Abortion
9:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

House Panel Approves Bill To Change Oklahoma Abortion Provider Regulations

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 An Oklahoma House committee has approved legislation to require the state Board of Health to establish standards for abortion providers and clinics, including standards for equipment and supplies that might be needed in a medical emergency.

The House Public Health Committee approved the Senate-passed measure by a 7-4 vote Tuesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Job Growth Picked Up Some Speed In March, Survey Signals

Kiara Crawford, Brittney Winkler and Jessyca Freeman (left to right) were among those applying for work last month at a job fair in Washington, D.C. Early data from that month signal that job growth may have gained some speed.
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The first slice of data about job growth in March offers some hope that the U.S. labor market gained some strength:

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Tense Hours, Then Sighs Of Relief After Huge Quake Off Chile

Scared residents hug in the hallway of an apartment building Tuesday after Iquique, Chile, was rocked by a strong earthquake.
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Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:32 pm

The extent of the damage isn't yet clear and the six deaths reported so far may be followed by news of other fatalities.

But on the morning after a massive, 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern Chile there are sighs of relief there and in neighboring Peru.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Book News: 'Socks, I've Worn A Few?' Flea Is Writing A Memoir

Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, during the group's performance at this year's Super Bowl. He's going to write a memoir.
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Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 6:47 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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new combination of drugs will be injected
6:14 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Oklahoma Will Carry Out Executions

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Ten days after increasing the number of ways in which Oklahoma can carry out executions, lawyers for the state say they'll execute two men this month with a combination of drugs never used in the state.

Lawyers for the state and for inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner said Tuesday the executioner will inject the men with the sedative midazolam, plus pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, which paralyzes victims and stops the heart.

Lockett and Warner had sued to learn more about the drugs and a judge ruled last week they had a right to know.

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Standards will be set by State Board of Education
4:59 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Common Core Repealed By Oklahoma Senate

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The Oklahoma Senate has voted to repeal a set of education standards for math and English that more than 40 states have adopted and replace them with new ones that will be developed by the State Board of Education.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-10 on Tuesday for the bill repealing the standards over the objections of some Democrats who argued it is a political decision to roll back Common Core, which has faced fierce resistance from grassroots conservative groups.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:07 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

To Frack Wells In Norman, Driller Buys City Drinking Water Right From The Hydrant

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For a fee, most municipalities will give contractors and other industrial users a special water meter and temporary access to a city fire hydrant. The meters and hydrant access are often used for construction sites, and the buyer usually pays a higher per-gallon water rate for the high-flow access.

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State Capitol
1:47 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Personal, Corporate Income Tax Cuts Pass Oklahoma Senate Panel

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A plan to cut Oklahoma's corporate and individual income tax rates once certain revenue triggers are reached has passed a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-2 on Tuesday for the House bill by Bartlesville Republican Rep. Earl Sears.

The House and Senate each have separate proposals to reduce the state's individual income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent, once certain revenue triggers are reached.

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Assignment: Radio
12:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

What It Means To "Keep It Local"

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Customers have more choice than ever, with national retailers, local stores, and now internet shopping. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins examines the effects of local shopping in Norman.

The “shop local” movement has gained momentum the last few years. But beyond the hype, past the fad – does shopping local really matter?

Bryce Bandy:  Up to three times as much of the money stays in your community when you spend it with a local and independent business, as opposed to a big box or a franchise.

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Storm Shelters
11:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

High Court Upholds Oklahoma School Shelter Ballot

Petitions are completed in December for the Take Shelter Oklahoma organization. The group needs roughly 155,000 signatures to place the state question on the November ballot.
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a ballot title written by the attorney general's office for an initiative to place storm shelters in Oklahoma public schools is legally correct but gave proponents more time to gather signatures to place the measure on the ballot.

The high court ruled Tuesday that proponents of the initiative petition, State Question 767, have 90 days to collect the signatures needed to get the measure on the election ballot. Supporters need the signatures of about 155,000 registered voters to get on the ballot.

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