State Capitol
9:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Lawmakers Return To State Capitol

State Sen. Clark Jolley speaking during the regular legislative session while Sen. President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman looks on.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

The Oklahoma Legislature is convening for a special session to address changes to the way civil lawsuits are handled in the state.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday for the first special session since 2006. It is the first time Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has called a special session.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate say they will need at least five days to pass bills through both chambers.

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The Two-Way
8:56 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Lava Lamp Has Turned 50; Here's Some Groovy Video

Far out.
Superfloop Flickr

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 11:52 am

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Tue September 3, 2013

McCain Says Right Strikes Can Hurt Assad's Capabilities

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., met with President Obama on Sunday at the White House.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 12:18 pm

By "taking out Bashar Assad's delivery capabilities of chemical weapons" the U.S. can make it much harder for the Syrian leader to wage war against his people and perhaps level the fighting field or turn it in favor of Assad's opponents, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday on Morning Edition.

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Fossils of Extinct Camel and Horse
6:01 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Oil Company Drills And Finds...Fossils

Example of horse fossil
Credit Calsidyrose / Flickr.com

 An oil company drilling in western Oklahoma has stumbled across a deposit of camel and horse fossils that date back roughly five million to 12 million years.

The Oklahoman reports that the fossils belong to an extinct species of camel and horse. They were found in July in the Packsaddle Wildlife Management Area.

One of the fossils discovered is a well-preserved horse skull that is tinier than its present-day descendant.

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64-year-old Swims from Cuba to Florida
4:21 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Fifth Times The Charm For Diana Nyad

The waters of Cuba and Florida
Credit NASA Goddard Photo & Video / Flickr.com

Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.

The 64-year-old Nyad stepped ashore in Key West on Monday just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after she began her swim in Havana on Saturday.

As she approached the shore, spectators surrounded her in the water, taking pictures and cheering her on. She swam within a couple dozen feet of the beach and walked on to dry land. She looked dazed and sunburned.

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Transit
11:42 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Oklahoma's Heartland Flyer Hits Car

Credit Jack Snell "Snappy Jack"

Police in Norman say public intoxication and other charges have been filed against the driver of a car that was struck by the Heartland Flyer passenger train.

Police say the collision occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday when a car driven by Derick Mellican was struck by the train in Cleveland County. Officials say the vehicle had been driving on the tracks for about four miles when the driver stopped and jumped from the vehicle just prior to impact.

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All Tech Considered
9:44 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Modifying The Dollhouse: Exposing Girls To Tech Through Play

Youth Radio

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 1:51 pm

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State Capitol
9:40 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Special Session Starts Tuesday

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Oklahoma legislators who return to the state Capitol Tuesday to begin a special session to overhaul the state's system for filing civil lawsuits could find some of the heavy lifting on "tort reform" bills already completed.

House and Senate officials say several pieces of a comprehensive 2009 bill that was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court were addressed by the Legislature in later bills and shouldn't have to be revisited again in the special session.

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Health Care
6:34 am
Mon September 2, 2013

For Many Oklahomans, The Doctor Is Not In

Dr. Maha Sultan, who practices in Frederick in southwest Oklahoma, is one of only three licensed doctors in Tillman County.
Credit Frederick Press-Leader

Despite efforts to increase the number of doctors in rural areas, many Oklahoma counties are still sorely lacking physicians to provide sufficient care to their residents.

Is there a doctor shortage in your county?

Seventy-two of the state’s 77 counties, or 94 percent, are designated by the federal government as shortage areas for primary health professionals; 30 have 10 or fewer doctors of any kind. The five counties not considered shortage areas are Oklahoma, Johnston, Canadian, Rogers and Wagoner, according to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

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The Two-Way
5:38 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Radioactive Water Leak At Fukushima Worse Than First Thought

This photo taken Aug. 6 shows local government officials and nuclear experts at Fukushima after contaminated water was discovered.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 9:48 am

Radiation surrounding Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has increased 18-fold following a report last month that radioactive water had leaked into the ground around the plant, which was badly damaged in a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., which owns the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, reports that radiation around the site is at 1,800 millisieverts per hour, a level that Reuters says is "enough to kill an exposed person in four hours."

Previously, the utility, also known as Tepco, said the leaking water was at around 100 millisieverts per hour.

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