World Views
12:30 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Peaceful Protests Continue In Hong Kong Amid Mounting Unrest

Demonstrators participating in Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution - September 30, 2014
Pasu Au Yeung Flickr Creative Commons

Tens of thousands of peaceful protesters have gathered on the streets of Hong Kong this week as part of a mass civil disobedience campaign to demonstrate against China’s increasing control of the electoral process in the region.

China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee voted August 31 to fundamentally change the way Hong Kong picks its leaders by requiring voters to choose from a pre-approved slate of candidates in the upcoming 2017 elections.

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World Views
11:24 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Understanding How Pakistan's 65-Year History Led To The Current 'Hybrid Regime'

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen reviews Pakistani troops during a ceremony honoring Mullen's arrival to Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 9, 2008.
Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy Wikimedia Commons

In 1947, the Indian subcontinent gained independence from the United Kingdom and split into three states: the Muslim majority countries of East and West Pakistan and the Hindu majority country of India.

“This is very important for us to understand,” says University of Waterloo professor Mariam Mufti. “Because subsequently all of Pakistan's actions on the international community have been driven by this foreign policy that was very India-centric.”

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2014 Elections
10:52 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Oklahoma Gubernatorial Candidates Focus On Education, State Finances In Debate

Democratic gubernatorial nominee and state Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) and Republican incumbent Gov. Mary Fallin during the October 2, 2014 debate at Oklahoma State University.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs faced off Thursday night at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in the only scheduled gubernatorial debate before the November 4 elections.

The two candidates focused on education and public safety issues and sparred over the current administration's handling of the economy.

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9:02 am
Fri October 3, 2014

As Voter Registration Numbers Grow, Major Parties Now Neck And Neck

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More than two million Oklahomans will be eligible to vote in November’s general election, according to numbers released Thursday by the State Election Board.

About 2,014,000 Oklahomans are registered to vote, a net increase of more than 35,000 since Jan. 15, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax reported Wednesday.

Republicans now make up the largest share of voters since 1960 when the board began compiling statewide voter registration statistics, accounting for 43.6 percent of voters. Democrats make up 43.8 percent of the voters and still outnumber the GOP, according to the State Election Board, just 5,100 voters more than Republicans.

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7:26 am
Fri October 3, 2014

A Regatta, Classic American Tale, And Art Exhibit Entertain Your Week

Kayakers on the Oklahoma River.

The 10th annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival continues through October 5 at the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City.

The multi-day event celebrates the rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and related activities that have helped transform the Oklahoma River into a world-class urban aquatic venue.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:35 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Lingering Drought, Low Wheat Yields Could Cause Higher Beef Prices

Cattle at the Oklahoma City Stockyards.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

On Wednesday Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus released figures showing it's been a dry September. Oklahoma only averaged 2.6 inches of rainfall, which is roughly 33 percent below normal.

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5:27 am
Fri October 3, 2014

NPR Poll: Senate Battleground Tilts Republican, But Still Anybody's Game

Political signs separate Sen. Mitch McConnell's and Alison Lundergan Grimes' camps at the annual Fancy Farm picnic in Kentucky in August.
Stephen Lance Dennee AP

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 2:17 pm

With fewer than five weeks until election day, the political landscape continues to be tilted against President Obama and his party. The battle for control of the Senate — the biggest prize this year — remains close and could tip either way.

Those are the findings of NPR's latest bipartisan poll of likely voters, conducted by Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic and Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps.

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Politics and Government
6:12 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Rogers Country District Attorney Disqualified From Further County Work

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has disqualified District Attorney Janice Steidley from representing Rogers County in legal matters, citing a conflict of interest in her defamation lawsuits against organizers of a failed petition drive questioning her conduct in office.

The Claremore Daily Progress reports that Pruitt sent Steidley a letter this week informing her that his office would provide no-cost legal counsel to the county through Dec. 31, when her term expires.

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Politics and Government
5:12 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

AG Scott Pruitt Creates Anti-Money Laundering Division

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Attorney General Scott Pruitt has announced the creation of an Anti-Money Laundering Division to provide Oklahoma with the first statewide focus on combating such criminal activities.

Pruitt announced the new unit on Thursday. The division will use teams of prosecutors, special agents and forensic accountants to investigate and prosecute money laundering cases.

It also will provide training materials and courses for use by district attorneys, law enforcement and its other partners in Oklahoma.

The division will be led by Assistant Attorney General Kris Jarvis.

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1:24 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Center For Reproductive Rights Files Lawsuit To Block Abortion Law Requirements

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An Oklahoma doctor is suing in hopes of blocking a new law that imposes stricter regulations on abortion providers.

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Dr. Larry Burns, who the center says performs nearly half the state's abortions.

The lawsuit aims to block a law that would require clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion is performed. It would take effect Nov. 1.

A similar law is being challenged in Texas.

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