State Revenue
10:26 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma Misses Collections Mark, Could Mean Additional Agency Cuts

Credit Oklahoma PCA / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma's finance secretary says collections by the general revenue fund fell 9.1 percent below the official estimate in March.

Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday the state experienced another month of unusually low corporate income tax revenue. Doerflinger says that the decline followed a major increase in tax credit claims.

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State Employee Compensation
9:02 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Trooper Pay Raise Heads To Fallin's Desk

Oklahoma Highway Patrol cadets lining up during academy training.
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

The Oklahoma House has given final passage to legislation that provides a mechanism to raise the salaries of Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The House voted 94-0 without debate Tuesday and sent the bill to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law. The measure was previously approved by the state Senate.

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Manager's Desk
8:52 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Best Wishes To Kurt Gwartney

KGOU News Director Emeritus, Kurt Gwartney

News Director Kurt Gwartney is leaving KGOU, and his family is moving to Tulsa. The Rev. Charla Gwartney will soon be the new Senior Pastor for Faith United Methodist Church in Tulsa, and Kurt is the new communications director for the Eastern Oklahoma Region of the American Red Cross.

After an earlier career in both commercial and non-commercial radio, Kurt returned to public radio in 2005 as KGOU's Operations Director. He became News Director in 2009, and editorial director of StateImpact Oklahoma in 2011.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Wed April 16, 2014

In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side

Men sit on an armored personnel carrier in Slovyansk, Ukraine, on Wednesday. A Russian flag flies from it. When some Ukrainian forces approached the city, locals say, they were persuaded to hand over their vehicles to pro-Russia protesters.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:36 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from Kramatorsk, Ukraine

Confusion continues to reign in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen remain in control of many government offices even as the Ukrainian military sends in troops, tanks and armed aircraft in an attempt to dislodge them.

According to NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in eastern Ukraine, locals who are pushing to separate from the central government and join the Russian Federation claim that at least some Ukrainian troops are refusing to move against them.

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Tax Credits
7:32 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Dank: Oklahoma 'Wasted' $4.2M On 'August: Osage County'

State Rep. David Dank (R-Oklahoma City) speaking to reporters Tuesday. He wants lawmakers to reconsider extending the 'Compete With Canada Film Act.'
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A state lawmaker says a recently released report from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce shows film rebates recently extended by the legislature are a “bad deal.”

“I recently secured a copy of an economic impact study prepared by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in April that makes it very clear that this film tax credit is a bad deal for Oklahomans,” state Rep. David Dank said Tuesday. The Oklahoma City Republican is an outspoken critic of the rebates, and called it a waste of taxpayer dollars.

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The Two-Way
6:56 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks Off South Korea's Coast

Rescuers head toward the ferry Sewol off the southern coast of South Korea on Wednesday. It sank while on a trip to a resort island. Several hundred people, most of them high school students and teachers, are missing.
Yonhap News EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:22 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports about the ferry accident
This post is being updated as news comes in.

Many hours after the tragedy, close to 300 people were still missing following a ferry disaster Wednesday off the southern coast of South Korea. Most of those unaccounted for are high school students who were on a trip to a resort island.

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Science
6:08 am
Wed April 16, 2014

A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame

Pat Leiggi (right) of the Museum of the Rockies prepares to move a leg bone of the T. rex at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 7:53 am

This week, scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History will start unpacking some rare and precious cargo. It's something the Smithsonian has never had before — a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Sexual Harassment Case
6:19 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Office Of Civil Rights Enforcement Files First Lawsuit

Credit Miami Oklahoma Official Website

Oklahoma's attorney general has filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against a Miami restaurant and its owner over allegations of sexual harassment of employees.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Ottawa County District Court is the first legal action filed by the newly formed Office of Civil Rights Enforcement in Attorney General Scott Pruitt's Office.

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Attorney gathering signatures on petition
5:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Opposition To Mandatory Minimum Wage Law

Credit Office Of The Governor

Organizers seeking a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma are upset with Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities in the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.

Attorney David Slane said Tuesday that the new law threatens an effort to raise Oklahoma City's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Slane wrote the initiative petition for Oklahoma City.

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Restricts Use of Abortion-inducing drugs
3:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Abortion Drug Bill Passes The Senate Easily

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr.com

A bill that would restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily passed the state Senate.

The Senate voted 37-5 Tuesday for the bill that was written in direct response to a state Supreme Court decision that tossed a similar measure approved by the Legislature in 2011.

The bill would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer the drugs only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol.

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