WASHINGTON - Forty-four members of the Senate Democratic caucus have penned a letter to President Donald Trump signaling they are open to working with him on health care - but not before he ends his effort to attack the Affordable Care Act.
Rehabilitation is a standard practice after any major surgery, but a team of University of Oklahoma health professionals and researchers are exploring the benefits of what they are calling "prehabilitation."
The pat-down of a boy at a Texas airport by a TSA officer outraged his mother and thousands of people who viewed the incident online. Here are other incidents that caused outrage and raised questions.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying in the House investigation of possible links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's campaign, according to letters provided to The Washington Post. The effort to keep Yates from testifying has further angered Democrats, who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s notion of getting moderate Democrats to join with majority Republicans to help him win approval of health care legislation faces longshot odds, representatives of both parties said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON - Congress sent proposed legislation to President Donald Trump on Tuesday that wipes away landmark online privacy protections, the first salvo in what is likely to become a significant reworking of the rules governing Internet access in an era of Republican dominance.
SANDY HOOK, Ky. –– In a $1.6 million verdict, a jury ruled in favor of four women who said they were sexually harassed by a male supervisor while working as guards at a state prison for men in northeastern Kentucky.
WASHINGTON - A government watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, has agreed to review the costs and security precautions associated with President Donald Trump's travel and stays at Mar-a-Lago after a request for inquiry from leading Democrats on Capitol Hill.
As the spring severe storm season ramps up across the Midwest, an electric utility provider in Oklahoma is turning to drone technology in an effort to reduce the length of power outages following bad weather.
Michigan and the city of Flint have agreed to spend the next several years replacing roughly 18,000 aging underground pipes as part of a far-reaching legal settlement over the city's ongoing crisis involving lead-tainted water.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Many Oklahomans living outside the state’s largest metropolitan areas may soon find themselves driving up to 100 miles to apply for a driver’s license.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee acknowledged Monday that he had made a secret visit to the White House last week to view intelligence files he then cited as proof of potentially improper spying activity against President Donald Trump, casting new doubt on the independence of a congressional investigation into Russian election interference.
HAVERHILL, Mass. — The son of the local city council president charged with rape received permission Monday from a juvenile court judge to visit two out-of-state colleges for orientation sessions even though he has yet to be tried.
On the surface, unlimited vacation might seem like a radical idea. Only 1 to 2 percent of companies in corporate America offer the benefit, according to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management. Leaders at many companies that have adopted the policy praise the perk as a way of lifting morale among workers and purging the liabilities of paying for accrued vacation time. But others caution that it’s not for everyone.
RUSSELL, Ky. — A curious child in Kentucky who couldn’t resist opening a dusty wooden box is responsible, with a little help from his teacher, for reuniting a collection of vintage pictures and letters with a member of the family that left it behind.
WASHINGTON - "Where's Jordan?" asked Vice President Mike Pence as he walked into the White House meeting of terminally ill patients and their families. All eyes shifted, and Pence made a beeline for a 7-year-old boy from Indianapolis with a broad grin.
If an overhyped vegetable existed before marketers coined the term superfood - and long before Oprah Winfrey chatted up acai berries with Dr. Oz - look no further than spinach.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises - such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction - by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.
President Donald Trump cast blame Sunday for the collapse of his effort to overhaul the health-care system on conservative interest groups and far-right Republican lawmakers, shifting culpability to his own party after initially faulting Democratic intransigence.
Last year's earthshaking election brought new attention to rural America. This attention is overdue - rural America has long been largely ignored by reporters, researchers and policymakers - and much of it is useful, as this increasingly urban-centric country tries to understand and reconnect with those living far from cities.But so far, the narrative emerging about rural America has been woefully incomplete, because so much of the media coverage has focused on only one slice of it: rural white America. Some stories are clear about their scope: Their authors have intentionally chosen a particular geographic and racial population to explore and explain. Others are less obvious in their focus, though details - region of the country or photographs - soon make explicit what is merely implied or assumed. Either way, though, a particular racial narrative is being told.There's another rural America that exists beyond this rural white America. Nearly 10.3 million people, about one-fifth of rural residents, are people of color. Of this population, about 40 percent are African-American, 35 percent are nonwhite Hispanic, and the remaining 25 percent are Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander or multiracial. And this rural America is expected to grow in the coming decades, as rural areas see a rapid increase in Latino immigration.This rural America, much like rural white America, can be found from coast to coast. But these rural Americans tend to live in different places from rural whites: across the Mississippi Delta and the Deep South; throughout the Rio Grande Valley; on reservations and native lands in the Southwest, Great Plains and Northwest.This rural America has a different history from rural white America: a history of forced migration, enslavement and conquest. This rural America receives even lower pay and fewer protections for its labor than does rural white America. And, as my own research shows, this rural America attends very different schools than rural white America, schools that receive far less funding and other resources.In fact, the relationship between rural white communities and rural communities of color is much like the relationship between urban white communities and urban communities of color: separate and unequal.And it also appears that these rural Americans vote for different candidates than rural whites. A look at county-level voting and demographic data suggests that this rural America voted for Hillary Clinton.In defining rural white America as rural America, pundits, academics and lawmakers are perpetuating an incomplete and simplistic story about the many people who make up rural America and what they want and need. Ironically, this story - so often told by liberals trying to explain the recent rise in undisguised nativism and xenophobia - serves to re-privilege whiteness. Whiteness is assumed; other races are shoved even further to the margins.The erasure of rural communities of color has other, more immediate risks, too. As community and service organizations rush to temper the effects of recent immigration and voter-ID policies, they may focus on urban areas and overlook the rural populations - immigrants, refugees and black communities - also affected by this legislation. And as hopeful progressives market themselves in the run-up to midterm elections, they risk alienating their rural supporters: rural communities of color.Interest in rural America is welcome. But we need to make sure it is complete and inclusive - and genuine. We need to press the media for more balanced, more representative coverage of rural places and people. We need to push our politicians for legislation and programs that support rural communities of color. And we need to organize, building political coalitions that bridge lines of race and geography. - - -Tieken is an assistant professor of education at Bates College and author of "Why Rural Schools Matter."
