Earthquake
10:06 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Earthquake Rattles Residents Near Langston

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

READ: StateImpact's Oklahoma Earthquake Coverage

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.4-magnitude earthquake has shaken central Oklahoma, but there are no reports of damage or injuries.

The quake was reported around 8:15 p.m. Saturday and struck about five miles south-southwest of the town of Langston. The USGS reports it had a depth of more than two miles.

Geologists say earthquakes that are 2.5 to 3.0 in magnitude are generally the smallest felt by humans.

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The Two-Way
11:18 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples

John Lewis (left) and Stuart Gaffney embrace outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California in June.
Noah Berger AP

Originally published on Sat February 8, 2014 1:04 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder has for the first time directed Justice Department employees to give same-sex married couples "full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent under the law," a move with far-ranging consequences for how such couples are treated in federal courtrooms and proceedings.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sat February 8, 2014

For The Love Of KGOU

Happy Valentines Day
Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

This is the most romantic week of the year, leading up to the most romantic day – Valentine’s Day.  Since the fourteen hundreds, this time has grown into a great tradition for expressions of love and appreciation. So many poems and cards, so many songs and movies all pay tribute to love.

You know, it is possible to show a little love for KGOU.  So I adapted a poem…. 

The rose is red, the violet is blue.

The sound is smart on KGOU.

You have my ear, I listen all day.

I want you to know this on Valentine’s Day.

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Indian Times
10:25 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Native Crossroads Film Festival To Premier Native Made Films

Chaske Spencer
Credit musicgrl87 / Flickr.com

The 2nd Annual Native Crossroads Film Festival is bringing several feature and short films that will explore the theme of this year's festival – links between land and indigenous cultural identities. Assistant Professor Joshua Nelson (Cherokee) said this year’s top three films to be screened are making their Oklahoma premier.

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Newcomer To Politics
4:29 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Republican Professor Plans Run For Senate

Credit University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

An associate professor of history at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha says he's joining a growing Republican field in the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat.

Kevin Crow told The Associated Press on Friday that he is a candidate for the seat that is being vacated early by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Crow planned to formally announce his candidacy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Canadian Valley Technology Center in Chickasha.

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Oklahoma News
3:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Fallin Declares Lexington-Purcell Bridge Closure Emergency

Gov. Mary Fallin tours the closed James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River Friday.
Credit Governor Mary Fallin / Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency over the closure of a bridge that connects Lexington and Purcell.

Fallin declared the emergency Friday while touring the James. C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River. The bridge was closed last week after the discovery of several cracks in the bridge's truss beams. Officials declared the bridge unsafe and shut it down.

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World Views
2:09 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Reminders Of The Rwandan Genocide In France And Central African Republic

In 1994, 800,000 people were killed in 100 days of systematic slaughter. Many sites around Rwanda now stand as memorials to the genocide. Here, people's personal items are collected. Glasses, pens, rosaries, collected from those who were killed.
Credit configmanager / Flickr Creative Commons

Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified Rwanda as a former French colony.

During the Rwandan genocide, many suspected war criminals fled to Europe seeking safe haven, but now nearly two decades later, 2014 marks France’s first opening of a trial over the African country’s genocide.

The opened trials may not reveal much new about the systematic killing of ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderated by radical Hutus in 1994. Books on the genocide have been written, rivers of tears shed, and documentary films made. A U.N. war crimes tribunal and other courts have already sent dozens to prison — some for life.

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World Views
1:58 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Tenuous Order Threatens Central African Republic’s Stability

Burundi peacekeeping forces arrive in Central African Republic in December 2013 to work toward CAR security.
Credit Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas, USAF / US Army Africa / Flickr Creative Commons

Continued conflict in Central African Republic is troubling world leaders and international peacekeepers. Six thousand African peacekeepers have been deployed to try to control the chaos that has enveloped Central African Republic, alongside 1,600 French soldiers.

Peacekeeping forces, however, have failed to stop killings and violence between Christian majority and Muslim minority groups in the country. Multiple reports cite murders occurring in the presence of peacekeeping forces.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:38 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

What Oklahomans Need To Know About The Escalating Oil And Gas Tax Debate

Crews at work on a Helmerich & Payne drilling rig in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A tax credit for horizontal drilling expires next year, and, as we’ve reported, the looming deadline has spurred lawmakers to discuss overall changes to Oklahoma’s oil and gas tax policy.

A 7 percent tax is levied on most oil and gas production, but the Legislature in the ’90s created a tax credit for horizontal drilling that reduced those taxes to 1 percent for the first 48 months of production.

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The Two-Way
12:22 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Far Out Photo: Earth As 'Evening Star' Over Mars

From 99 million miles away on Mars, Earth is just a tiny dot in the evening sky.
NASA.gov

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 7:26 pm

Seeing a new photo taken by NASA's Curiosity rover of Earth in the night sky over Mars sent us through The Two-Way's back pages in search of other images of home taken from space.

Earth, the tiny bright spot above the Mars horizon, is so hard to see that it helps to also look at the version of the photo in which NASA has embedded a handy pointer. But perhaps Earth being just a tiny spot puts in perspective what it's like to be 99 million miles away.

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