you through proper use of portable generator equipment as a backup power supply for your home.

Winter Weather
8:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

UPDATE: Ice Storm Hits Oklahoma; Roads Improve In OKC Metro

An ice storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday for much of Oklahoma.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

UPDATE 12/21/13 8:15 a.m.:

The wind remained light overnight, sparing much of central Oklahoma from widespread power outages.

Conditions on roads in the Oklahoma City metro improved overnight as the temperature increased a degree or two, but authorities are still discouraging travel, especially due to icing on bridges and overpasses.

A winter storm warning remains in effect through 6 a.m. Sunday, with light icing expected through around noon Saturday.

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Unemployment Rate
6:38 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Oklahoma's Jobless Rate Ties At 13th Lowest In Country

Credit Kate Hiscock / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma labor officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly in November and that all major employment sectors report month-to-month job increases.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent in November, down from 5.5 percent in October.

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Affordable Care Act
6:20 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Injunction Prevents Enforcement Of Health Care Mandate To Provide Access To Morning-After Pill

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A federal judge has granted an injunction in a class-action lawsuit by almost 200 religious organizations that prohibits the government from enforcing the federal health care law's requirement that insurance coverage include access to the morning-after pill and similar contraceptives.

A preliminary injunction was granted Friday by U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti. The injunction prevents the government from enforcing the mandate on the religious groups as the lawsuit is litigated.

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