State Capitol
10:54 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Oklahoma In Minority Without Texting While Driving Ban

Oklahoma is one of only nine states without a ban on texting while driving.
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A recently released survey of states by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows Oklahoma is one of nine states without a texting ban in place, despite some lawmakers’ previous efforts.

Through public awareness campaigns and other grassroots efforts, there has been a 45 percent increase in the last three years in the number of states with texting bans, with 41 states and the District of Columbia having some type of texting ban in place, up from 28 states and D.C. in 2010, the survey data shows.

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Indian Child Welfare Act
9:44 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Cherokee Nation Seeks Re-Hearing In Adoption Case

Credit Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma says it's filed a petition for a rehearing of the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision allowing the adoption of a girl of Cherokee heritage by a Charleston-area couple.

The Tahlequah-based tribe said Monday that the court's decision was "troubling."

Several American Indian groups are also preparing to sue over the decision.

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Higher Education
9:20 am
Tue July 23, 2013

UCO Among Best Colleges To Work For

Old North Tower at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
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The Chronicle of Higher Education has named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the nation's "Great Colleges to Work For."

The university was selected as among the best for professional and career development and for its teaching environment.

The results were determined through a direct survey of faculty and staff at universities and colleges throughout the country.

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6:58 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Jim Thorpe's Final Resting Place Still Not Settled

Lead in text: 
He was called one of the greatest atheletes of the 20th century, but Jim Thorpe’s life certainly had its highs and lows. His final resting place wasn’t his native Oklahoma but the small Pennsylvania towns of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk – which later combined to bear the name of the famous athlete.
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Business and Economy
6:48 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Auction of Artifacts From Creek Council House Museum Opposed

The chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation says a planned auction by the Creek Council House Museum Association in Okmulgee is prompting complaints. The sale of more than 200 items is scheduled for Sept. 20 and includes artwork, bows and arrows and other artifacts. 

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Severe Storms
12:43 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Shelter Permits Sought In Norman After Tornadoes

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Norman residents are applying to build storm shelters in the wake of deadly tornadoes that struck in Moore and other nearby areas.  

The May 19 and 20 tornadoes killed dozens in Moore and other Oklahoma City metro areas just north of Norman.

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Community
11:05 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Fixing A City's Economy Two Feet At A Time

An artist's conception of a traffic roundabout in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Credit Institute for Quality Communities / University of Oklahoma

Nearly 70 years after the post-World War II suburban explosion, some developers and civic innovators argue that urban centers can increase their livability by going beyond the lower limits of what’s functional.

Dan Burden is the co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute in Port Townsend, Washington. He’s studied and documented the conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in more than 2,000 town centers.

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Community
10:37 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Pedaling Toward Healthier Communities

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Cities across the nation are trying to improve the health of their populations, many developers are embracing cycling infrastructure as a way encourage civic engagement, environmental goals, and economic prosperity.

John Cock is an urban planner based in Davidson, North Carolina with Alta Planning and Design.

During a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities, Cock described three types cyclists – those who are already out there, the 7-9 percent who would ride on urban streets if they had a bike lane, and another 60 percent who don’t even want a bike lane if they have to share the roadways with traffic or parked cars.

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Health Insurance
10:33 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Oklahoma Watch Study Identifies Jobs With Largest Number of Uninsured

Cassie Clark, a part-time administrative assistant, falls into the health care "coverage crater" because she's not eligible for Medicaid but doesn't make enough money to qualify for new tax credits under the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Warren Vieth / Oklahoma Watch

When the government starts helping low-wage workers pay for health insurance next year, 6,704 Oklahoma cooks will be left empty-handed.

So will 6,154 cashiers, 4,572 waiters, 4,207 housekeepers and 3,870 retail salespeople, an Oklahoma Watch data analysis shows.

Interactive: Uninsured Workers by Job and Industry Group

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Shots - Health News
9:52 am
Mon July 22, 2013

State Laws Limiting Abortion May Face Challenges On 20-Week Limit

Becca Besaw of Austin, Texas, and Christopher Robertson of Fort Worth, Texas, protest the state's new law restricting access to abortion at a rally in Dallas on July 15.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:57 pm

Banning abortions after a specific point in pregnancy has been a popular trend in the states this year. Last week, GOP Gov. Rick Perry made Texas the 12th state to ban most abortions after 20 weeks.

But how states define the starting point for that 20 weeks may cause headaches for women and their doctors — and ultimately affect whether these laws pass constitutional muster.

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