Politics and Government
6:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Court Awards American Indian Child to SC Couple

South Carolina's highest court has ruled that an American Indian child who's at the center of a custody suit that went to the U.S. Supreme Court should be returned to the Charleston-area couple seeking to adopt her.

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Politics
4:42 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Congress Debates Taking A Step Back From The Mortgage Market

The government took over mortgage giants Fannie Mae (seen in 2010) and Freddie Mac in 2008, during the worst of the housing crisis.
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Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 6:11 pm

The mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac got hit so hard by the housing crisis that they required a massive federal rescue. Now lawmakers are looking to scale back the two entities' role — and the government's — in the mortgage market.

The Senate Banking Committee is expected to vote Thursday on President Obama's nominee to head the agency that oversees Fannie and Freddie.

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Planet Money
3:36 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

The Federal Reserve, home of the Beige Book.
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Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 6:11 pm

The Beige Book is weird. It's an economic report released by the Federal Reserve every few months, but it doesn't have many numbers in it. Mostly, it's a bunch of stories gathered by talking to businesses around the country. A Fed economist once described it as the "Ask Your Uncle" approach to figuring out what's going on in the economy.

In the Beige Book released today, for example, we learned that:

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Politics and Government
12:16 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Coffee Chosen As General Counsel For State Chamber

Glenn Coffee
Credit Oklahoma Secretary of State

Former Secretary of State Glenn Coffee has been named the new general counsel for the State Chamber of Oklahoma. 

The chamber said Wednesday that Coffee's legal and legislative background make him a good fit for the position. As general counsel, he will provide legal advice for the chamber and serve as a member of its board of directors.

The group lobbies for pro-business reforms and initiatives throughout the state.

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OneSix8
10:57 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Homegrown Heroes

A'Mari Jo Rocheleau stars as Dotty in Carpenter Square Theatre's production of "Out of Sterno."
Credit Carpenter Square Theatre

There’s no place like home for the events featured on this week’s OneSix8. 

Carpenter Square Theatre’s rendition of “Out of Sterno” closes this weekend. Deborah Zoe Laufer’s wacky comedy follows the extremely likable Dotty who lives in the town of Sterno. And when I say she lives there, I mean she never leaves.

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Housing
10:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Goodwill Gets Federal Grant To Help Veteran Families

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding a $1.4 million grant to Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma.

The grant announced Tuesday is to be used to provide support services to very low-income military veteran families living in or transitioning into permanent housing.

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Environment
9:16 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Oklahoma AG Joins EPA Suit For Documents

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the attorney generals of 11 other states have filed a lawsuit seeking documents involving the Environmental Protection Agency's legal strategy with environmental groups.

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All Tech Considered
9:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday

An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer keeps an eye on his dashboard computer as it reads passing car license plates.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 10:06 am

License plate scanners are the dark horse of the surveillance world. They've been around for a decade, but people rarely notice. They don't look much different from closed circuit cameras, perched over busy intersections. Or they're just another device mounted on a passing police car.

But they notice you: A scanner can ID thousands of plates a day. And a new ACLU report says the vast majority of police agencies now use them.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:48 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tulsa Plans To Ask Voters To Approve Never-Ending Sales Tax Hike

Lions sun themselves at the Tulsa Zoo. Included in the proposal is $8 million to construct a new big cat exhibit at the Tulsa Zoo.
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Public meetings on the recently approved draft of what would be Tulsa’s biggest ever capital improvement initiative continue through August. The list of potential projects range from widening streets and repairing bridges to replacing city pools with aquatic centers and building new zoo exhibits.

But paying the nearly $1 billion price tag is forcing Tulsa to get creative, as the Tulsa World‘s Zack Stoycoff reports:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:49 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Booming Enid Needs At Least 600 New Homes Within the Next Two Years

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Enid is growing. It’s population is on the rise thanks to the oil and gas industry, and its importance as an agricultural center. In fact, the city is expected to add 1,700 more jobs over the next two years. All good news, right?

Except there’s really no place for new residents to live. Enid has been experiencing a housing shortage since 2008, when, as The Journal Record‘s Molly M. Fleming reports, more than 100 homes were built in Garfield County:

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