Oklahoma Voices
11:08 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Colleagues Reflect On Gov. Henry Bellmon's Education Legacy

Henry Bellmon, Oklahoma's 18th and 23rd governor and two-term U.S. Senator
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s first Republican governor is considered an architect of the state’s hallmark education movement.

Both opponents and allies of Henry Bellmon described him as the moving force for the 1990 passage of House Bill 1017 that mandated better teacher pay, smaller class sizes and curriculum reform.

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9:05 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Hundreds Attend Vigil For Softball Players After Oklahoma Bus Crash

The four North Central Texas College softball players killed in Friday's crash. Clockwise from top right: Brooke Deckard, Jaiden Pelton, Katelynn Woodlee, Meagan Richardson
Credit NCTC Athletics

Hundreds of people have attended a prayer vigil for victims of a college bus and truck wreck that left four students dead.

Mourners turned out Sunday night at North Central Texas College in Gainesville for a candlelight remembrance and to sing "Amazing Grace."

The accident Friday night on Interstate 35 near Davis, Oklahoma, left a dozen other people on the softball team bus hurt. The players were returning from a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

School Shelter Advocacy Group Puts Forth 'Last Ditch Effort' For Signatures

David Slane and Danni Legg (center) ask the public for petition signatures as a "last ditch effort" to get a school safe room issue on a future ballot.
Kate Carlton Greer Oklahoma Tornado Project

A group that wants storm shelters in every Oklahoma school has spent the last 90 days gathering signatures to get its initiative petition on the ballot. Take Shelter Oklahoma is still tens of thousands of signatures short of the required amount, but proponents now have more time than they originally thought. 

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5:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Oklahoma School Officials Frustrated With Changes

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Education / Facebook

Oklahoma school administrators remain frustrated by the Legislature's decision to repeal rigorous Common Core academic standards for public school students weeks before they were to go into effect.

Their frustration intensified when federal officials denied Oklahoma the authority to decide how to spend millions of federal education dollars. Federal officials said Oklahoma could not demonstrate its current standards help students become college- and-career-ready.

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10:52 am
Sun September 28, 2014

OKC Superintendent, Associate To Appear At Public Forum

Rob Neu, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent
Credit Oklahoma City Public Schools

The public will get a chance to question new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu about his policies and goals for the district during a public forum on education Tuesday.

Neu is in his third month as Oklahoma City’s superintendent, but has already drawn attention with plans to increase teacher pay, implement more technology in the classroom and enact a student-loan forgiveness program for University of Central Oklahoma students who teach in the district for three years. He and new Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora, who will also appear at the forum, have said they wish to provide more support to principals and teachers and strengthen the curriculum.

The forum, organized by non-profit investigate news organization Oklahoma Watch, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kamps 1910 Café, 10 NE 10th St., in Oklahoma City.

Neu, who was hired to replaced interim Superintendent Dave Lopez in July, previously was superintendent for Federal Way Public Schools near Seattle.

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Manager's Desk
7:45 am
Sun September 28, 2014

The KGOU Challenge, Part Two -- And Whad'Ya Know?

Karen Holp holds sign that reads, "I listen, I support KGOU."
Credit KGOU

September 28, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I hope you are thinking of some creative signs that you can use to show your support of KGOU for the upcoming membership drive. Or you can visit this past Manager's Desk and copy one of the pre-made signs from the slideshow there.

This fall we are asking you for two things. We are asking you for make your financial gift to KGOU and to show your support on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Politics and Government
6:30 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Underdog Dorman Seeks Name ID In Governor's Race

Joe Dorman, Democratic Candidate For Governor
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Eager to boost his name recognition in an uphill race for Oklahoma governor, Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman will take any publicity he gets — even from an attack ad launched by opposing forces.

The Republican Governors Association began airing ads on major network stations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa last week as part of a more than $200,000 ad buy hammering Dorman as "liberal Joe" and linking Dorman to President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

A self-described underdog, Dorman says he appreciates the name recognition he's getting from the ad.

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Politics and Government
5:30 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Work Comp Commission Seeks Supplemental Funding For FY15

Credit Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission

The Workers Compensation Commission approved a fiscal year 2015 and its FY 2016 budget requests Friday, seeking additional funds for the current fiscal year and a better than two-fold increase in next fiscal year’s funding.

Commission Chairman Troy Wilson and Executive Director Rick Farmer said the additional funding will be necessary to deal with an anticipated increase in caseloads.

Earlier this month, the number of claims filed with the commission exceeded the number filed with the Court of Existing Claims.

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Politics and Government
5:00 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Kingfisher Honored By Oklahoma Municipal League

Kingfisher, OK, August 19, 2007 -- A Rescue Boat searches for stranded people in downtown Kingfisher. People were rescued when flood waters rose and stranded them.
Credit Marvin Nauman / Federal Emergency Management Agency

Kingfisher has received a 2014 Municipal Innovation Award for its ongoing work on a flood mitigation project.

The town received the honor for a city under 10,000 population on Thursday from the Oklahoma Municipal League.

Kingfisher recently completed the first phase of a flood plain buyout program using $7 million in local, state and federal funds to clean up properties along a flood plain area.

Work on solving the problem began in 2007 after remnants of Tropical Storm Erin caused a devastating flood in Kingfisher that caused more than $20 million in damage.

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5:29 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Alton Nolen Will Be Charged With 1st-Degree Murder

Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says Nolen will be charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and that he may also face federal charges. "We've already interviewed him and charges will be filed on Monday," Lewis said.
A man who was shot after he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and has been interviewed by detectives, police said Saturday.