“Nothing is so beautiful as Spring,” exulted Gerard Manley Hopkins, a big fan of the season. He has plenty of company. The season of rebirth somehow manages to surprise and delight poets and just folks every year when it arrives.
WASHINGTON – Shortly after Republican leaders pulled the vote on their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, House Speaker Paul Ryan lamented that “moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains and well, we’re feeling those pains today.”
ATLANTA – A complex plan to connect investors with rural businesses striving to grow has run into resistance from some lawmakers wary of the potential cost to the state.
ALBANY -- Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are divided on several major issues in the drive for an on-time state budget, though an agreement is emerging for a $47 million infusion to boost the pay of direct-care aides for developmentally disabled people.
WASHINGTON - In the eyes of former President Barack Obama's Justice Department, private prisons were a sort-of necessary evil - less safe and effective than facilities run by the government, but needed because of the volume of inmates in the federal system. When Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates ordered them to be phased out in favor of government-run facilities last year, she said she was able to do so only because the inmate population had declined, thanks to sentencing reform and other measures to keep people from serving long prison terms.
KOKOMO, In. – On Monday evening, hundreds of balloons were sent skyward at the Albright Cemetery in Indiana, to honor fallen Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Koontz. Attached to the balloons were short notes, each one containing an address and asking for return letters to Koontz’s young son, Noah Koontz.
After more than 8 years of political haggling over both its future and its benefits, the Keystone XL oil pipeline running from Canada to America's heartland has been approved by President Donald Trump.
Water temperatures at the surface of the Gulf of Mexico and near south Florida are on fire. They spurred a historically warm winter from Houston to Miami and could fuel intense thunderstorms in the spring from the South to the Plains.
A man with a tri-county record sentenced to a 200-year life sentence in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) was found Wednesday unresponsive in his cell.
Thursday was supposed to be a glorious anniversary for President Donald Trump and the Republicans. Seven years after former president Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Republicans were poised to take the first concrete step toward repealing and replacing that law. Instead, Thursday produced an embarrassing setback that left the way forward far from certain.
WASHINGTON – Sonny Perdue, agriculture secretary-designate, was urged Thursday to mitigate the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown so American farmers can continue to depend on foreign workers to harvest produce and other food staples.
Telling others during our travels that we are from Georgia often results in someone mentioning they experienced an enjoyable visit to Savannah, Jekyll Island or St. Simons Island. These are trendy Georgia tourist destinations and all three could easily be visited during a single trip along Georgia’s 100-mile Atlantic coastline.
WACO, Ky. — Amid a sea of small sneakers and colorful backpacks, Joy’s four furry paws and swishing fluffy tail stood out while padding through the hallways of a Central Kentucky elementary school Wednesday morning.
Nearly a decade after the recession, population migration in the U.S. is reverting back to traditional patterns, with the Northeast and Midwest losing people and the South and West gaining people, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Bobby Brooks, a junior at Texas A&M, made history this month when he was elected as the university's first openly gay student body president.
ASHLAND, Ky. — There’s an anecdote Fred Gross relates whenever he tells the story of his family’s harrowing escape from Nazi pursuit in the early days of the Holocaust.
LONDON - The lone attacker who carried out a deadly rampage in central London was a British-born man once investigated for possible extremist links, but was "not part of the current intelligence picture," Britain's prime minister said Thursday.
WASHINGTON - The Republican health-care overhaul spearheaded by House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.) and backed by President Donald Trump hung in the balance Wednesday, as the White House signaled at the 11th hour a willingness to rework the measure to mollify conservatives.
Of all the federal agencies created by Congress, one of the true success stories is the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which grew out of a bipartisan effort in 1977.
Although it is difficult to get exact numbers, some estimates show Immigration and Customs Enforcement home raids have never resulted in more than 30,000 apprehensions in any given year. At that rate, it could take 366 years for immigration agents to remove all 11 million undocumented migrants using home raids.
WASHINGTON -- "Mend it, don't end it" was Bill Clinton's rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like "mend it, don't end it."