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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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Top Business Stories: Kudzu Vs. Crops, Knutson Vs. OKC, And A Departing Publisher

Karen Hickman, Oklahoma State University professor of natural resource ecology and management, displays what the leaflets of a healthy and growing kudzu plant look like.
Credit Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

An Invasive Plant Threatens Oklahoma’s Agriculture Industry.

Kudzu is a vine known for taking over huge areas of states like Alabama and Mississippi. It can cover abandoned buildings and take down utility wires. It can grow 18 inches a day, and some experts joke that it grows so fast you have to be careful falling asleep near it.

The problem is that it also can kill off native species and can carry diseases that damage crops such as soybeans, which produces up to $130 million a year in Oklahoma.

Kudzu has been found in 50 places around Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma News
11:46 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Trentadue Seeks Video Of 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing

Oklahoma City Memorial
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One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the federal government goes to trial Monday in Utah.

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Health
7:25 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Oklahoma Health Officials Prepare For Flu Season

Flu shots.
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After a record-breaking 63 people died as a result of the flu during the 2013-14 flu season, Oklahoma health officials preparing for the coming season say educating the public is key to reducing both the deaths and the number of people who contract the virus.

Oklahoma State Department of Health epidemiologist Becky Coffman says public awareness and persuading residents to get a flu shot are vital.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun July 27, 2014

KGOU On iTunes Radio

It sure seems as if the world is moving faster and faster!  And now, the opportunity to listen to KGOU in digital spaces has just increased.

KGOU now has our audio stream as a station inside iTunes Radio!

If you are already an iTunes customer, and if you have iTunes installed on your desktop, your iPad or iPhone, then you can listen to KGOU in iTunes Radio.  Simply go to the radio area, and search for KGOU. Then you make it your favorite by adding it to your personal “My Stations” list.

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Politics and Government
11:37 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Con Artists Steal Migrant Children Information

Federal Bureau of Investigations
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The FBI is investigating how con artists were able to obtain confidential information about unaccompanied child immigrants being held in Texas and elsewhere as part of a scam netting the swindlers thousands of dollars.

Special agent Michelle Lee tells the San Antonio Express-News that information was obtained for children being held at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma News
8:53 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Oklahoma Food Pantries Scrambling To Meet Demand

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Credit Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma / Facebook

Food pantries and shelters across the state are scrambling to meet demand for food and other supplies by the homeless, kids left in the lurch because they don't have access to free and discounted meals offered when schools are in session and other residents who are down on their luck.

Social service workers say supplies like meat and dairy are particularly in demand during the summer months — a period when donations to agencies tend to dip.

The Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry in downtown Tulsa, for example, fed a record 600-plus people Wednesday.

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Indian Times
7:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

This Week In Indian Country

Credit Susan Shannon

Decision Made On Cheyenne And Arapaho Tribal Government

It’s been a long four plus years for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes - working under two governments, enduring separate court systems and dealing with divisive and competing decisions by local Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) officials. Compounding these difficulties was the freezing of assets which adversely affected tribally owned casinos, payrolls and tribal programs that served the Cheyenne and Arapaho people.

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Will Look At Other States
5:12 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Fallin Wants Execution Investigation To Consider What Works And What Doesn't

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A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor wants investigators looking into Oklahoma's recent flawed execution to consider problems that have popped up in other states such as Ohio and Arizona.

Spokesman Alex Weintz said Friday that an investigation into Oklahoma's execution should consider what other states have done "both successfully and unsuccessfully."

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Sentenced To 35 Months
4:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sex Offender Fails To Register, Gets Prison Time

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A Haskell man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

The U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma says 42-year-old Albert Preston Alexander was sentenced to 35 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

That sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Alexander pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2013.

Authorities say Alexander failed to register and update his registration between May 2013 and Sept. 4, 2013.

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