Open Meetings
7:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Attorney General’s Office Reviews Workers Compensation Commission Agendas, Records

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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The Attorney General’s Office is now conducting a review of the Workers Compensation Commission after questions were raised about its compliance with the Open Meetings Act.

According to published reports, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater launched an investigation July 21 of the newly created Workers Compensation Commission after questions were raised about its compliance with the Open Meetings Act.  Prater closed that investigation after meeting Friday with the Attorney General’s Office.

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Trial To Last Through Wednesday
7:07 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Trial Over OKC Bombing Videos Begins

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FBI employees have told a federal judge that they thoroughly searched agency archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist.

A federal judge in Salt Lake City heard the testimony Monday in the first day of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by attorney Jesse Trentadue.

He says the FBI won't release videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb that killed 168 people.

The government says McVeigh was alone.

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See Fallin's Letter
5:59 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Fallin Sends Letter To President Complaining Of Costs To Taxpayers

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Gov. Mary Fallin is complaining to federal officials about the potential cost to Oklahoma from unaccompanied immigrant minors who are released from a temporary shelter at Fort Sill and placed with sponsors in the state.

In a letter Monday to President Barack Obama, Fallin complained that Oklahoma taxpayers are being forced to subsidize the costs for education and health care for children who are placed with sponsors in Oklahoma.

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Four Oklahoma Tribes Selected
4:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants

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The National Park Service has awarded historic preservation grants to four American Indian tribes in Oklahoma.

NPS director Jonathan Jarvis says the grants will help America's first people preserve significant tribal places, cultures and tradition.

The grants can be used to fund projects including nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, preservation education and historic structure reports.

The four Oklahoma-based tribes receiving grants are the Miami Tribe, the Peoria Tribe, the Seminole Nation and the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies

Margot Adler, seen here in 2006, was a longtime reporter for NPR. She died Monday following a battle with cancer.
Michael Paras NPR

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:39 pm

Margot Adler, one of the signature voices on NPR's airwaves for more than three decades, died Monday at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer.

Margot joined the NPR staff as a general assignment reporter in 1979. She went on to cover everything from the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic to confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Oklahoma Voices
12:20 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Three Tales Told Well From The 2013 Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival

2013 OKC Storytelling Festival
Credit Jim Johnson

Storytelling is an innate human trait.

Long before the written word, stories were conveyed audibly through voice and music, and/or visually through art. They were used to explain significant events like natural disasters, conflicts, and histories. Myths, legends, fairytales, fables, ghost stories, heroic tales, epic adventures, religions, and origin stories grew from acts of storytelling.   

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NPR Ed
10:14 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Q&A: How Is The Native College Experience Different?

Adrienne Keene, author of the popular blog "Native Appropriations"
Patricia Saxler Courtesy Adrienne Keene

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:05 pm

Adrienne Keene is a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University, the author of the popular blog "Native Appropriations" and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
9:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Auditing The Storm: Dilemma For Storm Victims - Accept Or Reject Disaster Loans?

Auditing The Storm: Disaster 4117 is a series of investigative reports tracking federal disaster aid following the Spring 2013 Oklahoma tornado outbreak. This series represents a collaborative effort between The Oklahoma Tornado Project and Oklahoma Watch.
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The tornadoes, flooding and hail that struck Oklahoma last year left hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, causing many home and business owners to seek help in the form of low-interest federal loans.

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved 929 applications for about $50 million in low-interest disaster loans for people, businesses and nonprofits, according to SBA data acquired for Oklahoma Watch by the nonprofit group, Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Most applicants, 599, took out the loans, but often for much less than what was offered, SBA figures show.

The total amount loaned by the SBA was $21 million, or 42 percent of the approved total amount. All but 52 of the 929 applications were from individuals. About half of the total amount approved was for applicants in Oklahoma City and Moore, which took the brunt of the damage from the May 20 and May 31, 2013, storms.

See a list of approved disaster loans for each city in Oklahoma, of which only 42% were actually used.

The purpose of the disaster-loan program is help owners recover from physical damage and, in the case of businesses, from economic harm.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:04 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Five Oklahoma Counties In U.S. Top 100

Five counties in Oklahoma are among the nation’s fastest-growing, according to a newly released compilation by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Custer, Canadian, Woodward, McClain and Texas counties made a list of the top 100 fastest-growing counties with populations of 10,000 or more from July 2012 through July 2013, the bureau reported.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Auditing The Storm: Low-Interest Loans Go To Individuals, Businesses...Slowly

Scott Burkhart rebuilt his house using an SBA disaster loan after the May 20 tornado leveled his home in Moore, Okla.
Kate Carlton Greer Oklahoma Tornado Project

After a presidentially declared disaster like last year’s tornadoes in Central Oklahoma, the U.S. Small Business Administration often steps in, offering low-interest loans to help homeowners and businesses recover. But the SBA has been criticized in the past for being slow to respond. And following the 2013 storms in the Sooner State, many people still have complaints about the process.

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