Politics and Government
1:05 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Oklahoma Senator Coburn Has Recurrence Of Cancer

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
Credit U.S. Senate

A spokesman for Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says the lawmaker has had a recurrence of prostate cancer and is undergoing further evaluation and treatment.

Spokesman John Hart said in a brief statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the 65-year-old Republican will be out for the rest of the week but will be back "as soon as he's able, hopefully next week."

Coburn was treated for the same thing in 2011 and returned to work within days. He's also survived malignant melanoma and colon cancer.

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World Views
12:14 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Economic Lessons Europe Learned (Or Didn’t Learn) During The 20th Century

People walk past the former barrier between East and West Berlin after the Fall of Berlin Wall in November 1989.
Credit Raphaël Thiémard / Flickr Creative Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Boston University historian Jonathan Zatlin.

Allied powers divided war-torn Germany into four zones of occupation after World War II, with three of those zones uniting in 1949 to form what became known as West Germany.

The Soviet Union controlled the fourth zone, and East Germany remained within the Eastern Bloc’s sphere of influence for the next four decades.

Boston University modern European historian Jonathan Zatlin says the divided nation served as a tripwire for all the tensions of the Cold War, and that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin worried a united Germany posed a security risk.

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Oklahoma Watch
11:31 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Hospitals: Patients Eligible For Free Care Fail To Complete Paperwork

Wagoner Community Hospital
Credit Wagoner County Economic Development Authority / State of Oklahoma

At least 40 nonprofit or government-owned hospitals in Oklahoma spent less than 1 percent of their net patient revenues caring for those who couldn’t afford to pay their medical bills, records show.

The data, obtained by Oklahoma Watch and analyzed and reported with the Tulsa World, covers 2011 and 2012. Some hospitals reported spending below 1 percent during both years while only one year of data was available for others.

Most of the hospitals with charity care below 1 percent had negative operating margins but a few did not.

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Native American
10:05 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Oklahoma Movie Up For Top Native American Film Prize

A still from the movie, "The Cherokee Word for Water."
Credit http://www.cw4w.com/#about-the-film

An Oklahoma-based film is up for several awards at a film festival celebrating Native Americans.

"The Cherokee Word for Water" is one of several films nominated at the 10th annual Red Nation Film Festival and Awards Show. The festival honors individuals or groups supporting Native Americans through film, television or network productions. The film has earned a nomination for best picture.

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Common Core
9:47 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Common Core Losing Ground Among Some Oklahoma Lawmakers

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Parents, teachers and other education officials are expected to voice their concerns over a set of public education principles known as common core state standards.

A legislative hearing will be held Tuesday before a House committee on common core. There is growing opposition, especially among conservatives, to the standards that were approved in 2010 and are now being implemented by Oklahoma school districts.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Book News: Mozambican Writer Wins Neustadt Prize, 'America's Nobel'

Mia Couto received the Camoes Prize, the most important literary award for the Portuguese language, in June.
Francisco Seco AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 6:17 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
8:48 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Bangladesh Sentences 152 Soldiers To Die Over Mutiny

A Bangladeshi border guard cries inside a prison van as he leaves a special court after a verdict in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday. The court sentenced 152 people to death for a 2009 mutiny by disgruntled border guards who killed dozens of military commanders during a brutal, two-day uprising.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 7:44 am

A court in Bangladesh has handed down the death penalty for 152 soldiers in connection with a mutiny by border guards in 2009.

The Associated Press says that "the sentences followed a mass trial involving 846 defendants — a process criticized by a human rights group who said it was not credible and that at least 47 suspects died in custody."

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Report Cards On Schools
6:29 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Fallin Says Educator Criticism Could Affect Next Year's School Funding

Gov. Mary Fallin
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin says criticism from educators of Oklahoma'  A-F grading of schools is unproductive and could affect funding for public  schools next year. 

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz told the Tulsa World that  the criticism cripples Fallin's ability to make the case to the public and to lawmakers that increased funding can help improve schools and student performance.   

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Growing Prison Population
4:29 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Department Of Corrections Looking For Increase In Budget

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is seeking an additional $31.5 million in next year's budget to help manage the state's growing prison population.

With the increase, the agency is seeking about $495 million in funding for fiscal year 2015. The department says the money would be used to pay for a growing number of offenders who are placed in private prisons.

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It's All Politics
2:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Employment Non-Discrimination Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., at a 2011 news conference on Capitol Hill. On Monday, Heller announced his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:59 pm

Update at 6:47 p.m. Senate Passes Bill:

With a vote of 61-30, the Senate voted to move forward on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The vote Monday opens the floor to debate on the bill and the Senate is expected to schedule a full vote by week's end.

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