9:57 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Consultant Keeping Oklahoma Health Plan Under Wraps

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The public will get its first glimpse of an Oklahoma plan to provide health care to uninsured residents. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is supposed to present some of the findings from the study at its Thursday meeting. The entire report, though, is not being released.
A consultant hired by Oklahoma to help create a plan for covering people without health insurance has delivered a draft report on its findings to state officials, but officials refuse to release the report.
The Two-Way
6:28 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Head Of Environmental Division Is Leaving Justice Dept.

Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno in September of 2011.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 10:38 am

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ignacia Moreno, the point person at the Justice Department for prosecuting environmental crimes, says she will leave government service next month.

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State Capitol
6:35 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Two Options: Choices Near for State Employee Retirement Plans

Credit 401(k)3 / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma House has approved a bill to create a defined contribution option for state employee retirement benefits.

The proposal would allow state employees hired after July 2014 to choose between the defined contribution option and the current defined benefit system. The House approved the bill 72-20 Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Mary Fallin.

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The Two-Way
6:12 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Gets A New Signature

Jacob "Jack" Lew's signature, on the 2012 "Mid-Session Review" of the federal budget. He was director of the Office of Management and Budget at the time.

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 8:49 am

Back in January, when Jacob "Jack" Lew was a mere nominee for the position of Secretary of the Treasury, we fretted about his signature. (It is, after all, displayed on the dollar.) It looked like a doodle, or as New York Magazine called it, a "slinky that has lost its spring."

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2:45 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Shelter Dogs Turned Into Saviors at Elite Training Center

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Search and rescue dogs were prominent in the aftermath of the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. But one rescuer came away with a drive to help make sure there were more dogs available for the important work.
Callie was a washout. A Labrador retriever raised to be a seeing-eye dog, her bold curiosity was ill-suited to a life of leading around the blind, leaving her a born-and-bred worker with no job to do.
State Capitol
2:19 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

State Troopers Push for Pay Hike

Cadets line up during the 61st Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy - 2012
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Nearly 70 current and retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are visiting legislators and urging them to pass a bill to give them a pay raise.

The troopers gathered at the Capitol Tuesday and encouraged lawmakers to revive a bill that would give a 16 percent pay raise to all Department of Public Safety employees, including troopers.

Under the measure by State Rep. Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview), the entry-level pay for a state trooper would jump from $38,000 to $44,194.

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Politics and Government
12:58 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Minors Seeking Abortions May Have New Obstacles

The Oklahoma House has given final approval to a bill meant to make it more challenging for a minor to get an abortion without parental consent. The chamber approved Senate amendments to the bill 82-5 today with no questions or debate.

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12:40 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Norman Public Schools Raise The Cost of Lunch

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The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 is prompting a slight rise in the cost of lunch at Norman Public Schools.
NORMAN - Norman Public Schools' lunches will see a slight increase in cost following a measure approved Monday evening by the Board of Education. Lunch costs will increase by $0.05 per meal as part of a gradual series of increases to bring the average price of meals to $2.59, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
11:43 am
Tue May 7, 2013

In Boston, A Rare Rejection Of The Dead

Protesters gathered Monday outside the Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass., where the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is being prepared for burial.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 1:09 pm

Tamerlan Tsarnaev is stuck in a no-man's land.

The body of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber has been at a funeral home in Worcester, Mass., since Friday, refused burial by local cemeteries.

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11:40 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Conservative Group: Immigration Reform Would Cost $6 Trillion

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 8:00 pm



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.


And I'm Audie Cornish.

It's not clear what the cost might be of a bipartisan Senate bill that would give legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants. But today, the conservative Heritage Foundation announced it has the answer. Here's NPR's David Welna.

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