Here & Now
3:05 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Oklahoma Following Kansas’s Lead On Second Trimester Abortion

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks at the National Press Club January 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Gov.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 1:20 pm

The Oklahoma legislature is set to follow Kansas in an effort to restrict abortion, after lawmakers there passed a bill banning the most common method used by women in the second trimester.

NPR’s Jennifer Ludden tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that the method, called “dilation and evacuation” has been dubbed “dismemberment abortion” by opponents of the practice.

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Health
1:19 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Three People From Texas Sick With Listeriosis, Linked To Blue Bell Products

.imelda Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:28 pm

Update April 9, 11:08 a.m.: Federal health authorities say three people in Texas have become ill with listeriosis, a foodborne illness that has recently been linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products.

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Oklahoma News
12:58 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

State Senate Approves Nitrogen Hypoxia Bill, Heads To Governor's Desk

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Senate unanimously approved a bill Thursday that adds a new execution protocol to the state’s list of approved methods. The Sooner State could be the first in the nation to use nitrogen hypoxia if the governor signs off. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:15 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Oil Exec Tried To Meet With OU President On Oklahoma Quake Research As Far Back As 2011

Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm at the 2012 Time 100 gala.
David Shankbone Flickr

The November 2013 meeting with University of Oklahoma President David Boren wasn’t oil billionaire Harold Hamm’s first attempt to discuss with university officials and a state seismologists Oklahoma’s earthquake surge and possible links to oil and gas activity, a new EnergyWire story reveals.

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World Views
10:13 am
Thu April 9, 2015

How Arun Gandhi Continues His Grandfather's Legacy By 'Planting The Seeds Of Peace'

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi
Provided arungandhi.net

Mahatma Gandhi preached a philosophy of nonviolence, understanding, and the search for truth. 67 years after Gandhi’s death, his grandson Arun Gandhi continues spreading that message of peace and carries on his legacy.

The younger Gandhi grew up in South Africa under apartheid and faced constant prejudice because of the color of his skin.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:45 am
Thu April 9, 2015

In Southwest Oklahoma, A Farmer Harvests The Wind And Watches The State Capitol

Bob Kerr on his ranch near Carnegie, Okla., which is flanked by turbines from the Blue Canyon Wind Farm.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Lawmakers have filed several measures targeting Oklahoma’s wind industry during the 2015 legislative session. The bills most likely to end up on the governor’s desk add regulation — like preventing new wind farms from being built near hospitals, schools and airports — and reduce wind energy tax credits.

Bob Kerr has lived on his Caddo County ranch for 43 years. The nearest tow, Carnegie, is home to about 1,700 people — a sprawling metropolis in southwestern Oklahoma

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It's All Politics
5:57 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Suicides By Missouri Politicians Raise Questions About State Ethics

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide following political attacks during his campaign for governor. His press secretary, Spence Jackson, committed suicide just one month later.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 1:53 pm

In Missouri, two political suicides have stunned the Republican Party. In February, state Auditor Tom Schweich, a leading candidate for the party's nomination for governor, shot himself. Then just last month, his press secretary, Spence Jackson, took his own life. The tragedies have sparked fresh scrutiny of Missouri's increasingly bruising political system.

Schweich launched his campaign for governor with a scathing broadside against the state's Republican Party establishment.

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OneSix8
12:49 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Curbside Chronicle Photographers, Vendors Print Fresh Perspectives

Ryan West, Robert and Geovanny de Leon pose in front of the Homeless Alliance's WestTown drop-in center on northwest 4th at Virginia Avenue, also home of The Curbside Chronicle office.
The Curbside Chronicle

Robert is a modern-day newsie. But he doesn’t hawk a tabloid or news rag on the streets of New York or Mexico City. He sells The Curbside Chronicle at busy intersections in northwest Oklahoma City. Some sales days are better than others.

“I did do really well Friday. I had 31 magazines and I sold out in less than two hours,” said Robert, who chose not to share his last name. “I didn’t have any more and I was upset with myself ‘cause I should have bought at least 60.”

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Weather and Climate
4:43 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tornado Watch Issued Ahead Of Likely Severe Storms In Central, Northern Oklahoma

Thunderstorms are expected to begin isolated, but quickly become severe. It will likely be later in the afternoon before any severe thunderstorm is able to form, likely first in northern Oklahoma then farther south.
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 3:44 p.m.: Tornado Watch issued for areas north, west of Interstate 44

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of the state north and west of a line that roughly follows Interstate 44.

The Norman Forecast Office says scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will move across central and eastern Oklahoma through the afternoon, bringing small hail and occasional lightning.

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Oklahoma News
1:25 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Federal Judge Declines To Stop Transfer Of Seattle Elephants To OKC Zoo

Achara, the new baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Two Seattle elephants could soon join the OKC troop.
Credit Andrea Wright / Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

A federal judge has criticized conditions for elephants at both the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and the Oklahoma City zoo but he refused to block the transfer of two Seattle elephants to Oklahoma.

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