9:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

NPR’s Scott Simon Takes Twitter To A New Frontier: His Mother’s Hospital Bed

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NPR's Scott Simon's mother passed away Monday evening, and the veteran host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" used Twitter to chronicle her final days with poignancy, grace, humor, and love.
On July 23, Scott Simon, the longtime host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, posted a tweet to his 1.2 million followers: "I just want to say that ICU nurses are remarkable people. Thank you for what you do for our loved ones." The tweet immediately preceding that one was about Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun.
Shots - Health News
8:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence In Treating Back Pain

Unfortunately, that CT scan probably won't help.
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Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 11:18 am

The misery of low back pain often drives people to the doctor to seek relief. But doctors are doing a pretty miserable job of treating back pain, a study finds.

Physicians are increasingly prescribing expensive scans, narcotic painkillers and other treatments that don't help in most cases, and can make things a lot worse. Since 1 in 10 of all primary care visits are for low back pain, this is no small matter.

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Transportation
7:38 am
Tue July 30, 2013

ODOT: Passenger Rail Expansion "Distant"

Passenger rail service between Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Kansas could be coming, but not anytime soon, according to transportation officials.
Credit Jack Snell "Snappy Jack"

Passenger railway travel between Oklahoma City and Tulsa and Oklahoma City and Wichita Kansas may be a distant possibility, according to Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials.

David Streb, director of engineering for the department, said Monday that such developments are still a ways away despite all the buzz.

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The Two-Way
8:00 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Senate Confirms James Comey As Next FBI Director

Former Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on May 15, 2007. NPR has learned that Comey is in line to become President Obama's choice as the next FBI director.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:26 pm

With a vote of 93-1, the Senate confirmed James Comey as the next director of the FBI. Comey will replace Robert Mueller.

NPR's Carrie Johnson filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Comey is a Republican and a former Justice Department official during the George W. Bush years. Civil rights groups questioned his record on surveillance and harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects.

"But after Kentucky Republican Rand Paul lifted his hold on the FBI nominee, Comey sailed through the full Senate.

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Politics and Government
6:40 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Judge To Decide Wednesday On How To Bring Veronica To Adoptive Parents

Charleston, South Carolina courthouse
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A South Carolina judge is set to consider how to transfer a girl of Cherokee heritage from her biological father in Oklahoma to the couple seeking to adopt her.

Court records show Matt and Melanie Capobianco have a hearing in family court in Charleston on Wednesday.

The couple has been seeking to adopt the now-3-year-old girl of Cherokee heritage since her birth. The girl's biological father challenged the attempt, saying federal law favored the girl being raised by him.

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Politics and Government
6:23 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

ACLU Accuses Task Force of Impersonating Police Officers

Caddo County District Attorney Jason Hicks
Credit Oklahoma District Attorneys Council

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is calling for an investigation of a drug task force in Caddo County that uses a private contracting company to help run drug stops of motorists on Interstate 40.

The ACLU asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to launch an investigation on Monday. It also called for charges to be filed against contractors from Desert Snow, who the ACLU says appear to be impersonating police officers in violation of state law.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Military Judge Will Likely Announce Manning Verdict Tuesday

Supporters of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning protest his detention by marching around the perimeter and blocking the gates of Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., on the final day of closing arguments in his military trial Friday.
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Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 6:06 pm

The military judge presiding over the case of Bradley Manning will likely hand down her verdict on Tuesday.

Manning is accused of perpetrating the biggest leak of classified information in the history of the United States. Col. Denise Lind has been deliberating since Friday. The Guardian reports:

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Open Records
1:47 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Norman State Rep. Stiles Wants More Consistency With Court Records

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A state lawmaker frustrated by the Oklahoma court system's hodgepodge of procedures for making court records publicly available online plans to explore the issue during the legislative interim.

Meanwhile, a court official says a $13 million project to make all records available online is moving forward.

State Rep. Aaron Stiles (R-Norman), an attorney, says it's frustrating that court clerks across the state have different policies for what court documents they scan and make available online.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:56 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Engaging In Placemaking

Credit OU Institute for Quality Communities

It can be easy to look at a building like the Devon Tower and understand the dynamics that helped make it possible.

Of course, there is the boom in oil and gas drilling brought on my new technology. And then there are the MAPS projects that invested in Oklahoma City, especially downtown.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Mon July 29, 2013

FBI: Operation Rescues 105 Sexually Exploited Children

A screenshot from video of an FBI sting.
FBI

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 1:13 pm

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