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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Affordable Care Act
9:54 am
Mon August 19, 2013

State Makes Little Effort To Promote Health Exchange

About 70 people show up at a church in Oklahoma City to learn about the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Warren Vieth / Oklahoma Watch

In just six weeks, nearly one in 10 Oklahomans will be able to buy subsidized health policies from private insurance companies through a new online marketplace set up by the federal government.

Many more who don’t qualify for the subsidies will still be able to shop on the marketplace and obtain coverage, even if they’ve been turned down in the past for pre-existing conditions.

But it won’t be simple. Several companies will offer policies, with different levels of coverage. Tax credits will be available for people falling within certain income ranges. Many people will need one-on-one assistance to navigate the registration process.

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Books
2:07 am
Mon August 19, 2013

For You To Borrow, Some Libraries Have To Go Begging

The Tyson Library in Ludlow, Vt., is required to support itself independently; public libraries in Vermont receive no state funding.
Neda Ulaby NPR

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 3:14 pm

More than 90 percent of Americans say public libraries are important to their communities, according to the Pew Research Center. But the way that love translates into actual financial support varies hugely from state to state.

Vermont, for instance, brags that it has more libraries per capita than any other U.S. state. Some of them are remarkably quaint. In Ludlow, one library is a white clapboard Victorian, slightly frayed, ringed by lilies and sitting by the side of a brook.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Egypt Tense After Bloody Crackdown On Protests

Mourners attend the funeral of Ammar Badie, son of the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, at the Katameya cemetery in the New Cairo district on Sunday. Badie was killed in clashes with security forces.
Ed Giles Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 12:51 am

This post was updated 1:00 a.m. ET Monday

The Egyptian government says at least 36 people were killed Sunday — Islamists who had been in custody of security forces, according to a report in The New York Times.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sun August 18, 2013

A Musical Power Couple With A Dozen-Strong Entourage

Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 3:07 pm

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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Sat August 17, 2013

Alabama Tops Associated Press' Preseason Football Poll

Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after defeating LSU 21-0 in the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans.
Gerald Herbert Associated Press

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 7:31 pm

Alabama has snagged the top spot in The Associated Press preseason college football poll as the team sets its sights on a third-straight national title.

The AP writes:

"The [Crimson] Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State and match Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.

The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.

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The Salt
4:54 am
Sat August 17, 2013

How Many Cups Of Coffee Per Day Are Too Many?

A barista makes coffee using the pour-over method at Artifact Coffee in Baltimore.
NPR Benjamin Morris

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 10:40 am

That morning cup of Joe is a daily, practically sacred ritual for many of us.

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Indian Times
8:52 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

“Baby Friendly Initiative” Promotes That Breast Is Best

Native Woman Breast Feeding Her Child
Credit Drawing by Robert Sisk (Loyal Shawnee/Eastern Delaware)

How a baby begins life after birth affects the rest of the baby’s development. The Baby Friendly Initiative, begun by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, recognizes that. It currently has made inroads in 152 countries, including the United States, and now Oklahoma. The first hospital to make the grade is Claremore Indian Hospital.

Georgiana Sweetwater, who goes by Gibby and is from the Pawnee Nation, is the Nurse Manager for OB In-Patient Services and Women’s Clinic. She attended a workshop sponsored by the United Nations in Albuquerque.

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NAGPRA Grants
6:33 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Grant Money Will Bring Home Ancestral Remains

Chickasaw Warrior statue
Credit Chickasaw Nation

The National Park Service has awarded the Chickasaw Nation more than $7,000 to help the tribe return ancestral human remains and cultural objects.

The grant money is part of more than $65,000 that the NPS awarded to various tribes, museums and groups under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis says in a news release that Protection and Repatriation Act helps correct mistreatment of Native peoples' by returning human remains and sacred objects.

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