Intelligence Squared U.S.
11:12 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Debate: Does Income Inequality Impair The American Dream?

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, with Elise Gould, argues that a robust economy relies on large numbers of innovators and affluent consumers — and that too much inequality prevents too many Americans from joining those groups.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:32 pm

Income inequality has been on the rise in the U.S. for decades. The top 1 percent of earners in the U.S. now holds a much greater share of national income than three decades ago. At the same time, incomes for the bottom half of American households have remained virtually flat.

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Oklahoma News
9:23 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Norman Students To Protest High School's Response To Bullying And Rape Allegations

Norman High School students shortly before addressing the media Thursday ahead of Monday's planned walkout protest.
Graham Lee Brewer Twitter

Administrators and faculty at Norman High School are preparing for a protest by students upset with the handling of rape allegations.

Scott Beck, principal of Norman High School, said in a letter to parents that sexual assault victims' advocates were organizing the Monday protest after an alleged rape involving two students that occurred off campus two months ago.

Beck said in the letter the school "took the strongest disciplinary action against the alleged assailant" and the Norman Police Department was investigating.

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Politics and Government
8:32 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Democrats Call For Budget Rewrite After AG Opinions

Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City)
Credit Oklahoma House Democrats / YouTube

The Democratic leader in the Oklahoma House says this year's state-appropriated budget needs to be rewritten in light of recent opinions from the attorney general that the Legislature's decision to tap certain state accounts violated of the Oklahoma Constitution.

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Energy
8:26 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2 billion Each Year

A wind farm in Ellis County in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A trade association says wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.

The Oklahoman reports that the American Wind Energy Association analyzed hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool in 2013 and calculated when wind turbines were used to generate electricity.

The pool operates the electric grid and plans transmission for 6.2 million households in parts of nine states.

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Education
8:12 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Oklahoma City Public Schools Forfeits Restricted Federal Funds

Credit Kate Ter Haar / Flickr

The Oklahoma City school district has forfeited more than $3.5 million in federal funds for disadvantaged students by not spending the money in time.

State Department of Education officials said Friday that the district lost its unused Title I funds for the 2014 fiscal year because it didn't have a waiver required to carry the surplus forward. Title I funds pay for professional development and supplemental materials needed to improve reading and math proficiency among low-income students.

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Indian Times
6:36 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Oklahoma Historical Society Collaborates With Ancestry.com To Make Archives Available To Public

Debra Spindle
Credit Susan Shannon

The Oklahoma Historical Society houses thousands of records on early Oklahomans, Indian and non-Indian. But OHS has lacked the means to digitize much of its records. That is until recently, when Ancestry.com approached OHS with an offer to collaborate.

“It was a good partnership because we do not have staff, nor time nor resources to digitize and index our records and we have a treasure trove of records in our files, on microfilm, lots of handwritten records that are difficult to access,” Debra Osborne Spindle said. “This will make them available.

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Race
11:54 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Ferguson Braces For Grand Jury Decision

Some businesses in Ferguson have boarded up their windows in anticipation of the grand jury announcement whether to criminally charge Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 2:52 pm

It's not certain that a grand jury decision in a Ferguson, Mo., case will be announced this weekend, but officials, protesters and city leaders have been preparing.

The grand jury, which will decide whether a white police officer who shot an unarmed black 18-year-old will face charges, met behind closed doors Friday. The city is bracing for what comes next.

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Navigation System Re-Opened
6:15 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

From China To Tulsa Port Of Catoosa By Water Possible Again

Credit K. Latham / Flickr.com

Shipping through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa rebounded last month after all locks on the navigation system re-opened to traffic after repairs were completed to a lock and dam complex.

Total October barge shipping through the port was 147,158 tons, bringing the 2014 cumulative total to more than 1.9 million tons.

Inbound steel increased by nearly 8,000 tons, nearly all of which was imported from Russia and China using water transportation the entire trip to Catoosa.

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Immigration
4:54 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

President Obama's Executive Action Could Help Thousands In Oklahoma

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Thousands of immigrants living illegally in Oklahoma could benefit from President Barack Obama's executive action aimed at sparing nearly 5 million people in the U.S. from being deported.

The action was hailed by Oklahoma human rights groups and criticized by Republican lawmakers, who called it an overreach of powers.

The Tulsa-based Dream Act Oklahoma estimated Friday that at least 6,000 residents could benefit from the president's order.

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World Views
4:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Blogger Matthew Barber Describes Covering Yazidi Disappearance, Sinjar Siege

An Iraqi Yazidi girl with her family at the Newroz refugee camp in Syria, on August 15th.
Rachel Unkovic DFID - UK Department for International Development

In the Iraqi province of Kurdistan, women of the Yazidi ethnic minority are disappearing. At the most recent count, between 6,000 and 7,000 women and girls have been kidnapped, and many of those have been enslaved.

When Matthew Barber visited northern Iraq earlier this year, his goals were to conduct research and learn Kurdish. When he arrived he was faced with an enslavement crisis unfolding all around him and he knew that being an American academic gave him resources he could use to help.

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