The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio Officially Announces He's Running For President

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addresses an event held by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in January 2014 in Washington.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:56 am

Updated at 6:35 p.m. EDT.

Florida senator Marco Rubio officially announced that he is running for president during a speech in Miami on Monday. He told prospective donors he was launching his candidacy earlier today.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:56 am
Mon April 13, 2015

OETA's Stateline Explores Cancer Research In Oklahoma

Cancer is a leading cause of death in Oklahoma, and in 2012, cancer treatment cost Oklahomans more than $713 million. And as death rates from cancer have been dropping rapidly in the US, the decline in Oklahoma has been less precipitous.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:53 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Turbine-Siting Bill Heads To Governor, Lawmakers And Wind Industry Near Deal On Tax Incentives

The Blue Canyon wind farm near Carnegie, Okla.
Joe Wertz KGOU

State legislators and wind industry representatives are close to a deal that would end two tax incentives and preserve a third, The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports:

Under the tentative agreement, a five-year property tax exemption for new wind farms would end after 2016, but a zero-emissions tax credit would remain in place. Another incentive that isn’t used much by wind developers, the investment tax credit, would end Jan. 1, 2017.

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Politics and Government
10:39 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Oklahoma Republicans Elect New Party Leader Despite Their Success

Credit Randy Brogdon / Facebook

The Oklahoma Republican Party ousted its chairman on Saturday despite the party's November election success in increasing its majority control of both chambers of the state Legislature, winning every statewide elected office, all five U.S. House and both U.S. Senate seats.

The party elected former state Sen. Randy Brogdon as its new chairman, replacing Dave Weston. Party spokeswoman Courtney Blossey said Brogdon defeated long-time GOP activist Pam Pollard in a runoff after Weston was earlier eliminated from the race.

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8:56 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Bacon Found Wrapped Around Edmond Mosque's Door Handles

Raw bacon left on a door handle at a mosque in Edmond Sunday morning.
Provided Council on American-Islamic Relations - Oklahoma Chapter

The Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic relations wants state and federal law enforcement to investigate after bacon strips were found wrapped on the door handles of an Edmond mosque.

Edmond police received a report Sunday morning about bacon being left in the parking lot and entrance of the Islamic Society of Edmond. Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products.

Police say more information about the incident will be released Monday.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
6:48 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Mental Health Issues Linger For Oklahoma City Bombing Survivors, Responders

Paul Heath, 80, stands in front of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. He was in his fifth floor office of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building the day of the explosion in 1995.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Paul Heath walks around the Oklahoma City National Memorial grounds, greeting visitors and making sure everyone has information about a self-guided tour.

Heath is a retired psychologist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His office was on the fifth floor of the Murrah Building when the bomb exploded. The floor collapsed two feet in front of him.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

It's Official: Hillary Clinton Announces Presidential Run

Hillary Clinton announces her candidacy.
Hillary Clinton campaign

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 3:26 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced today that she is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2016 election.

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Assignment: Radio
11:00 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Abandoning Politics For Software, University Of Oklahoma Student Still Aspires To Help Others

Scott Wilson and Moses Lauder at a CircaTree meeting.
Credit Moses Lauder

22-year-old Scott Wilson's room is filled with graffiti art, martial arts metals and a giant bookcase of books from the Charisma Myth series to The Lord Of The Rings. He takes pride in his varied interests, and strives to master as many of them as he can. That Renaissance worldview carries over into his educational and professional life.

Wilson co-founded CircaTree, a business that helps connect programmers and app creators with customers who have specific needs. But he didn't always want to be an entrepreneur -  he started out in politics. 

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Assignment: Radio
10:30 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Assignment: Radio April 12, 2015

It's the next episode of the Spring 2015 season of Assignment: Radio. Lydia Theban, Pamela Ortega, East Central University's Caroline Harris and Hayley Thornton talk to a few fascinating people with interests from indigenous tribes to creating new apps and taking on the Digital World.  


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8:33 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Obama, Castro Meet In 'Spirit Of Openness'

President Barack Obama smiles as he looks over towards Cuban President Raul Castro during their meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama on Saturday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 10:01 am

President Obama says when it comes to Cuba, "the United States will not be imprisoned by the past."

Obama met for about an hour on Saturday with Cuban President Raul Castro. It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two countries' leaders in more than half a century.

When the sit-down finally happened — after months of behind-the-scenes negotiation — even the leaders seemed surprised.

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