Host John Schumann speaks with Leslie Kernisan, a geriatrician in San Francisco and author of the "GeriTech" blog. Gary Schwitzer of HealthNewsReview.org reviews the week's health news, and we hear an essay from Janet Pearson about the experience of enrolling her husband in Medicare.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Health says two more people have died from the flu during the past week, adding to the record number of influenza-related deaths in the state.
The agency says a total of 53 people have died due to the virus during the flu season that started in late September. The previous record of 46 flu-related deaths in 2009, the year that Oklahoma health officials began tracking the statistic, was broken two weeks ago.
Hauling people in the back of a pick-up is not illegal in Oklahoma. However, a Muskogee State Senator says it should be.
The Oklahoma Senate today voted down a bill that would have made it illegal for people to ride in the back of a pick-up. The measure was from Muskogee Democrat Earl Garrison.
He says 28,000 people die from falling out of moving trucks in the U.S. Garrison says seat belts are required to ride in the cab of a truck, but, for some reason, it is okay to ride-- unsecured--in the pick-up’s bed.
Authorities in Jenks are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide. A mother and her three year-old daughter are dead, a five year-old son is hospitalized.
The discovery was made late yesterday afternoon. Undergoing a custody fight, the mother apparently gathered the children into the garage and started the family car. The mother are girl was found dead at the scene. The boy was taken to St-Francis Medical Center.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma group that supports a set of education standards known Common Core is delivering a petition to state legislators signed by more than 7,000 Oklahomans who support the standards.
The Expect More OK! Coalition delivered the online petition to lawmakers Wednesday.
Common Core standards have been adopted in 45 states, including Oklahoma in 2010, and include basic requirements for students in math and English.
Hearings on Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban lawsuit are set for mid-April in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, but several groups are weighing in now.
More than a dozen friend of the court briefs were filed Tuesday before a midnight deadline, most of them supporting same-sex marriage. Filers included Republicans who were former opponents and a coalition of businesses including Google and Starbucks.
On this installment of our show, an interesting discussion with someone who's made a successful career of combining --- of all things --- music and geology. TU's Department of Geosciences has invited Dr. Jeffrey Nytch to appear at a few different on-campus events this week; Dr. Nytch, who will speak to music as well as geology students, is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado of Boulder, where he's also the director of that university's Entrepreneurship Center for Music. Thus he'll be speaking today (Wednesday the 5th) at noon at the University of Tulsa's Keplinger Hall.