ecapitol
2:30 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Oklahoma Youths Not Fit For Military

The majority of Oklahoma youths are unfit for military duty, according to a recent study.
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Nearly three out of four young Oklahomans are ineligible for military service for reasons related to obesity, lack of education or having a criminal record, a new study shows.

That percentage of ineligibility is the 14th highest in the country. The report was published by Mission: Readiness, a group composed of 450 retired generals and admirals who are championing the White House’s nutrition reform efforts as a way to combat obesity.

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The Two-Way
10:31 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Obama At U.N.: World Risks Being Caught In 'Undertow Of Instability'

President Obama addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:54 am

President Obama told a gathering of the U.N. General Assembly today that the world is living in "pervasive unease" from such crises as terrorism, expansionism and the Ebola epidemic. He challenged the world body to fix the international system or risk being "pulled back by an undertow of instability."

"We come together at a crossroads between war and peace, between disorder and integration, between fear and hope," the president told member nations at U.N. headquarters in New York.

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Politics and Government
8:44 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Most Oklahoma Primary Money Supported Attack Ads

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An analysis of television advertising in this year's primary races in Oklahoma shows that nearly two of every three dollars spent on TV advertising in the state school superintendent race were spent attacking candidates.

The analysis by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity shows about $3.9 million was spent on television advertising through Sept. 8 for state-level offices, including superintendent, governor, corporation commissioner and state legislative races. That's an increase from about $3.3 million spent during a comparable period in 2010.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:32 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Meth Deaths Climb In Oklahoma Despite Lab Shutdowns

OBN officers serve an arrest warrant in Lindsay in December related to a probe into distribution of Mexican meth.
Oklahoma Watch

Although fewer numbers of methamphetamine labs are being discovered across the state, the number of meth-related overdose deaths continues to rise.

Last year, 167 people died of meth-related overdoses, while 421 labs were shut down by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. That compares with 140 deaths and 830 lab busts in 2012.

The number of meth-related overdose deaths has been climbing for years. The number of lab discoveries grew to match them until 2012.

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Education
7:52 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Oklahoma To Join Civics Education Initiative

Sandra Day OConnor started the Civics Education Initiative.
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Oklahoma is one of seven states joining the push to add a civics exam requirement, despite efforts to try to reduce state-mandated testing in public schools.

Last week, state leaders -- among them Attorney General Scott Pruitt and U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn -- announced the state would join the Civics Education Initiative, an organized campaign to get every state to enact a civics test requirement by Sept. 17, 2017 -- the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

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Police Militarization
7:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Militarization Of Oklahoma Police Departments, Sheriffs And Schools

The militarization of Oklahoma law enforcement agencies has spread to universities, state agencies and a school district.

More than 1,500 purchases have been made by those organizations since 1995.  The most purchased items include M-14 and M-16 assault rifles, shotguns and .45 caliber handguns.

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Animal Rights Groups Condemn Practice
6:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Inhofe Criticized For Fundraiser Pigeon Shoot

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U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is facing criticism from animal rights groups over a fundraiser he held earlier this month in which live pigeons were thrown into the air for participants to shoot out of the sky.

Illinois-based Showing Animals Respect and Kindness released video on Tuesday that shows dozens of pigeons being killed by shotgun wielding participants, including Inhofe.

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Launching Final Push For Signatures
5:17 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Take Shelter Oklahoma Not Giving Up The Fight

Credit Take Shelter Oklahoma

Supporters of an initiative petition to place storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school say they are short of the number of signatures required to put the measure on a statewide ballot with just four weeks left to gather them.

Attorney David Slane said Tuesday that Take Shelter Oklahoma is launching a final push to get the signatures of about 155,000 registered voters needed to get the measure on the ballot. Slane says the organization has an Oct. 20 deadline to turn the petitions in to the Secretary of State.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Tue September 23, 2014

More Americans Favor Mixing Religion And Politics, Survey Says

President Obama closes his eyes as a prayer is offered at the National Prayer Breakfast in February in Washington, D.C.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:14 pm

Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe religious influence on life in the U.S. is waning and nearly half think that churches and other houses of worship should play a greater role in the national discourse on social and political matters, according to a new Pew study.

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10:02 am
Tue September 23, 2014

The Facts Of Oklahoma City

Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, New York's World Trade Center has been ground zero for terror-attack remembrances in the U.S. (with the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., a distant second and third). That's understandable. But one of the unintended consequences of the 9/11 focus has been the marginalization of the site of America's other major terrorist attack: Oklahoma City in 1995.
That may be about to change. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has reopened after an extensive $8 million refurbishing and expansion that includes 19 new interactive stations and 1,100 additional artifacts, including never-before-seen forensic evidence released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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