State Capitol
5:20 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Dialysis, E-Cigarettes, More Fill Senate Study Requests

State Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, has requested an interim study on how dialysis centers receive state certification.
Credit newslighter / Flickr Creative Commons

Senators requested a total of 55 interim studies by Friday’s deadline for submitting their proposals. ECapitol reports the proposed studies cover a variety of different issues.

Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, for example, requested a study of the certification process for dialysis centers, Interim Study Request 2013S-22.

Sen. Rob Johnson, R-Yukon, has requested a study of the taxes and youth access to e-cigarettes. Johnson was the author of one bill related to the issue during the legislative session and contributed language concerning the products for another bill, neither of which was approved.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:13 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Why Obama’s Keystone XL Climate Change Comments Confused Everyone

President Obama visited an Oklahoma pipe yard in 2012 and pledged his support for the Cushing-to-Texas Keystone Gulf pipeline.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

It’s hard to know where President Barack Obama stands on the Keystone XL pipeline project, which still awaits his approval.

Obama has rejected Transcanada’s permit for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline in the past, but championed parts of the project during a 2012 trip to the pipeline’s hub in Cushing, Oklahoma.

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:32 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Oklahoma Gay Marriage Supporters Praise SCOTUS Ruling

Supporters gather for Oklahoma City's annual Pride festival - June 27, 2009
Credit Jessica Lothrop / Flickr Creative Commons

Supporters of gay marriage in Oklahoma are praising a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples.

But opponents of same-sex marriages also found a silver lining in Wednesday's ruling, saying Oklahoma's constitutional ban on gay marriage remains intact.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement Wednesday saying that like "the vast majority of Oklahomans," she supports traditional marriage.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Justice Kennedy At Center Of Gay Rights Decisions For A Decade

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has now written two landmark gay rights decisions.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:06 pm

Ten years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas "Homosexual Conduct" law that criminalized some sexual acts.

Today, on the anniversary of that decision, the high court overturned a federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

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OneSix8
12:41 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week Featuring Flyers And Finders

Tarzan swoops into the Civic Center Music Hall this week.
Credit Oklahoma City Theatre

A man trying to stay off the grid, one who already is, and an opportunity for those longing for simpler days highlight this week’s OneSix8. 

In 2009, U.K. citizen David Bond set out to completely disappear from the state’s surveillance programs. In his attempt to fly under the radar in the world’s third most intrusive surveillance country, he left his pregnant wife and child. Soon, Bond discovered just how much the government knew about him and his family as two private investigators began tracking him across the state.  

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling

Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act case.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 2:51 am

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Expected To Issue Historic Rulings On Gay Marriage

Gay rights activist Vin Testa of DC waves a flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court building on Tuesday in Washington, DC.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 11:38 am

Update at 10:45 A.M. ET:

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Clock Runs Out On Controversial Texas Abortion Bill

The Texas Capitol rotunda filled with supporters of state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who filibustered a controversial abortion bill.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 6:38 am

The official clock ran out on Texas lawmakers overnight, which effectively killed a bill that would have dramatically restricted abortion in the nation's second most populous state. Hours of chaos and confusion in Austin finally lifted as Texas Senate leaders decided that the vote on Senate Bill 5 did not clear a constitutionally-mandated hurdle that it pass before midnight.

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The Two-Way
3:02 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Rules For Adoptive Family In Dispute

This October 2011 photo provided by Melanie Capobianco shows her adoptive daughter, Veronica, trick-or-treating in Charleston, S.C. The Supreme Court handed down a decision Tuesday in favor of the Capobiancos, who sued after Veronica was returned to her biological father under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Courtesy of Melanie Capobianco AP

In a complex and heart-wrenching case, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the parental rights of a Native American father may be terminated if he has failed to establish a history of "continued custody" of his biological child.

The decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, however, is viewed as narrow and leaves intact the the 1978 federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law was designed to stop the historically brutal and improper removal of Native American children from their families for adoption or foster care by white parents.

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The Two-Way
10:11 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law

Field Director Charles White of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) speaks at a podium outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 3:49 pm

By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.

The decision focuses on Section 4 of the Act.

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