Shots - Health News
6:28 am
Tue November 26, 2013

These Californians Greeted Canceled Health Plans With Smiles

Amid insurance cancellations, some people are finding better coverage through Covered California, the state's health exchange.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 12:28 pm

Barbara Neff of Santa Monica is one of the roughly 1 million Californians who recently got word that their health insurance coverage would be expiring soon.

The canceled plans sparked a political firestorm as people realized President Obama's promise — "If you like your plan, you can keep it" — didn't apply to everyone.

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Study Published
6:20 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Methane May Be Bigger Global Warming Issue Than Carbon Dioxide

Credit Al Jazeera English /

A new study says the United States is spewing 50 percent more methane than the federal government estimates. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Scientists say that means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than they thought. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn't stay in the air as long.

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Charged With Manslaughter
5:42 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Deliberations Begin In Trial Of Police Captain Accused of Shooting Teen

Credit steakpinball / Flickr Creative Commons

A jury is deliberating the case of an Oklahoma police captain charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.

Jurors began deliberating about 4:30 p.m. Monday in the trial of Del City police Capt. Randy Harrison. Harrison is charged in the March 14, 2012, death of 18-year-old Dane Scott Jr. A 23-year veteran officer in an Oklahoma City suburb, Harrison has pleaded not guilty.

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State Capitol
12:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader Not Seeking Re-Election

Senate minority leader Sen. Sean Burrage (D-Claremore)
Credit State Senate

Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader Sean Burrage says he won't run for re-election next year.

The Democrat from Claremore says he wants to focus his attention on his family and legal career. Burrage has served in the Oklahoma Senate since 2006, and went unchallenged in his re-election bid in 2010.

In November 2011, he was elected Senate Democratic leader. Burrage would have been term-limited in 2018 had he run for re-election next year.

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Native American
12:22 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

U.S. Gives Oklahoma Tribe Greater Control Over Land

Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Credit The White House / livestream

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was in Oklahoma on Monday to sign an agreement with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation to approve leasing regulations for the tribe.

Jewell was joined by Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole to sign the agreement that allows the tribe greater control in leasing their trust lands.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the sixth tribe to take advantage of a new law called the HEARTH Act that gives tribes the ability to create regulations for long-term leasing of Indian lands.

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Native American
11:36 am
Mon November 25, 2013

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association 2013 Conference

Edward Hall III
Credit Susan Shannon

Native American cultures are getting a helping hand from a surprising source…tourism.  The stereotypes of insensitive non-Indians picking through baskets and turquoise jewelry, while still alive and well, is not what the American public, or the world, looks for in a vacation. They want an experience, and often as not, they want to learn.

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Woody Guthrie
9:51 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Rebuilding Continues On Woody Guthrie's Okemah Home

Woody Guthrie
Credit Courtesy of the Woody Guthrie Archives.

Work is continuing in Okemah on the rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home.

Project spokesman Johnny Buschardt says the site plans are completed and the lot where Guthrie's home one stood is prepped. He says a construction schedule will be finalized over the holidays.

Organizers want to raise about $500,000 for the rebuild, which will use original planks of wood salvaged from the site decades ago.

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The Two-Way
9:27 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Syrian Peace Talks Set To Start In January

In the Syrian town of Hejeira, a fighter from a Shiite militia patrolled last week.
Jaber al-Helo AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 9:07 am

Representatives from the Syrian opposition and from President Bashar Assad's regime will sit down at a negotiating table for the first time on Jan. 22, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office announced Monday.

The U.N. adds that:

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Bethel Acres Family Finds New Foundation After May Tornadoes

Bettie and Joel Spears in front of their new home.
Credit Kate Carlton

When a series of tornadoes battered Central Oklahoma last spring, close to 4,500 houses were damaged or destroyed.  Six months later, many organizations are helping rebuild these homes and restore normalcy to the affected families. One of those organizations, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, has just finished its first home for one couple affected by the storms. 

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4:07 am
Mon November 25, 2013

After The Storm: Commerce Returns To Damaged Philippines City

In the past week, this street market in Tacloban has grown exponentially as people try to earn money to rebuild their lives.
Frank Langfitt/ NPR

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 12:11 pm

Commerce has returned to the storm-savaged streets of Tacloban in the past week. People sell bananas along the roads, and a bustling market has sprung up across several blocks downtown.

Jimbo Tampol, who works for a local Coca-Cola distributor, drives across Tacloban selling ice-cold sodas from coolers. In a city where there is no electricity and little refrigeration, a cold soda is a big deal, a symbol of normalcy.

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