Attorney gathering signatures on petition
5:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Opposition To Mandatory Minimum Wage Law

Credit Office Of The Governor

Organizers seeking a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma are upset with Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities in the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.

Attorney David Slane said Tuesday that the new law threatens an effort to raise Oklahoma City's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Slane wrote the initiative petition for Oklahoma City.

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Restricts Use of Abortion-inducing drugs
3:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Abortion Drug Bill Passes The Senate Easily

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A bill that would restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily passed the state Senate.

The Senate voted 37-5 Tuesday for the bill that was written in direct response to a state Supreme Court decision that tossed a similar measure approved by the Legislature in 2011.

The bill would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer the drugs only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol.

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Ouachita Streambed Salamander
2:55 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Species Discovered By Oklahoma Student

Credit Dr. Ronald M. Bonett

A salamander first discovered by a University of Tulsa doctoral student in 2011 is being hailed as a new species in an international journal for animal taxonomy.

Doctoral student Michael Steffen and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Herpetologist Kelly Irwin discovered the new species in May 2011 while studying genetic diversity of other salamanders in Lake Catherine State Park near Hot Springs, Ark.

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The Two-Way
12:41 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps

Mailing your taxes in just before midnight: That's so 2002.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:42 pm

One of the least imaginative, but always popular, stories for an editor to assign in years past was the annual Tax Day frenzy at the local post office.

Younger Two-Way readers may not know this, but before e-filing was the thing to do, many procrastinators would wait until the last possible moment to finish their federal tax returns. And many post offices would keep staff on hand until midnight so that those returns could be postmarked before April 15 turned into April 16.

Now?

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The Two-Way
9:55 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated]

A Boston Police honor guard is posted outside the Forum restaurant Tuesday, the site of the second of two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:56 pm

On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred one year ago.

In and around Boston, people are also looking back on a year of healing. The day's events culminated in a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion. Vice President Joe Biden joined other officials in a tribute near the race's finish line.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters

One of the pro-Russia protesters who have taken over the police headquarters in Slovyansk, Ukraine, watched from the barricades on Tuesday. Ukrainian authorities said special forces were beginning an operation against the demonstrators.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 1:26 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from Donetsk, Ukraine

Ukraine's acting president says his nation's military has begun "an anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pushing armed pro-Russia demonstrators out of the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they have occupied for several days.

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The Two-Way
5:44 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon'

The "blood moon" as seen from Koreatown, west of Los Angeles, early Tuesday. The next total eclipse of the moon comes on Oct. 8.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 8:34 am

There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.

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No need for campaigns
6:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

58 Automatically Win Due To No Opposition

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With the candidate fields set, campaigns for state House and Senate seats across Oklahoma are ramping up, but half of the state House and nearly one-third of the state Senate members can mothball their campaigns for another cycle.

A total of 57 legislators, and a Claremore man who filed for a legislative seat, were officially elected to their posts without an election challenge after the three-day filing period ended last Friday.

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Sex offender laws need to be continually updated
6:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Vote To Ban Sex Offenders From State Parks

Credit Doug Wertman / Flickr.com

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted to prohibit habitual or aggravated sex offenders from entering a neighborhood, town, county or state park.

The House voted 93-1 Monday for the bill that bans individuals who have committed a crime against a child or individuals who have committed more than one sex crime from entering the parks. Republican Rep. Josh Cockroft of Wanette said the bill stems from uncertainty over whether or not state parks are included in a current ban.

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Accessory after the fact
4:43 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Fourth Person Charged In Death Of Australian Baseball Player

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A fourth person is charged in the death of an Australian baseball player in southern Oklahoma.

The Stephens County District Attorney's Office tells The Associated Press that 22-year-old Oddesse Barnes, of Duncan, is charged with accessory after murder in the death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane, of Melbourne.

Lane was jogging in Duncan last August when he was shot and killed.

Two teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder.

Barnes was arraigned Monday and entered a not guilty plea.

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