Business Intelligence Report
6:35 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Finding A Way To Finish AICCM Could Be On Hold Until After November Elections

Boosters of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum are hopeful the coming election and legislative session could bring the funds to finish the project.
Credit American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

Time stretches on for the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum near downtown Oklahoma City. The silvery struts jut up into the sky, the grass grows on the Cahokia-style mound and the river runs past the site, just north of the intersection of Interstates 40 and 35.

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Four Tribal Museums Included
6:24 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Seven Oklahoma Museums Receive Grant Money

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Seven Oklahoma museums have received more than $479,000 in grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Nov. 7
4:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

"Ancestry Day" Will Showcase Oklahoma History and Culture

Credit Susan Shannon

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society along with are presenting two days of genealogy and Native culture in November.

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World Views
3:51 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

How Paul Polak Uses Economic Principles To Fight Poverty

When Paul Polak visited Bangladesh for the first time he did what he says people with humanitarian aims don’t do enough. He asked the residents what they needed.

“They quickly told me in Bangladesh that they were poor because they made most of their money from farming on small one-acre farms,” Polack says. “And what they needed most to earn more income was affordable irrigation.”

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Donates To Israeli Museum
1:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoman Donates Oldest Known Jewish Prayer Book

Example of ancient Jewish Prayer Book
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An Israeli museum has unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world.

The Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem says the prayer book has been carbon dated by three experts to 820 A.D. The book is written in Hebrew, contains about 50 pages and is still in its original binding. It went on public display for the first time Thursday.

The book was donated by Oklahoma businessman Steve Green, a devout Christian and owner of one of the largest collections of rare biblical artifacts in the world.

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Execution Set For Nov. 13
1:13 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Judge Doubts Execution Procedures And Retraining Can Be Done By November

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 A federal judge says he's concerned Oklahoma won't be able to give its execution team more training before three inmates are scheduled to be executed this fall.

Oklahoma recently said it would revamp its execution procedures and retrain its staff after condemned inmate Clayton Lockett took 43 minutes to die in April.

But 21 death row inmates said in a lawsuit that they still fear their executions could be cruel and violate their constitutional rights.

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10:55 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Visual Art 12X12, Chinese Culture, Vet Assistance And A Bike Ride For MS Entertain Your Week

A painting by 12x12 featured artist Nuthatch Atkinson.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) hosts its annual 12x12 Art Fundraiser at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City Friday, September 19.

The event features the work of 150 local artists in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics.

Each artist has one cubic foot of space to let his or her imagination run wild, giving collectors the opportunity to bid for each 12x12 piece in silent and blind auctions starting at $175 per work.

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9:16 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Four Of Five Oklahoma Congressmen Vote To Arm Syrian Rebels

Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation.
Credit U.S. Rep. James Lankford / Facebook

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation to vote against President Obama's request to train and arm rebels fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Bridenstine says that if the Islamic State is deemed a threat, the United States should "eliminate it," not train and arm rebels.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:39 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoma Oil And Gas Regulator Wrestles With Oversight Of Wind Industry

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Corporation Commission meetings are usually pretty dull, but the Sept. 11 technical conference on wind energy was standing room only. It was lively — and theatrical.

When Tammy Huffstutlar of Calumet took her turn at the microphone, she cued up recordings of whirring wind turbines to accompany her testimony.

“I don’t know if you can hear this or not, but this is my life,” she told Corporation Commissioners Dana Murphy and Bob Anthony, who presided over the meeting. “That’s why I’m here talking about property rights and regulation.”

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Oklahoma Watch
7:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

What Grade Did Your School Receive On Report Card?

Oklahoma Watch

Fewer schools are getting A’s and more are getting F's in the third round of Oklahoma’s A-F school report cards, released Wednesday.

According to the 2014 report:

  • 289 schools got an overall grade of A, down 22.5 percent from 2013
  • 473 got a B, down 5.5 percent
  • 504 got a C, up 6.3 percent
  • 299 got a D, up 12 percent
  • 200 got an F, up 18.5 percent
  • 30 did not get a grade this year, down from 31 last year.

The letter grades are based on student results on spring 2014 end-of-instruction tests in reading, English, writing, math, algebra, geometry, science, biology and U.S. history. This is the third year that letter grades have been issued.

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