It's All Politics
6:40 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Obama's Challenge: Answer Snowden Without Seeming To

President Obama sought to address concerns over NSA surveillance measures at a White House news conference on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Heading into Friday's news conference, President Obama had a delicate balancing act before him: how to acknowledge widespread concerns about National Security Agency surveillance without in any way legitimizing the actions of leaker Edward Snowden.

The best course, the president decided, was to acknowledge that Snowden's revelations to some degree forced his administration to accelerate and expand a review of the federal government's surveillance activities.

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Narconon Arrowhead Facility
5:56 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Medical Detox Center No Longer Certified

Narconon Arrowhead facility
Credit Colin Henderson / Flickr.com

Oklahoma officials say a medical detox center in Pittsburg County has lost temporary state certification to conduct medical detox services.

Jeffrey Desmukes is a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services. He said Friday that the Narconon Arrowhead facility in McAlester had not met the requirements to obtain a full certification to conduct medical detox services. Desmukes says temporary certification expired at the end of June.

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Septemberfest
4:19 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Governor And Husband To Host Septemberfest

Past Septemberfest
Credit Wesley Fryer / Flickr.com

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and husband Wade Christensen will host the 17th annual Septemberfest on Sept. 7 at the Governor's Mansion and Oklahoma History Center.

Septemberfest is a free family event that features a variety of attractions.This year's celebration will include historic re-enactments, a chalk artist, pony rides, crafts, inflatables, carriage rides and steer roping. Also featured will be an outdoor music stage, American Indian dancers, chuck wagon cooking and a rock-climbing wall.

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Tulsa
11:12 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Council Split, No Vote On Rename Of Tulsa Street Linked To KKK

A Brady St. mural of Woody Guthrie holding his guitar on the side of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Tulsa's City Council has postponed a vote on whether to rename a popular downtown street celebrating a town founder with ties to the Ku Klux Klan and possibly a race riot.

After Thursday's three-hour-plus public hearing from residents on whether to changeBrady Street, the council reached a 4-4 tie based on their debate but never took a formal vote.

Councilors decided to delay voting until next week because a ninth councilman, who could break the tie, was out of town.

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Music News
10:44 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Remembering The People's Throat Singer Of Tuva

Kongar-Ol Ondar at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Genghis Blues was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Short.
Scott Nelson Getty Images.

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:57 am

The technique known as throat singing is an ancient style still practiced in Tuva, a small republic between Siberia and Mongolia's Gobi desert. Traditionally, it was practiced by herders.

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State Capitol
9:46 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Officials Prepare To Set State Employee Health Insurance

Credit ana branca / Flickr Creative Commons

State officials are nearing the completion of the selection of health insurance providers for state workers, the first under a new process established in 2012.

“The Office of Management and Enterprise Services is finalizing the plans and rates proposals,” said John Estus, spokesman for the agency.

“We plan to share that information with various employee groups and the (Employee Benefits and Insurance) board will discuss it at their Aug. 16 meeting and makes it recommendations,” he said.

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Verdict Today? Wait Continues At Trial Of 'Whitey' Bulger

A courtroom sketch of James "Whitey" Bulger (left) and defense attorney J.W. Carney, Jr.
Margaret Small AP

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 8:28 am

It's Day 4 of jury deliberations in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, the now-83-year-old Boston gangster who is accused of 19 murders and racketeering.

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Shots - Health News
8:40 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Swallowing Tiny Magnets Can Lead To Big Trouble For Kids

There's only one way to know if magnets and kids attract: with an x-ray.
Julie Brown/Seattle Children"s Hospital

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 6:56 am

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Severe Storms
8:08 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Flooding Takes Oklahoma City Man's Life

Rainfall amounts from Thursday night's severe storms.
Credit Oklahoma Mesonet

Severe thunderstorms moved through central Oklahoma Thursday night causing flooding and power outages across the area.

Oklahoma City police say a 60-year-old man drowned while trying to rescue a relative who was stranded by floodwaters.

Police say the man was swept into a drainage canal and drowned early Friday in northwest Oklahoma City. Police say the relative, who was stranded in a car, escaped without injury.

That incident happened near NW 122nd and Pennsylvania. Police reported water over the roadway there with three stalled cars in the intersection.

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The Two-Way
5:40 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Obama Set For News Conference Friday Afternoon

President Obama at the White House on Thursday.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

President Obama is set to hold a news conference at the White House on Friday at 3 p.m. ET — his first such formal give-and-take with the press corps since "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden starting spilling secrets about National Security Agency surveillance programs in June.

So we should expect questions about Snowden, spying and civil liberties, as well as strained relations with Russia, the economy and other subjects.

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