The Two-Way
9:08 am
Tue August 20, 2013

UPDATE: No Decision Yet On Egyptian Aid, White House Says

Egyptian soldiers stand guard in front of the constitutional court in Cairo.
Al Youm Elsabaa newspaper EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 1:02 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo

(We put a new top on this post at 11:50 a.m. ET and added a new development being reported by the AP at 2 p.m. ET.)

The Obama administration is still reviewing U.S. assistance to Egypt and it's incorrect to say that such aid has been "secretly" put on hold, the White House said Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
8:13 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Murder Charges Against Pakistan's Musharraf Are Unprecedented

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in April, near his home in Islamabad.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 7:59 am

The indictment Tuesday of former Pakistani President and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder charges connected to the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is an unprecedented exercise of power by a civilian court in a country long dominated by the nation's military, NPR's Abdul Sattar reports from Islamabad.

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Former Chief In Education For 50 Years
6:35 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Osage Nation Chief George Tall Chief Memorial Set For Saturday

Seal of The Osage Nation
Credit Osage Nation

 A memorial service for a former Osage Nation chief who died last week will be held on Saturday.

The Tulsa World reports that a memorial service for George Tall Chief will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gray Horse Chapel in Fairfax.

Tall Chief was chief of the Osage Nation from 1982 to 1990. He died Aug. 11. He was 96.

Tall Chief was a proponent of the three branches of government and an early supporter of its adoption in the Osage Nation.

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Sonic And Tribe Do Business
6:21 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Wyandotte Nation And Sonic Work Together, Create Jobs

Sonic Drive-in
Credit Bob B. Brown / Flickr.com

The Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma is opening a Sonic Drive-In in Missouri in hopes of diversifying its economic ventures.

This is the first time the Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp. has reached a development deal with a Native American tribe.

The tribe says the expected completion date for the restaurant is in October. It will be located in Seneca, about 10 miles from the tribe's headquarters in northeastern Oklahoma.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:46 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

New Secretary of Energy and Environment Has No Oil Experience, Says Oklahoma Oil Lobby

Col. Michael Teague
Credit Oklahoma Governor's Office

Gov. Mary Fallin on Aug. 16 appointed Col. Michael Teague as secretary of energy and environment.

Fallin’s choice for the cabinet position — which was created by combining the vacant offices of secretaries of energy and environment — was immediately criticized by the president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, the state’s largest industry trade organization.

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Affordable Care Act
12:55 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Criticizes Navigator Grants

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak
Credit Provided / Oklahoma Insurance Department

Three Oklahoma organizations will receive a combined $1.6 million in federal funds to provide navigators under the Affordable Care Act, a move Insurance Commissioner John Doak called a waste of money.

“First, (the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) wastes money an increases costs for insurers and consumers by duplicating regulation already performed by the Oklahoma Insurance Department,” Doak said in a press release. “Now, they continue this wastefulness by spending more on organizations that will be duplicating the work done by Oklahoma’s licensed agents and brokers.”

More than 335,000 insurance and agents and brokers are licensed by the Insurance Department.

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The Two-Way
11:59 am
Mon August 19, 2013

NPR CEO Gary Knell Announces He's Leaving

NPR CEO and President Gary Knell.
Sesame Workshop

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 5:58 pm

After fewer than 21 months on the job, NPR CEO Gary Knell announced at mid-day Monday that he's leaving the organization to become president and CEO at the National Geographic Society.

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Around The State
11:29 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Federal Bankruptcy Court Closes Shop In McAlester

Carl Albert Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, McAlester, OK
Credit U.S. General Services Administration / Wikimedia Commons

The court functions in McAlester's federal building have shut down as a way to cut costs.

The last session took place on Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District.

Federal courts have operated in McAlester for more than 100 years. Now, the federal building will house an FBI office and a credit union.

The McAlester News-Capital reports that Bankruptcy Judge Tom Cornish says the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is closing satellite courthouses to trim its budget.

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Health Insurance
10:46 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Premium Increases Approved For State Workers

Credit James Martin / Flickr

The cost of health benefits for state and education workers is going up in 2014.

At the recommendation of a board that oversees benefits for most public workers, Office of Management and Enterprise Services Preston Doerflinger approved the increase in premium rates on Friday.

The Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board recommended an overall increase of 3.6 percent for the self-funded HealthChoice Plan and a 2.2 percent hike in the monthly premium for the HealthChoice Medicare supplement plan.

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Health
10:02 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Judge Blocks Oklahoma Morning-After Pill Law

Credit David Morris / Flickr Creative Commons

An Oklahoma judge has blocked legislation that would have restricted access to over the counter emergency contraceptives in the state.

Oklahoma County District Judge Lisa Davis granted a temporary restraining order this morning stopping the new law that would have required girls under the age of 17 to have a prescription before a pharmacist would give them the “morning after” pill.

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