The Edge
12:27 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Questions About Scoring Overshadow Women's Figure Skating

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova (center) celebrates after receiving her gold medal in women's figure skating Thursday. South Korea's Yuna Kim (left) took silver, and Italy's Carolina Kostner won bronze.
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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:36 pm

It wouldn't be a Winter Olympics without a figure skating scandal, and the Sochi Olympics hasn't disappointed.

When defending gold medalist Yuna Kim of South Korea took to the ice in the women's long program Thursday night, there was much anticipation. The audience had already seen 23 great performances, and Kim was the last to skate.

She landed six triple jumps in what looked to be a flawless program, one she'd skated many times before. In the stands, her teammates and skaters from other countries seemed amazed.

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May 2013 Tornado Outbreak
9:54 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Reporter's Notebook: Poor Construction Techniques Doomed Moore Elementary Schools

Gov. Mary Fallin at Plaza Towers elementary school following the May 20, 2013 Moore, Okla. tornado.
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Listen to M. Scott Carter talk about how he first became interested in construction standards at two Oklahoma elementary schools destroyed by the May 20, 2013 Moore, Okla. tornado.

Friday’s edition of The Journal Record reveals improper construction and violation of building codes led to the destruction of two Moore, Okla. elementary schools when a tornado hit May 20, 2013.

KGOU’s Kurt Gwartney talked with the reporter, M. Scott Carter, who obtained a soon-to-be released report showing a shocking lack of standard building practices in both Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools.

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Pregnancy
9:32 am
Fri February 21, 2014

High Risk Pregnancy Center Opening In Oklahoma City

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The University of Oklahoma physicians group is scheduled to open a new center for high-risk expectant mothers next week.

The OU Prenatal Diagnostic Center will open Monday in Oklahoma City. It'll be located on the first floor of the Children's Hospital atrium on the OU Health Sciences campus.

With the center's debut, expectant mothers will have access to pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, urologists and neonatologists. 

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6:11 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Deathtrap: Moore Tornado Debris Reveals Construction Flaws, Code Violations

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Detailed in a soon-to-be-released report for the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute, an analysis of the debris of the Briarwood Elementary School showed that several of the building’s steel roof beams were not attached to the walls, many of Briarwood’s cinder-block walls were not properly reinforced with steel rebar and large portions of the walls were not backfilled with concrete.
When the storm came, seven students in the Plaza Towers third-grade center sheltered in the hall. At Briarwood, the students and teachers thought the school building would protect them. Then the tornado hit, and the schools fell. Instead of offering protection on May 20, 2013, Plaza Towers became a deathtrap, Briarwood a pile of rubble.
The Two-Way
5:58 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Breakthrough? Ukrainian President, Opposition Leaders Reach Deal

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (right) and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko shake hands Friday after signing an agreement that diplomats hope will end the bloodshed in Kiev.
Tim Brakemeier EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 5:52 pm

We're updating this post as the day continues.

In what could be a major move toward ending the violence in the streets of his capital, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and leaders of the anti-government opposition reached agreement Friday on a deal to hold new elections, form a unity government and restore a constitution drafted in 2004.

Some details have yet to be spelled out. But the BBC sums up the news this way:

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Does Not include hands free devices
6:21 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

No Cell Phone Use In School Zones

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An Oklahoma Senate panel has approved legislation that bans cell phone use in school zones across the state.

The Senate Public Safety Committee passed the measure on Thursday and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.

The measure makes it illegal for anyone operating a motor vehicle to use a wireless communications device in a school zone. The bill does not apply to vehicles that are stopped, drivers who are using hands free devices or specifically-listed emergency calls. The bill is similar to existing laws in Arkansas and Texas.

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Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokees
4:07 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Cherokees Coming Together At The National Museum Of The American Indian

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Two bands of Cherokee Indians are coming together to tell their history at an educational program at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:08 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Small And Large Drillers Square-Off Over Well-Spacing Rules

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Horizontal drilling has revolutionized the energy industry, and helped unlock oil and gas trapped in tight shale formations that had, for decades, eluded petroleum producers.

But Oklahoma’s oil and gas rules were established when traditional, vertical drilling was the norm. Balancing the regulatory needs of horizontal drillers and vertical drillers — especially those producing in the same formation — can be tricky.

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State Capitol
2:13 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oklahoma Capitol Could Receive $160M Face Lift

Barricades surround the steps of the Oklahoma state Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

Oklahoma's nearly 100-year-old Capitol could receive a $160 million face lift under a measure given final approval by the Oklahoma Senate.

The bill approved 36-11 on Thursday authorizes a state bond issue to pay for the repairs, a financing method that is expected to face stiff resistance in the increasingly conservative House.

Several Democrats questioned why Senate leaders didn't consider tapping the state's Rainy Day Fund, which currently has a balance of $535 million.

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Health
1:03 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oklahoma House Approves Bill On Infant Hospice Services

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The Oklahoma House has approved legislation requiring abortion providers to notify women whose fetuses have fatal conditions that hospice services are available as an alternative to an abortion.

The House voted 93-0 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.

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