Affordable Care Act
11:23 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Hobby Lobby Granted Temporary Exemption To Federal Health Law

The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby stores, leave the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City after Friday's ruling temporarily exempting the company from paying for all forms of birth control under its health care plan.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

A federal judge is temporarily exempting Hobby Lobby Inc. from a provision in the new federal health care law that requires it to offer insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar birth control or face steep fines.

After hearing brief arguments Friday, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a preliminary injunction for the Oklahoma arts and crafts chain. The judge stayed the case until Oct. 1 to give the federal government time to consider an appeal.

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Student Loan Interest Rates
10:55 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Coburn Joins Plan For Lower College Loan Rates

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is part of a bipartisan group of eight senators announcing a deal that lets students avoid higher interest rates on federal loans.

The bipartisan group of senators on Thursday told reporters they've reached a compromise to lower the rates for students who borrow from the federal government.

The rates would be linked to financial markets, meaning interest rates would climb in coming years — but with a limit on how high the rates could be.

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State Capitol
10:04 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Capitol Remodel Won't Affect Possible Special Session

Oklahoma State Capitol
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As workers remodel House and Senate space in the State Capitol, lawmakers are confident the construction will not affect a possible special legislative session.

House Media Director Jason Sutton and Senate Communications Director Malia Bennett told eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley the current construction on offices or committee rooms would not impact the work lawmakers may be called to do.

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Open Records
8:48 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Corporation Commission Sets Phone Records Privacy Policy

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has decided to determine whether the records of telecommunications companies are confidential on a case-by-case basis.

The three-member commission Thursday agreed to dismiss a proposal that it determine what records will be kept confidential under the Oklahoma Open Records Act and decided instead to use the case-by-case method.

The commission uses information in annual reports by telephone companies to review which companies are doing business in a particular exchange and to determine the public utility assessment fee for each company.

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Affordable Care Act
7:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Hobby Lobby Wants Exemption From Health Care Law

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Hobby Lobby stores and a sister company want a federal judge to exempt them from new federal health care law requirements that they offer the morning-after and week-after birth control pills.

Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby and the Oklahoma City-based Mardel Christian bookstore chains will argue their case Friday before U.S. District judge Joe Heaton.

The companies claim their owners' religious beliefs are so deeply rooted that having to provide every form of birth control would violate their conscience.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Now That Detroit's Filed For Bankruptcy, What Happens Next?

A portion of downtown Detroit along the Detroit river.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 11:59 am

With its bankruptcy filing Thursday, Detroit became the largest municipality in the United States to seek Chapter 9 protection.

As Scott reported, the city is saddled with $18.5 billion in debt.

Today, we ask, what happens next?

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Shots - Health News
2:23 am
Fri July 19, 2013

White House Muddles Obamacare Messaging — Again

President Obama walks off the stage after speaking about the Affordable Care Act during an event in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. Obama argued that the law is holding insurance companies accountable and putting money back into the pockets of consumers.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Sat July 20, 2013 5:13 am

This summer was supposed to be a time to reintroduce the public to the Affordable Care Act and teach people how to sign up for benefits this fall.

But that's not what's happening.

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The Two-Way
11:45 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

New Photos Show 'Real Face' Of Tsarnaev, Police Sgt. Says

Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19 as he emerged from a boat stored in a Watertown, Mass., backyard. The red dot of a police sharpshooter's laser sight can be seen on his forehead.
Mass. State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy Boston Magazine

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 10:47 pm

(Updated 11:45 p.m. ET)

Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy, who released images that depict the capture and arrest of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has reportedly been "relieved of duty," Boston Magazine reported Thursday night.

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Education
6:45 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

State Superintendent Barresi Creates "Wish List" For Educators

Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi is launching an initiative to provide teachers affected by this year's storms with a wish list of school supplies.

Barresi announced she is launching Project Meet the Need after hearing from teachers whose classrooms were damaged or destroyed by spring tornadoes, floods and other storms.

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6:36 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Anoatubby Expounds On Tribal Contributions To State

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Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby addresses the National Lieutenant Governors Association and tells them American Indian tribes are a plus for the state's economy and create jobs for natives and non-natives.
Oklahoma's 39 federally recognized Native American tribes generate more than $12 billion each year for the state's economy and have more than 80,000 employees, the governor of the Chickasaw Nation said Wednesday. You have clicked on a link to information that is exclusive to Journal Record subscribers.

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