Won't Process Benefits Requests
3:59 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Texas National Guard Says No To Same-Sex Couples Benefits

The Texas National Guard is refusing to process requests for benefits submitted by same-sex couples because of the state constitution's definition of marriage.

Pentagon officials say Texas is the only state they know of that is turning couples away. Tuesday is the first working day that gays in the military may apply for benefits.

Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the commanding general of Texas Military Forces, sent a letter saying that the Texas Constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:24 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Sierra Club Report Claims Keystone XL Pipeline Fails Obama’s Climate Test

A worker inspects a segment of the Keystone Pipeline before it's lowered into a trench near Stroud, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

President Obama is still deciding whether to approve the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would unlock vast supplies of Canadian tar sands oil for the U.S. and global markets.

During a major climate speech in June, Obama reiterated his support for the project, with one stipulation:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:54 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Transmission Gap, In Two Images

Credit Global Energy Network Institute

Oklahoma has a lot of wind energy potential, and the state’s overall capacity for wind-powered electricity generation is growing.

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Oklahoma Watch
12:16 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Veterans Commit Suicide At Twice The Rate Of Civilians

Credit United States Army

Oklahoma veterans and active-duty military personnel are killing themselves at twice the rate of civilians, despite increased efforts to address the problem.

The 2011 suicide rate for soldiers was about 44 per 100,000 population, according to an Oklahoma Watch analysis of Oklahoma State Department of Health data. This rate includes active-duty military as well as veterans from the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea and World War II. The civilian rate for people over the age of 18 was about 22 per 100,000.

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Native American
9:47 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Grants Stay In Baby Veronica Case

Credit Cherokee Nation

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay to keep a 3-year-old Cherokee girl with her biological father.

A docket listing for the state Supreme Court shows that the stay was granted Friday in the case of 3-year-old Veronica.

Her biological father, Dusten Brown, has been fighting a South Carolina couple, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, for custody of the girl for years.

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State Capitol
9:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Lawmakers Return To State Capitol

State Sen. Clark Jolley speaking during the regular legislative session while Sen. President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman looks on.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

The Oklahoma Legislature is convening for a special session to address changes to the way civil lawsuits are handled in the state.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday for the first special session since 2006. It is the first time Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has called a special session.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate say they will need at least five days to pass bills through both chambers.

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The Two-Way
8:56 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The Lava Lamp Has Turned 50; Here's Some Groovy Video

Far out.
Superfloop Flickr

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 11:52 am

Not much more needs to be said, man: The lava lamp "first hit stores in Britain on this day in 1963."

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Tue September 3, 2013

McCain Says Right Strikes Can Hurt Assad's Capabilities

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., met with President Obama on Sunday at the White House.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 12:18 pm

By "taking out Bashar Assad's delivery capabilities of chemical weapons" the U.S. can make it much harder for the Syrian leader to wage war against his people and perhaps level the fighting field or turn it in favor of Assad's opponents, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday on Morning Edition.

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Fossils of Extinct Camel and Horse
6:01 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Oil Company Drills And Finds...Fossils

Example of horse fossil
Credit Calsidyrose / Flickr.com

 An oil company drilling in western Oklahoma has stumbled across a deposit of camel and horse fossils that date back roughly five million to 12 million years.

The Oklahoman reports that the fossils belong to an extinct species of camel and horse. They were found in July in the Packsaddle Wildlife Management Area.

One of the fossils discovered is a well-preserved horse skull that is tinier than its present-day descendant.

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64-year-old Swims from Cuba to Florida
4:21 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Fifth Times The Charm For Diana Nyad

The waters of Cuba and Florida
Credit NASA Goddard Photo & Video / Flickr.com

Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.

The 64-year-old Nyad stepped ashore in Key West on Monday just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after she began her swim in Havana on Saturday.

As she approached the shore, spectators surrounded her in the water, taking pictures and cheering her on. She swam within a couple dozen feet of the beach and walked on to dry land. She looked dazed and sunburned.

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