Science, Technology and Environment
6:35 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Oklahoma Bill Targeting Major Wind Project Withdrawn

A wind turbine under assembly near Balko in Oklahoma's Panhandle. When completed, the turbine will be part of D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments' 300-megawatt Balko Wind Project.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A bill to redefine public utilities in Oklahoma has been withdrawn amid concerns it would threaten plans for a major electricity transmission project connecting state wind farms to consumers in the South and on the East Coast.

Republican Rep. Todd Thomsen of Ada withdrew his bill from consideration after members of the House Utilities Committee complained it would threaten the Plains & Eastern Clean Line.

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5:50 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

High Court Leans Toward Religious Protection In Headscarf Case

Samantha Elauf outside the Supreme Court Wednesday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:46 pm

At the U.S. Supreme Court, you know that it's going to be a hot argument when the usually straight-faced Justice Samuel Alito begins a question this way: "Let's say four people show up for a job interview ... this is going to sound like a joke, but it's not."

The issue before the court on Wednesday was whether retailer Abercrombie & Fitch violated the federal law banning religious discrimination when it rejected a highly rated job applicant because she wore a Muslim headscarf.

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Oklahoma News
5:39 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Sequoyah Lodge Dedicated After Extensive Renovation

Sequoyah State Park

Sequoyah State Park's renovated Sequoyah Lodge has been dedicated by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

The 104-room lodge — originally built in 1956 — has been renovated to emphasize the original mid-century modern design. Emphasis has been placed on interior upgrades which focus on environmental awareness including fabrics with reduced environmental impact and furnishings made in the U.S.

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Business and Economy
4:42 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Oklahoma Banks See 10 Percent Increase In Profits

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Oklahoma banks have seen a 10 percent increase in profits, earning a record $1.3 billion in 2014 despite the decrease in the number of banks in the state.

The Oklahoman reports that the profits are a sign of improvement for banks after the near economic collapse, according to Roger Beverage, CEO of the Oklahoma Bankers Association.

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Code Switch
4:10 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Supreme Court Looks At Abercrombie & Fitch's Hijab Discrimination Case

Samantha Elauf was not hired by the preppy retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf during her job interview, which the company said conflicted with its dress code.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 7:27 pm

A closely watched case before the Supreme Court Wednesday could have big consequences for religious rights in the workplace. It involves Abercrombie & Fitch, the preppy, mall-based retailer, and a young Muslim woman who wore a headscarf to a job interview at the company seven years ago.

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1:17 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Hydrocodone No Longer Oklahoma's Most Prescribed Drug

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Hydrocodone is no longer the top drug prescribed to Oklahoma Medicaid patients.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports that according to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the painkiller hydrocodone has held the top spot for more than five years.

Authority officials say that the drop is due to the changes in state and federal guidelines that reclassified hydrocodone as a more restrictive drug, which makes it more burdensome to prescribe.

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Oklahoma News
12:27 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

House Committee Approves "Right To Try" Bill

State Rep. Richard Morrissette (R-Oklahoma City)

An Oklahoma House committee has approved legislation allowing terminally ill patients access to medications that have received preliminary approval from the Food and Drug Administration but are not yet on pharmacy shelves.

The House Public Health Committee voted 10-0 Wednesday for the Oklahoma Right to Try Act and sent it to the full House for consideration. Oklahoma is among 29 states considering similar bills, which have already been approved in five states.

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World Views
10:49 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Art In Andean Religious Traditions And How It Evolved After Spanish Conquest

University of Arizona Press

Colonization of the Andes and the expansion of Catholicism changed the subjects of the region’s art, but many of the older traditions survived Spain’s settlement of South America.

Pre-Columbian art forms in the Andes often used vivid colors, precious metals, and fine textiles to represent the sacred.

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Politics and Government
8:51 am
Wed February 25, 2015

House Committee Approves Bill Restricting Wind Industry

A wind farm outside of Woodward in northwestern Oklahoma.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

A bill adding new regulations on Oklahoma’s booming wind industry passed a House committee Tuesday. The proposed legislation would place limits on where companies can build new wind farms.

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5:38 am
Wed February 25, 2015

D.C. Bible Museum Will Be Immersive Experience, Organizers Say

Steve Green in the basement of the Washington Design Center, which was recently demolished as part of the construction for the Museum of the Bible. Green and his family, owners of Hobby Lobby, are building the Museum of the Bible.
Andre Chung for The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 5:52 pm

In Washington, D.C., construction is underway on the Museum of the Bible, an eight-story, $400 million enterprise funded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green.

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