World Views
11:49 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Two Things To Know About The Middle East This Week

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk, and Deputy Special Envoy Frank Lowenstein about Middle East peace negotiations before departing Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, en route to Geneva, Switzerland, on November 8, 2013.
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with "World Views" contributor Joshua Landis.

Four world powers are dispatching their top diplomats to Geneva on Friday to add their weight to negotiations aimed at putting initial limits on Iran's ability to make atomic weapons.

The meeting comes shortly after the 34th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis, and the end of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic.

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the election of Hassan Rouhani earlier this year marks a crossroads as the moderate leader tries to promote understanding with the United States.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Strongest Cyclone Ever? Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines

From space, Typhoon Haiyan was almost beautiful. On the ground, it wasn't so pretty.
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Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 8:08 pm

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Meteorologists weren't holding back Friday after watching in amazement as Typhoon Haiyan roared over the Philippines with pounding rain and top sustained winds approaching 200 mph as it neared the coast.

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Native American
6:27 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Tribe Receives Grant To Combat Negative Behaviors In Teens

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The Oklahoma-based Citizen Potawatomi Nation has received more than $367,000 in funding to create a mentorship program using traditional culture teachings to try to combat peer pressure, bullying and other negative behaviors.

The Shawnee-based tribe announced this week that the Administration for Native Americans provided the funding for the program.

The two-year grant will go toward developing three forms of curriculum focusing on cultural mentorship, cultural activities and peer mentoring.

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Oklahomans Face Hunger Every Day
4:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Governor's Food Drive Meets Its Goal Twice Over

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Gov. Mary Fallin says more than 2.9 million meals were donated to help feed hungry Oklahomans as part of her annual food drive.

Fallin and officials from the state's two largest food banks released the results Thursday from the governor's month long Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive. The results more than double the goal of 1.4 million meals.

The governor kicked off the month long food drive Oct. 1. She had made the food drive her inaugural event after her election in 2010.

The food drive collected 2.6 million meals last year.

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eCapitol
2:30 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

National Guard Chief Directed To Resolve Marriage Benefits Dispute

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the chief of the National Guard Bureau to work with Oklahoma and seven other states in resolving a dispute over the processing of benefits for same-sex couples.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Canton Business Owners On The Brink Months After Oklahoma City Water Withdrawal

Jeff Converse of the Canton Lake Association stands in front of a boat ramp he says has been surrounded by mud and weeds since Oklahoma City withdrew water from the lake in January.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Canton, Oklahoma — population 625 — is a town on the brink. Canton relies on lake season, and lake season never really got started this year.

At the first of the year, Oklahoma City took water from Canton Lake to meet demand at the height of the drought. While that decision kept faucets flowing in the metro, it threatens the very existence of Canton the community.

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State Capitol
11:09 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Doak Seeks Re-Election

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak
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State Insurance Commissioner John Doak has announced that he is seeking re-election for a second term in 2014.

The Republican made the announcement Thursday in Muskogee, following his annual tour of Oklahoma's 77 counties.

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OneSix8
10:02 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Kicking Off The Holiday Season

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holiday season that is upon us and this week’s OneSix8 offers some additional 'indicators’ of what’s ahead with decorating tips, a winter wonderland, and even some early gift ideas.

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Native American
8:57 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Cherokee Nation Claims Sovereign Immunity In Baby Veronica Legal Fee Dispute

Dusten Brown with his daughter, Veronica, before her return to her adoptive parents in South Carolina.
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Officials say the Cherokee Nation will argue that tribal sovereignty makes it immune from a request for $1 million in legal fees in a custody battle over a 4-year-old girl.

Attorneys representing Matt and Melanie Capobianco filed the request for legal fees in the custody dispute over 4-year-old Veronica. The Capobiancos have custody after Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, dropped all legal proceedings.

Brown is a member of the Cherokee Nation.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:24 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Duncan Weighs Its Water Options As Area Lakes Continue to Dwindle

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City officials in Duncan, Okla., are looking for ways to keep from running out of water.

If drought conditions continue as they have over the last couple of years, the city of more than 23,000 will see its water supplies totally depleted by the end of 2016, according to a story in the Duncan Banner. 

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