Oklahoma News
6:47 am
Wed April 1, 2015

New University Of Oklahoma Diversity Chief Faces A Campus With Few Black Professors

Former state lawmaker Jabar Shumate speaks as the new Vice President for the University Community during a press conference March 31
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

The University of Oklahoma announced it’s new vice president for diversity Tuesday. Former state lawmaker Jabar Shumate will be in charge of boosting OU’s low multicultural numbers at both the faculty and student level. OU is the last Big 12 school to add a high-level diversity position.

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Politics and Government
4:30 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs Prescription Drug Database Bill

Gov. Fallin Signs HB 1948

Doctors in Oklahoma would be required to check a new prescription drug database before prescribing certain addictive drugs under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

After the Senate voted 35-10 on Tuesday for the bill, Fallin held an impromptu signing ceremony for the measure that has been a priority of hers for several years. It the first bill she has signed this legislative session, and it will take effect Nov. 1.

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Higher Education
12:30 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Former State Lawmaker Jabar Shumate Named University Of Oklahoma VP For Diversity

University of Oklahoma President David Boren announces the appointment of Jabar Shumate as OU's new Vice President for the University Community during a Tuesday press conference.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has named former state Senator and Representative Jabar Shumate as OU's Vice President for the University, a newly created role that will focus on diversity and outreach.

"I knew that this person had to be someone in whom I had complete trust. Complete trust in their actions, complete trust in their motives, complete trust in their good judgment," Boren said during a Tuesday press conference. 

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7:55 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Smaller-Than-Expected Crowd Gathers At State Capitol For Oklahoma Education Rally

Teachers and education supporters rally at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City Monday.
Emily Wendler Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Nowhere near the 50,000 anticipated education supporters turned out Monday for a rally at the state Capitol - estimates indicate the crowd was closer to 5,000 - but the teachers that were there made their presence known.

Wearing T-shirts from their hometown schools, attendees wandered the halls of the Capitol and congregated outside legislators' offices to tell lawmakers that their shrinking budgets are making it difficult to give kids a quality education - and they need more funding.

A similar rally held last year drew an estimated 25,000 people.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:14 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Oil Executive’s Meeting With Oklahoma Seismologist: Conversation Or Intimidation?

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey, seated in the center, at a capitol hearing on Oklahoma's earthquake surge.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

In November 2013, Oklahoma state seismologist Austin Holland was called into a meeting with University of Oklahoma President David Boren and Continental Resources Chairman and oil billionaire Harold Hamm, EnergyWire’s Mike Sorgahan reported earlier this month.

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Manager's Desk
7:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Spring Fundraiser Now at $100,000 of $180,000 Goal

March 30, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I have an update for our third week of this non-traditional fundraiser. Our fundraising goal is $180,000, and as of Monday afternoon, the tally stands at about $100,000, with over 600 donors.  This is exciting!

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Oklahoma News
5:09 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Right To Try Bill Passes Senate Health Committee

Credit KellyK / Flickr Creative Commons

Legislation that would give terminally ill patients in Oklahoma access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves has been approved by a state Senate panel.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 7-0 Monday to send the measure to the full Senate for a vote. It has already been approved by the state House.

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Oklahoma News
4:26 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Federal Suit Alleges Transgender Discrimination At SOSU

Seal of Southeastern Oklahoma State University

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Southeastern Oklahoma State University, alleging the school in Durant discriminated against a transgender professor and then fired her after she complained.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Oklahoma City, the department alleges the university denied assistant professor Rachel Tudor a promotion despite a recommendation from her department chair and other tenured faculty from her department.

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2:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

SAE National President Criticizes Boren In Facebook Post

In the post, which has since been deleted, Sigma Alpha Epsilon national president Brad Cohen noted that there is a difference between formally learning a racist chant and hearing and repeating such a chant. He called Boren's statements during the press conference "inflammatory and self serving."
Sigma Alpha Epsilon national president Brad Cohen posted a Facebook status criticizing comments made about national organization by OU President David Boren during a press conference Friday. In the post, Cohen noted that there is a difference between formally learning a racist chant and hearing and repeating such a chant.
Oklahoma News
1:37 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Colorado Attorney General Comments On Marijuana Lawsuit

Credit Peazo Cogollo / Flickr.com

Colorado's attorney general says the Nebraska and Oklahoma lawsuit that asks the U.S. Supreme court to curtail Colorado's new recreational marijuana law could have dire consequences for all three states.

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says if the U.S. Supreme Court sides with the two states that border Colorado, the decision would take away the regulatory system that Colorado has built, while leaving the vote to legalize marijuana intact.

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