Energy
5:52 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Lays Off 86 Workers

Chesapeake Energy's campus in Oklahoma City.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Chesapeake Energy Corp. reportedly laid off dozens of employees Tuesday as part of an ongoing restructuring under its new chief executive.

In an email to employees of the Oklahoma City-based energy giant, CEO Doug Lawler said 86 employees from several departments lost their jobs.

Lawler said in the email obtained by KWTV-News9 the company "worked hard to ensure that each was treated with integrity and respect throughout this process."

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City Government
4:51 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Oklahoma City Council Approves MAPS 3 Streetcar Route

Streetcar rendering as part of a presentation of proposed routes for the MAPS 3 project.
Credit Provided / City of Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved a route for the first phase of a streetcar line as part of the MAPS 3 series of projects.

The 4.5-mile route framework connects Bricktown, Midtown, and a future convention center and downtown park also approved as part of MAPS 3.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
3:22 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Why Protesters Have A Hard Time Making Case Against The Keystone XL Pipeline

Activists in Oklahoma protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline on Sept. 21, 2013.
Credit 350.org / Flickr Creative Commons

A Sept. 21 protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline attracted 74 people who walked a portion of the pipeline’s proposed route, The Journal Record reports.

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The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

U.N. Must Battle 'Cold Logic Of Mass Graves,' Obama Says

President Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:09 pm

While conceding that nations will disagree about when and how to step in as "tyrants ... commit wanton murder," President Obama told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that "we must get better" at preventing atrocities.

The president again laid out his case for strong international action to hold Syrian President Bashar Assad accountable for his regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. Then Obama told world leaders that:

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Shots - Health News
10:28 am
Tue September 24, 2013

How Will Exchanges Change Options For Kids' Health Coverage?

I've got some more health care questions for you.
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Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 2:53 pm

As the scheduled launch of the state health insurance marketplaces on Oct. 1 approaches, many parents have questions about covering their children. Here are a few we got recently.

I am a divorced dad who has responsibility for maintaining my 15-year-old daughter's health insurance. It was easy when I was working and had a corporate health plan. Now that I am retired and covered by Medicare, I am looking for alternatives when the new exchanges open. Can I buy health insurance for just my underage daughter on these new exchanges?

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Native American
8:45 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Cherokee Girl Given To South Carolina Couple

Dusten Brown with his daughter, Veronica.
Credit Cherokee Nation

Last month, a South Carolina couple traveled to Oklahoma vowing to not leave the Sooner State without 4-year-old Veronica.

Since then, the little girl at the center of a bitter custody dispute has turned another year older and Matt and Melanie Capobianco traveled to courtrooms across Oklahoma in their fight to take the girl home with them.

Supporters of the girl's biological father, Dusten Brown, say he has put up a similar battle.

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The Two-Way
8:39 am
Tue September 24, 2013

UPDATED: Obama And Iranian President Rouhani Will Not Meet

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during an interview with NBC — part of a charm offensive ahead of his visit to the U.N. General Assembly.
Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam AP

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 2:59 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro on what President Obama will tell the U.N.

Update at 3:07 p.m. ET. Leaders Will Not Meet:

After intense speculation that the United States and Iran were on the verge of making history today by coordinating a meeting between President Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, there came word this afternoon that the two would not meet during the ceremonies surrounding the opening session of the U.N. General Assembly.

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Some GOP Leaders Tee Up Cruz For Blame If There's A Shutdown

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is becoming the face of a possible government shutdown over Obamacare, and that has many fellow Republicans bashing him for what they see as an ill-conceived gambit.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 10:36 am

Just a week before the federal government could shut down if no agreement is reached to fund it past the end of September, it's anyone's guess whether Democrats and Republicans will avoid plunging over this particular cliff.

More certain, however, is that if a shutdown happens over Obamacare and Republicans wind up taking the heat, many GOP fingers of blame will point squarely at Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas Republican will likely become the face of the 2013 shutdown, just as Newt Gingrich became the poster boy of two government shutdowns of the mid-1990s.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Kings Of Leon: Back With The 'Comeback Story Of A Lifetime'

Kings of Leon, left to right: Jared, Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill.
Dan Winters Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 10:48 am

Kings of Leon appeared to be on the downswing after an unexpected breakdown in July 2011; it was uncertain whether the band would swing back up again. Two years later, the group is revitalized and returning with its sixth album, Mechanical Bull.

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Native American
5:34 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Lifts Stay In Cherokee Girl Case

Credit Cherokee Nation

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it's declining to take jurisdiction over the adoption dispute involving a Cherokee girl and has dissolved a stay that was keeping the girl with her father in Oklahoma.

It wasn't immediately clear whether young Veronica would remain in the Cherokee Nation. The tribal court has found that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina have no valid claim to the 4-year-old. The girl's father, Dusten Brown, claims federal law favors his keeping custody of the child, but the U.S. Supreme Court has said the Indian Child Welfare Act does not apply to the case.

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