The Two-Way
6:12 am
Thu April 3, 2014

'We Do Not Expect Any More Fatalities,' Doctor Says Of Fort Hood Victims

Sgt. First Class Erick Rodriguez stood guard at the entrance to Fort Hood as officials prepared to brief the news media about Wednesday's attack at the post.
Erich Schlegel Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 7:37 pm

On the day after a deadly shooting incident on the grounds of Fort Hood, Texas, in which a gunman killed at least three people, wounded 16 and then reportedly killed himself, there was this welcome news:

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died after struggle with police
5:01 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Death Outside Theater Ruled A Homicide

Credit City Of Moore

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has classified the death of a man who died after a struggle with police outside a movie theater as a homicide.

But Amy Elliott with the Chief Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday the injuries 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez suffered in February outside a Moore theater were not sufficient by themselves to cause his death.

Elliott says Rodriguez died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint and an underlying heart condition.

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Food Supplier started in Oklahoma
4:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

USDA Recalls Frozen Chicken Products From AdvancePierre

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A food supplier with operations in Oklahoma is recalling more than 8,700 pounds of frozen chicken products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the products from AdvancePierre Foods were formulated with milk and soy, which are not declared on the label.

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Education Funding
1:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Senate Panel Approves Diverting Road And Bridge Funding To Schools

Credit Terrapin Flyer / Flickr Creative Commons

A plan to divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years has passed a Senate committee, despite concerns the proposal will tie the hands of future legislators.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-3 on Wednesday for the bill by state Sen. Jim Halligan (R-Stillwater). It now goes to the full Senate before returning to the House for consideration.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

People wait in line for the beginning of the 2013-2014 Supreme Court term in Washington on Oct. 7. The court heard the first major case on campaign contribution limits since 2010's landmark Citizens United.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:34 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down an overall cap on the amount that large campaign donors can give to parties and candidates in a two-year election cycle.

In a 5-4 decision split between conservatives and liberals on the high court, the court said the limits were a violation of the First Amendment.

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Same-Sex Marriage
12:33 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Oklahoma Lawyers: Marriage Is For Procreation Potential

Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith
Credit Provided / Tulsa County

Lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk who refused to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple say marriage exists for its procreative potential and that the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.

The argument came in a brief filed Tuesday by lawyers for Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith. Oral arguments are scheduled for later this month in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:46 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Why Small Solar And Wind Generators Are Worried About Surcharge Legislation

A wind turbine near Calumet, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Solar panel and wind turbine technology is improving rapidly, and many small-scale customers are excited by the potential to generate electricity and sell it — outright, or for credit — back to the grid.

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Severe Storms
9:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Severe Storms Forecast For Oklahoma Tuesday

A few severe thunderstorms are possible mainly between 4-10 p.m. Tuesday. Very large hail will be the main hazard, though damaging winds and tornadoes may also occur.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Oklahomans are facing their first significant risk for tornadoes of the spring storm season. The National Weather Service says the potential for severe thunderstorms increases Tuesday afternoon. If storms develop they are likely to be severe.

While the storms will be fairly isolated, forecasters say conditions for severe weather will become more favorable through the day. What the weather service calls “significant severe storms” are possible mainly between 4-10 p.m.

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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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