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11:34 am
Wed October 1, 2014

MAPPED: Three Years Of StateImpact Stories

Three years ago KGOU and our other public media colleagues in Oklahoma started a project with NPR called StateImpact Oklahoma.

After countless web stories and nearly 150 broadcast reports, the project's digital guru Joe Wertz created this Google map with a pin from every broadcast story they've reported and traveled to over the past 36 months.

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The Message On Ebola: Don't Panic

Dr. Edward Goodman, epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where the unnamed Ebola patient was first admitted, at a news conference on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 12:17 pm

Following word of the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as major news organizations have weighed in. While the development is a concern, the basic message seems to be this: Don't panic.

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Code Switch
6:12 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S.

Mexican consulates, like this one in Houston, are helping some unauthorized immigrants from Mexico pay application fees for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 7:08 pm

Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and been given work permits that last for at least two years.

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8:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Lawmakers Hear Presentations On State Education Funding Levels

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Oklahoma educators and other local community members told lawmakers Tuesday they want to send a message to Congress to fully fund a federal program that provides impact aid to Oklahoma schools.

The group voiced their concerns before the House Appropriations and Budget subcommittee on Common Education at the request of Rep. Dan Fisher, R-El Reno.

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7:52 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Special Education Advocates Request Special Task Force To Study Funding

Special Education Teacher.
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Special education advocates in Oklahoma asked lawmakers to consider creating a statewide special task force to address special education and the way it is funded in the state.

The group made their request Tuesday during an interim study at the State Capitol before the House Appropriations and Budget subcommittee on Common Education.

IS-H14-067 was requested by Rep. Ann Coody, R-Lawton, and chairwoman of the full House committee on Common Education.

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Oklahoma News
7:28 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

"Prevent Child Abuse" Plates Available In Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health Office of Child Abuse Prevention is offering specialty license tags to raise money to help prevent child abuse in the state.

Applications for the specialty tag called "Start Right" are available at local tag agencies. 

The specialty license tag costs $35. Of every tag purchased, $20 of the proceeds will go into the child abuse prevention fund to support prevention programs across the state.

State officials say that last year, there were more than 11,400 confirmations of child abuse and/or neglect in Oklahoma.

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Politics and Government
7:23 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Group Plans Anti-Incarceration Rally At Capitol

State Sen. Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) and candidate for the U.S. Senate.
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Oklahoma's Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate is a featured speaker in a rally to bring awareness to the state's high incarceration rate and tough criminal code.

The rally to end mass incarceration will be held Thursday at the state Capitol.

Democratic State Sen. Connie Johnson of Oklahoma City is among a group of speakers at the event, which also will include family members of prisoners serving long sentences.

Oklahoma has some of the strictest criminal penalties in the country, particularly for drug crimes.

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Death Penalty
6:20 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Oklahoma's New Execution Protocols Announced

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
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Oklahoma prison officials are unveiling new execution protocols to replace those used when an inmate took 43 minutes to die last spring.

Under the guidelines released Tuesday, Oklahoma can continue to administer midazolam, a sedative used in flawed executions in other states this year, as part of three-drug and two-drug protocols. Oklahoma would use five times the dose it gave Clayton Lockett in April.

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Health Care Vs. State Law
5:51 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Tulsa Abortion Provider Challenges House Bill 2684

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A medical clinic in Tulsa is challenging a state law that is to go into effect later this year and further restrict the use of abortion inducing drugs in Oklahoma.

Attorneys for Reproductive Services of Tulsa filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court. The petition asks a judge to declare the pending law unconstitutional and void.

House Bill 2684 overwhelmingly passed the Republican-controlled Legislature earlier this year and was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. It is to take effect Nov. 1.

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Affordable Care Act
4:47 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

District Judge Sides With Oklahoma On Affordable Care Act Challenge

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A federal judge has sided with Oklahoma in its lawsuit challenging some subsidies offered to people buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Tuesday's ruling is the latest court decision on regulations in the federal law that allow health insurance tax credits in all 50 states. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., threw out a decision questioning those subsidies.

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