The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Giffords Reaches 'Responsible Gun Owners' At Firing Ranges

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., at a firing range in Nevada earlier this week. Her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, was behind her.
Americans for Responsible Solutions

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 9:41 am

  • From 'Weekend Edition Saturday': Mark Kelly talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer

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The Two-Way
2:02 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

ElBaradei To Be Egypt's Prime Minister

Mohamed ElBaradei.
Mohamed Abid El Ghany Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 7:00 pm

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The office of the interim Egyptian president is now backtracking on reports of the appointment of Mohamed ElBaradei as prime minister. NPR's Leila Fadel reports this comes "after the second-largest Islamist party in Egypt [Salfi el-Nour], which has so far been on board with the military coup, reportedly rejected the appointment."

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Environment
12:25 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

One Garden's Climate Struggle (And How To Save Yours)

Many of the flowers at Hillwood are doing well despite the ever-changing local climate.
Emily Files NPR

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 11:44 am

At the Hillwood Estate gardens in Washington, D.C., the new norm is: "Expect the unexpected." So says volunteer coordinator Bill Johnson, who has worked on property belonging to the heiress of the Post cereal fortune for 30 years.

Like home gardeners, the horticulturalists and professional gardeners at Hillwood are confronting an unpredictable climate.

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Oklahoma City Thunder
4:02 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Thunder Jersey Honors Tornado Victims

Players for the Oklahoma City Thunder will wear this logo on their uniforms during summer league play to honor tornado victims.
Credit Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder will wear special uniforms during summer league competitions to honor those affected by the violent tornadoes that hit the state in May.

The Thunder revealed the jersey on Friday. The team will debut the special uniforms at the Orlando Pro Summer League on Tuesday, when the Thunder faces off against the Detroit Pistons.

The team will wear the commemorative jerseys for all home contests during summer league competition.

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Will Rogers World Airport
1:30 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Smoking Ban Coming to OKC Airport

Smoking will only be allowed outside at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport starting Sept. 1.
Credit AMagill / Flickr Creative Commons

The last refuge for smokers at Will Rogers World Airport is slated to close this year.

The Oklahoman reports the Oklahoma City Airport Trust voted unanimously last week to shut down the smoking room at the airport on September 1st.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney says the smoking lounge sparked complaints from travelers as well as airport workers.

After the lounge is closed, smokers at the airport will have to go outside.

Smoking at Will Rogers also is banned up to 175 feet away from the entrance areas.

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Tornado Recovery
12:02 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Scalping "In Poor Taste" For Tornado Benefit Concert

Credit tobykeith.com

A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity, it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public.

Oklahoma natives Toby Keith and Garth Brooks are among the star-studded lineup of Saturday's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

The organizers of Saturday's concert declined a request by The Associated Press to discuss ticket scalping.

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Indian Times
12:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

St. Gregory’s Revives Honor Dance For Newly Named American Indian Saint

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Credit Catholic Online

After the death of Father Vincent Traynor, an honorary member of several tribes in Oklahoma, the honorary dance to honor the then Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, became of thing of the past.  With her being named the first Native American saint last October, Abbot Lawrence at St Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, thought it was high time to revive it.

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Tulsa
11:13 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Assessment Company Expanding In Tulsa

Credit Dennis from Atlanta / Flickr Creative Commons

A company that specializes in personnel assessment says it will build a new $8.7 million headquarters in downtown Tulsa.

Hogan Assessments has offered to buy a parcel from the Tulsa Development Authority for the project.

The company has 65 employees and brings in as many as 500 people from the U.S. and other countries for training and meetings.

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GRDA
10:11 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Grand Lake Level To Drop In August

Grand Lake O' the Cherokees
Credit GRDA

Federal regulators have turned down a request to keep the water level up at Grand Lake through the Labor Day holiday.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told the Grand River Dam Authority that a three-foot drawdown scheduled for August will go on as planned.

The Tulsa World reports that landowners and businesses wanted the lake level to stay up through Labor Day weekend so more people can use the lake.

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The Two-Way
9:50 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Better Than Expected Job Growth In June

At a job fair in Los Angeles last month, job seekers filled out applications.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 9:48 am

More jobs were created last month than economists had expected, but the unemployment rate held steady.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that employers added 195,000 jobs to public and private payrolls. That's better than the gain of 165,000 that forecasters had predicted.

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