Science, Technology and Environment
5:21 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Could A Cross-Country Pipeline Solve The West's Water Shortage?

Floodwaters from the Mississippi River flood Clarksville, MO in 2008. One idea for solving the West's water shortage is to pump water from the flooding Mississippi to drought-stricken areas. (

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 2:38 pm

One answer to the West’s drought problems is building a pipeline to divert excess Mississippi River floodwater out to the West. It’s been proposed, but it’s also never been built. Cost is one objection.

Pat Mulroy, former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority has proposed an east-west water pipeline, but the idea hasn’t taken hold.

She joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the idea.

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Oklahoma News
5:15 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Cherokee Nation Executive Urges Funds For Indian Housing

Gary Cooper

A Cherokee Nation executive is urging Congress to reauthorize funding for Native American housing.

Gary Cooper, representing the National American Indian Housing Council, said Thursday the funding has given the Cherokees flexibility to restart a dormant housing program that has since built 120 homes for its citizens since 2012. The Tahlequah-based tribe also says 220 homes are under construction.

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Orders Reduction In Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Obama on Thursday signs an executive order directing the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 3:44 pm

President Obama signed an executive order at the White House on Thursday directing the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.

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12:43 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Record Breaking Flu Season Brings Death Toll Over 100

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A record-breaking flu season in Oklahoma has brought the state's death total to more than 100.

The Oklahoma Department of Health reported Thursday that three new deaths were recorded during the past week due to flu. The previous record of 72 deaths set last year was broken in February.

Health officials say more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized in the state due to flu since the season began Sept. 28.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Local Officials Raise New Questions As Anti-Frack Ban Legislation Makes Progress

Volunteers watching the polls in November 2014 in Denton, Texas, before voters approved a citywide ban on hydraulic fracturing.
Photomancer Flickr

As legislation written to prevent counties and municipalities from banning hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas activities advances through the Oklahoma House and Senate, some city leaders and their advocates say the measures go too far and could have unintended consequences.

'Mess In Texas'

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Oklahoma News
5:56 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Begins Process Of Removing Principal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has filed paperwork to formally remove the tribe's principal chief.

The Tulsa World reports that the tribe's Election Board filed a petition Tuesday to remove Chief George Tiger from his position in the wake of revelations that Tiger signed a secret contract with a developer of a casino that would have competed with Creek Nation's casino in Tulsa.

Tiger says he did nothing wrong because he signed the contract before he became chief.

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It's All Politics
5:52 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Bad Blood Gets Worse Between Barack, Bibi And Israel

President Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in 2013. The two have never had a warm and fuzzy relationship.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:22 pm

The U.S.-Israeli relationship was one of the issues in the Israeli elections — in particular Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's poisonous personal relationship with President Obama.

Now, with Netanyahu's return to power, that relationship doesn't look like it will be improving anytime soon.

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Oklahoma News
4:51 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Counselor Sentenced In Medicaid Fraud Case

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The operator of an Oklahoma mental health care facility has been sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly billing fraudulent claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office announced the sentence Wednesday for John Michael Doneti, a licensed professional counselor who ran Central Oklahoma Behavioral Health Services, LLC. Doneti was also sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $194,000 in restitution.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon
4:02 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

SAE Announces Steps To Tackle Racism Within Fraternity

The exterior of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the University of Oklahoma campus, shortly before the letters were removed from the building March 9, 2015.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KGOU

The executive director of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national office announced plans Wednesday morning to combat racism and insensitivity within the fraternity at a press conference in Chicago.

Those steps include the hiring of an executive director of diversity and inclusion, a mandatory online diversity and education program for all SAE members and staff,  a national advisory committee on diversity and inclusion, and establishment of a confidential hotline to report offensive, inappropriate or illegal behavior.

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Shots - Health News
3:42 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Teens Say They Change Clothes And Do Homework While Driving

Hey, I'm not texting. Surely this is safe.

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:08 pm

While most teenagers recognize that texting while driving is a bad idea, they may be less clear about the risk of other activities – like changing clothes.

Twenty-seven percent of teens say they sometimes change clothes and shoes while driving, a study finds. They also reported that they often change contact lenses, put on makeup and do homework behind the wheel.

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