Manager's Desk
6:15 am
Sun March 29, 2015

We Are Half-Way To The Goal of $180,000!

March 29, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

We are now in the third week of our non-traditional fundraiser. This is actually rather exciting because this is something different, and it seems to be working. We are halfway to our goal of $180,000. And when we reach the goal, this fundraising effort is over!

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Health
8:03 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Person Infected With Measles Traveled Through Will Rogers World Airport

An electron micrograph of the measles virus
Credit Cynthia S. Goldsmith / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A person in Oklahoma with measles traveled through Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City and may have exposed others to the virus.

The state Health Department said Friday the infected person lives in Stillwater and has the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since 1997.

The airport said in a news release that the person was a passenger on a United Airlines Flight from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport that arrived at 9:30 p.m. on March 12th. The person went to the United baggage claim area.

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Education
9:56 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Teachers Won't Receive Credit For Attending Rally

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Schools Superintendent
Credit Provided

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister is warning school districts that teachers will not be able to receive professional development credit for attending an education rally Monday at the Capitol.

In a letter to Hofmeister on Friday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt wrote that districts are prohibited from using any professional development funds from the Legislature on programs that aren't approved by the Board of Education.

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Business and Economy
5:41 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

U.S. Rig Counts Falls By 21 More

Credit Meredithw / Flickr Creative Commons

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 21 this week to 1,048 amid falling oil prices.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 813 rigs were seeking oil and 233 exploring for natural gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,809 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas each lost three rigs while California, Colorado, New Mexico and North Dakota were down two apiece. Wyoming was off by one.

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Oklahoma News
5:15 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Kevin Durant Will Miss The Rest Of The Season

Keith Allison Flickr Creative Commons

Reigning MVP Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery next week to deal with a fractured bone in his right foot, and he will miss the rest of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday.

Durant had surgery on a broken bone in his right foot in October. He had been healing well, but in late February, he had a procedure to replace a screw that was rubbing up against another bone and causing discomfort.

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The Two-Way
5:10 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Italy's Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Conviction

Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview on Jan. 31, 2014.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 12:17 pm

Italy's highest court has overturned a murder conviction in the case of Amanda Knox.

The court's decision puts an end to a story that began in 2009 when Knox was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kercher two years earlier. The verdict was overturned in 2011. But a year later, the Court of Cassation overturned the acquittal and sent the case back to an appeals court in Florence. Last year, that court reinstated the original guilty verdict against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

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World Views
2:26 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

More Bans, More Crime: A Look At Transnational Illicit Activity

Two Moldovan women apply makeup before going out with friends, taken by anti-human trafficking activist Mimi Chakarova for her documentary "The Price of Sex."
Mimi Chakarova

The liberalization of the global economy has made it much easier to move goods and people from one location to another. But it also makes it much easier to engage in criminal practices as more and more substances and enterprises are banned.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon
9:24 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Boren: Racist Chant Learned On National Leadership Cruise, High School Students On Bus

University of Oklahoma President David Boren addresses reporters on the steps of Evans Hall Friday to announce the findings of OU's investigation into the local chapter of the SIgma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated 5:06 p.m.: SAE reaction to University of Oklahoma investigation

The SAE national office confirmed in a webpost that the fraternity's former OU chapter members "likely learned a racist chant while attending a national Leadership School about four years ago." Regardless, SAE executive director Blaine Ayers believes that the chant is not pervasive across the fraternity's 237 groups.

Ayers said SAE's investigation is ongoing and they are looking at each of the fraternity's local chapters.

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Health
8:50 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Oklahoma State Department Of Health Confirms Measles Case In Stillwater

An electron micrograph of the measles virus
Credit Cynthia S. Goldsmith / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in Stillwater and says others may have been exposed.

The department said Friday this is the first confirmed case of measles inOklahoma since 1997.

The infected person is an international traveler married to an Oklahoma State University student and lives off campus.

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The Two-Way
7:21 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

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Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 5:16 pm

Updated at 12:34 p.m.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Democratic leader in the Senate, said he won't seek re-election next year.

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