Politics and Government

Execution rescheduled to Nov. 13
5:15 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Death Row Inmate Gets Six-Month Stay Of Execution

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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection.

The court on Thursday reset the execution date of inmate Charles Warner to Nov. 13.

Warner's attorneys requested the six-month delay, and the state's attorney general said Thursday in a court filing he wouldn't object to the stay.

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dealt with federal gun regulations
4:09 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Senate And House Override Fallin's Veto

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The Oklahoma Senate has voted to override Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a House bill dealing with federal gun regulations.

The Senate voted 39-0 Thursday to override. The House voted 86-3 on April 30 for the veto override and the bill now becomes law without the governor's signature.

The bill requires law enforcement authorities to certify within 15 days that a firearm applicant is eligible to receive it under federal regulations.

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Shots - Health News
3:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Mental Health 101: Program Helps Police Intervene In Crises

A police officer stands outside the entrance to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 15, 2012.
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Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 7:24 pm

How do you tell the difference between someone who needs to be taken to jail and someone who needs to be taken to the hospital? It can be a delicate situation to decipher, and it's been a big concern in Connecticut since the Newtown shootings of 2012.

Lance Newkirchen, a regular patrol officer in the town of Fairfield, is also specifically trained to respond to mental health calls. On a recent weekday, he headed out in his patrol car for a follow-up call.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Keystone Pipeline Dispute Muddles The Path Forward On Energy Bill

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:29 am

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The fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline has stalled progress on an unrelated bill in the U.S. Senate. Republicans want to attach a series of amendments, including approval for the pipeline to a bill about energy efficiency. But Democratic leader Harry Reid says the Keystone vote ought to be separate. And as NPR's Jeff Brady reports, the disagreement leaves the energy efficiency bill in limbo.

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Parallels
2:32 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ...

Rwandan President Paul Kagame takes part in a conference on the role of women at the nation's Parliament in the capital, Kigali, in 2010. Women in Rwanda account for 64 percent of the lower house of Parliament — a higher percentage than in any other country.
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Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 6:49 pm

As Rwanda began to rebuild itself from the ashes of the 1994 genocide, something unexpected happened: Women began playing a much more influential role on many fronts, including politics.

Traditions that had limited women previously were cast aside, and President Paul Kagame also actively pushed for women to be in more prominent positions.

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Congress Votes To Subpoena VA Chief Shinseki

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 2:37 pm

A House committee on Thursday voted to issue a subpoena to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki over allegations of delays at VA hospitals that may have caused as many as 40 deaths of patients waiting for care.

In addition to calling Shinseki to testify, lawmakers also subpoenaed records from a Phoenix VA hospital that allegedly maintained an alternate wait list showing that patients waited only a few weeks for treatment when in fact some waited more than a year.

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Movies
1:59 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Arab Activists Who Refuse To Bow To The Giant

A protest during the Arab Spring
We Are The Giant

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

The Interesting Bits From Monica Lewinsky's 'Vanity Fair' Article

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky meets President Clinton at the White House on Dec. 16, 1996. Lewinsky, whose affair with Clinton eventually led to his impeachment, has written an article in Vanity Fair in which she talks about her life after the scandal.
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Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 7:01 pm

The story you thought was long over is back: Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with President Clinton eventually led to his impeachment and made her the object of punch lines and scorn, has written an article in Vanity Fair in which she says, "It's time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress."

Lewinsky, who was 21 at the time of the affair, is now 40. She writes that it's "time to stop "tiptoeing around my past — and other people's futures."

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Politics and Government
9:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Entire Oklahoma House Delegation Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt

Lois Lerner testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee March 5, 2014. An inspector general's report blamed poor management but found no evidence of a political conspiracy. Many Republicans in Congress believe otherwise.
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All five members of Oklahoma's House delegation voted with their Republican colleagues to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.

Lois Lerner directed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. A year ago, she publicly disclosed that agents had improperly singled out tea party applications for extra, sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

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Politics
8:54 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Bipartisan Bill Would Stop NSA's Bulk Phone Data Collection

The White House and members of Congress agree that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone logs, disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has to end.

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