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Politics
4:29 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Senate Expected To Approve Sebelius Replacement At HHS

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:40 am

The Senate votes Thursday on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Health and Human Services Secretary, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell was running the Office of Management and Budget.

Politics
4:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Senators Get Background Briefing On Sgt. Bergdahl's Release

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:40 am

With criticism mounting on Capitol Hill of a prisoner swap that traded 5 jailed Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, some military, intelligence and diplomatic officials briefed senators.

StateImpact Oklahoma
6:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Norman Narrows Its Options For How To Have Enough Water in 2060

A water tower in Norman, Okla.
Credit Melissa Megginson / Flickr Creative Commons

At a public meeting on Tuesday, residents in Norman — where the water system is stressed due to population growth and age, and drought has taken a toll on already troubled Lake Thunderbird — heard about the city’s two options for water sustainability through 2060.

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no cashing in unused leave for state workers
6:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Governor Fallin Vetoes Five Bills

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr.com

Governor Mary Fallin has vetoed five bills, including one that would have allowed state workers to cash in their unused leave.

Fallin delivered the vetoes late Wednesday. She signed two other measures into law.

In her veto message, Fallin said annual leave encourages a healthy work-life balance and that the bill "transforms leave time into a commodity."

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It's All Politics
5:56 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Is Clinton Distancing Herself From Obama? Maybe Not

Hillary Clinton works a rope line at Intertech Plastics in Denver on Monday.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 7:05 pm

Is Hillary Clinton distancing herself from the Obama administration in preparation for a 2016 presidential run?

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

In Mississippi, A Heated Senate Primary Spills Into Runoff

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:18 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A bitterly fought Republican Senate primary in Mississippi is heading for overtime. After yesterday's voting, longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is trailing his Tea Party backed challenger, State Sen. Chris McDaniel. The race appears headed for a runoff in three weeks. NPR's Debbie Elliott has been covering the contest and joins us now from Jackson, Mississippi. Hi, Debbie.

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, BYLINE: Hi, Robert.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

After State Lawmaker Comes Out, Campaign Becomes Battle Of Write-ins

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:18 pm

How much does sexual orientation matter to voters in rural Pennsylvania? Incumbent Mike Fleck, who was re-elected three times before he came out as gay in 2012, lost the Republican state house primary to a write-in candidate. But he's not out of the race yet: He won as a write-in on the Democratic ballot instead.

Politics
3:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 6:18 pm

Everything the Obama administration touches seems to set off a political firestorm. The latest involves Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the prisoner exchange that led to his release by the Taliban.

The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

NRA Retracts Statement Calling Open Carry Rallies 'Downright Weird'

Kory Watkins, a coordinator for Open Carry Tarrant County, and his wife, Janie, gather for a demonstration in Haltom City, Texas. The NRA posted a statement calling this kind of open carry rally counterproductive; on Tuesday, it retracted the statement.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 2:35 pm

A few days after posting a criticism of "open carry" rallies, the National Rifle Association says the statement reflected a staffer's opinion, not the stance of the organization, reports member station KERA.

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Native American
11:39 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Deadline Set For Backers Of Unfinished Oklahoma Indian Museum

American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

Private donors have given backers of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum until the end of the month to come up with a plan to keep the project alive.

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