The Two-Way
6:27 am
Wed April 8, 2015

South Carolina Police Officer Charged With Murder After Shooting Man In Back

Michael Slager, a North Charleston, S.C., police officer, has been charged with murder in the killing of a black man who was running away from him.
Charleston County Sheriff's Office

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:30 pm

A white police officer who shot and killed a black man after a traffic stop was charged with murder in North Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday.

The Post and Courier, a newspaper in Charleston, reports that officials said a video, which shows officer Michael Slager, 33, firing at 50-year-old Walter Scott as he fled, played a role in the decision.

The paper reports:

"Mayor Keith Summey added during a news conference that Slager's 'bad decision' prompted his arrest.

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Washington
5:44 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Following In Coburn's Footsteps, Oklahoma Congressman Releases 'Waste Watch' Report

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell during a Feb. 3 House Oversight and Government Reform hearing.
Congressman Steve Russell Facebook

New U.S. Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma City is taking a page out of former Sen. Tom Coburn's book when it comes to highlighting government spending.

The freshman Republican on Tuesday released what he's calling "Waste Watch," which documents what Russell calls excessive public spending. The document is similar to Coburn's annual "Wastebook" that highlighted lavish spending by public agencies.

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Oklahoma News
5:41 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

GOP Chairman Reince Priebus To Speak In OKC

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is the latest speaker to confirm his attendance at the upcoming Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
12:41 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

House Votes To Extend Quality Jobs Act To Egg Producers

State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw)
Credit Provided / Oklahoma House of Representatives

The Oklahoma House has narrowly passed legislation that would extend the state's Quality Jobs Act to chicken egg producers.

House members voted 51-43 on Tuesday for the Senate-passed measure.

Oklahoma's Quality Jobs Act provides cash incentives to companies that create jobs that have good salaries and benefits.

The bill's House author, Republican Rep. John Bennett of Sallisaw, says adding chicken egg producers to the program would encourage poultry companies to create new jobs and expand existing operations in and around his eastern Oklahoma district.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:48 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Oklahoma Oil Revenue Drops To Lowest Level In More Than A Dozen Years

Workers with Shebester-Bechtel at an American Energy Woodford rig site in Payne County, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Tax revenues from oil and natural gas production in March dropped to their lowest level since September 2002, a collapse that’s driving a slide in total revenues used to fund state government, new data show.

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It's All Politics
6:47 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Obama To Scott Walker: 'Bone Up On Foreign Policy'

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep, President Obama said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is advocating a "foolish approach" to Iran and that he should "bone up on foreign policy."
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 2:08 pm

This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. E.T.

Anyone who thinks President Obama will shy away from presidential politics in 2016, think again.

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Politics and Government
5:16 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Gov. Fallin Vetoes Transparency Bill

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Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation she says would burden state agencies with needless mandates.

Fallin issued the veto on Monday for legislation known as The Governor's Transparency Act of 2015. The bill was previously adopted by the state House and Senate.

The measure would require state agencies to provide legislative committees with copies of any memorandums of understanding entered into during the legislative session.

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Oklahoma News
4:38 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Senate Health Committee Passes Abortion Bill Requiring 72-Hour Wait Time

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Oklahoma would become the fourth state in the country to require women to wait 72 hours before receiving an abortion under a bill overwhelmingly approved by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 8-1 on Monday for the bill that increases the wait time from 24 to 72 hours after a woman receives required information about the procedure. It now heads to the full Senate.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:28 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Opponents Launch Ad-Attack To Keep ‘Right-to-Farm’ Off Ballot In Oklahoma

If passed by the Oklahoma legislature, the right-to-farm amendment to the state constitution wouldn’t appear on the ballot until November 2016. But the Humane Society of the United States is trying to kill the controversial issue in its crib.

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Weather and Climate
1:58 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Small Business Loans Available After Federal Disaster Declaration Denied For March 25 Tornadoes

A classroom at the damaged Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary School in Moore, that took a direct hit during the March 25 tornado.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated April 8, 7:31 a.m.: SBA loans available

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Oklahoma businesses and residents affected by the severe storms that raked parts of the state last month.

Tuesday's disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Canadian, Cleveland, Creek, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.

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