Oklahoma News
6:47 am
Wed March 4, 2015

History Hysteria: How Oklahoma's Teachers Are Tackling The AP U.S. History Course

Christine Bond teaches students in her AP U.S. history class
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Oklahoma lawmakers are criticizing the new outline for the high school Advanced Placement United States history courses, saying it doesn’t emphasize key figures in American history and that it focuses on a negative view of the country.

But history teachers say otherwise. Educators say they are experiencing more freedom - not less - with the new framework.

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Weather and Climate
6:01 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Schools, Businesses Close As Oklahoma Prepares For One More Winter Storm

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 5:51 a.m.

Most area schools and universities canceled classes Wednesday ahead of an anticipated winter storm.

National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Speheger says precipitation will likely transition over to sleet as the cold front moves from north to south across the state. 

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NPR News Investigations
5:12 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits

Lupita Ramirez dresses her husband, Joel, at their home in Rialto, Calif. Joel was paralyzed from the waist down after being crushed by a pallet when he was working in a warehouse.
Patrick T. Fallon for ProPublica

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 9:35 am

Dennis Whedbee's crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, N.D.

It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrick hand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top of the well when it suddenly blew.

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Oklahoma News
5:53 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Consumer Groups Urge Attorney General Pruitt's Involvement In Utility Case

OK Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Facebook

Consumer groups are calling on the Oklahoma attorney general to be more active in a case that would result in consumer utility bills increasing.

The Oklahoman reports that the utility company will request $1.1 billion from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Tuesday to recover costs for environmental compliance and for the replacement of an aging natural gas plant in Oklahoma City. If approved, consumers will see an average bill increase of more than 15 percent by 2019.

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Health
5:01 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

"Right To Try" Bill Passes House

State Rep. Richard Morrissette (R-OKC)
Credit okhouse.gov

The Oklahoma House has approved legislation that would give terminally ill patients access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves.

House members voted 96-0 for the bill by Democratic Rep. Richard Morrissette of Oklahoma City and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

Right to Try legislation expands access to potentially life-saving medications years before terminally ill patients would normally be able to access them. Eligible medications have passed the first of multiple phases in an FDA approval process but are not yet publicly available.

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Business and Economy
4:08 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

U.S. Nearing Crude Oil Storage Capacity

roy luck Flickr

The U.S. has so much crude oil that it's running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months.

The Energy Department reported last week that for the past seven weeks the United States has produced and imported an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it's using. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, and pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years.

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Parallels
3:23 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

After Netanyahu's Speech, A Reality Check

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Netanyahu said the world must unite to "stop Iran's march of conquest, subjugation and terror." House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio (left) and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, listen.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:12 pm

Since first becoming prime minister in 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu has hammered away at Iran's nuclear program, calling it the greatest threat to Israel. Yet Tuesday's speech to Congress, like many before it, sharply criticized the international response to Iran while offering relatively little as an alternative.

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Oklahoma News
1:22 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

House Passes Bill Allowing Online Gun Safety Courses

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Oklahomans who want to carry a firearm will be able to take the required gun safety course online under a bill approved by the House of Representatives.

The House voted 88-7 on Tuesday for the bill by Republican Rep. Casey Murdock of Felt, who says he expects it will lead to an increase in the number of Oklahomans who get a license to carry a gun.

Felt says the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training would be responsible for setting up the online course and would use voice-recognition technology to ensure the right person is taking it.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:20 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

State Geological Survey Stayed Silent After Linking Oklahoma Quakes to Oil Industry

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey briefs Corporation Commissioners on new earthquake research.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Despite long-held suspicions that the state’s earthquake surge was linked to oil and gas activity, the Oklahoma Geological Survey stayed silent amid pressure from oil company executives, EnergyWire reports.

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Capital Punishment
12:11 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

House Passes Bill Authorizing Nitrogen Gas Executions

State Rep. Mike Christian (R-OKC)
Credit okhouse.gov

Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.

The House voted 85-10 on Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian, who described the method as humane, painless and easy to administer. There was no debate against the bill, which now heads to the Senate.

Christian says the nitrogen would be administered to the inmate either by a "tent or some kind of secure mask."

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