Smoking Ban
3:23 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

State Property Smoking Ban Approved

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The Oklahoma House has approved a bill that puts into state law Gov. Mary Fallin's executive order banning smoking on state property.

Fallin signed the executive order against smoking in state buildings last year. The House passed a bill 76-14 Tuesday that would expand the ban to properties that aren't buildings and would allow cities and counties to ban smoking on their properties.

The bill now goes to the governor for her signature.

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Texting Ban
2:01 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Okla. House Kills Texting and Driving Ban Again

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The Oklahoma House for the third time this session has derailed a proposal to ban texting while driving.  

The latest text ban attempt came in the form of an amendment by State Rep. Curtis McDaniel (D-Smithville) on a bill dealing with reckless driving penalties.

The amendment was tabled Tuesday with a 49-37 vote.  

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Business and Economy
6:15 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Fertilizer Plant Inspections Limited in OK

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Two state agencies say they only regulate fertilizer manufacturers in Oklahoma if there is a spill or emission, and do not inspect the plants for general safety.

Oklahoma is home to several fertilizer manufacturing plants, including one of the largest of its type in the nation just northeast of Tulsa. Lance Kunneman, fertilizer program administrator for the state Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, says the agency's regulatory power over manufacturers is limited to spill response.

Teach-In
2:52 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Steinbeck, Oklahoma Can Get Along

David Wrobel
Credit University of Oklahoma

John Steinbeck does not often rise to the list of universally revered authors among Oklahomans. His book, The Grapes of Wrath, is widely viewed as presenting a negative view of the state's residents.

But University of Oklahoma history professor David Wrobel says the state's reputation has not been cursed by the book.

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It's All Politics
12:33 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

'Managing Tragedy': A Defining Moment For Civic Leaders

Mayor Thomas Menino, who is recovering from a broken leg unrelated to the bombing, watches on as President Obama speaks during an interfaith healing service last week following the Boston Marathon blasts.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:24 pm

Some people are born to be pastors or therapists, but no one goes into politics expecting to help people with grief.

Yet mayors and governors often find themselves having to cope with tragedy. A tornado. A bombing. The death of a police officer, or a little girl.

It becomes an essential part of the job more often than they might expect. While they're rarely prepared for it, how they respond will define their time in office perhaps more than any other act.

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The Two-Way
6:17 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Tsarnaev Charged: Suspected Boston Bomber Accused Of Using WMD

A sign reading "Flying With Angels Krystle Campbell," is seen Monday as a passing MBTA bus with "Boston Strong" displayed on its message board drives through Medford, Mass. A funeral service for Campbell, one of the three people killed in the marathon bombings, was held later in the day.
C.J. Gunther EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 7:07 pm

(Most recent update: 7:00 p.m. ET.)

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill three people and wound more than 200 in what FBI investigators said evidence shows was a coldly calculated attack.

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NPR Story
7:23 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Oklahoma Medicaid Option Won't Be Ready this Year

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 10:26 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say a plan to provide health coverage to 200,000 uninsured Oklahomans without expanding Medicaid likely won't materialize before this year's legislative session ends, and it's unclear how any plan might work.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Midwest River Towns Ready Themselves For Cresting Floodwaters

In Clarksville, Mo., Bob Bailey adjusts a pump as he tries to keep floodwater from the Mississippi River out of a rental property Sunday. The small community has worked for days to build a makeshift sandbag levee.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Sun April 21, 2013 5:28 pm

Towns in Missouri, central Illinois and at least four other Midwestern states are under a flood warning, as heavy spring rains swell the Mississippi and other rivers to dangerously high crests. In some areas, rivers have already hit record flood levels.

In places where residents have been forced to evacuate their homes, the American Red Cross has set up shelters at schools and other facilities.

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Law
4:12 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court

A dispute over Texas' access to the Kiamichi River, which is located in Oklahoma, has started a longer legal battle that is headed to the Supreme Court.
Joe Wertz for NPR

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 12:39 pm

On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets water. And this is not a game.

The court will hear oral arguments in the case of Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, et al. The case pits Oklahoma against Texas over rights to water from the river that forms part of the border between them. Depending on how the court decides, it could impact interstate water-sharing agreements across the country.

Keeping Up With Texas

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Indian Times
6:20 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

ICWA Protects More That Just The Indian Child

Taiawagi Helton
Credit Photo by Susan Shannon


The United States Supreme Court this week heard the case Adoptive Couple vs Baby Girl which concerns the return of a three year old girl to her Cherokee Nation member father via the Indian Child Welfare Act, but is it a valid law or an out-dated race based law?

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