Indian Times
8:51 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Urges Native Americans To Debunk Their Own Myths

Dean Harroz, Justice Sotomayor, President Boren, OU Regent Burgess
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to the University of Oklahoma last week to speak at the OU School of Law. One of the last questions came from a Choctaw student who greeted her in Choctaw.

"Halito, (words in Choctaw) yakoke. As Professor Tai said, my name is Kelbie Kennedy and I'm a proud citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma,” said Kennedy. “I am so glad that you are preserving your native language. It’s so important for people in your generation to do that, thank you for attempting and succeeding obviously!” Sotomayor said.

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Oklahoma Watch
6:01 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

Unspoken: Political Ties of Expert Witness at Executions Hearing

East Central University professor Michael Copeland speaks to members of the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
Credit Scott Carter / Oklahoma Watch

State Rep. Mike Christian told a House committee Tuesday that he favors dropping lethal injection and instead using an inert gas, such as nitrogen or helium, to execute condemned prisoners.

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Oklahoma Watch
5:48 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

'Staggering' Caseloads for Prosecutors

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Oklahoma district attorneys are speaking in frustration over what they say is a severe underfunding of their offices in the face of "staggering" caseloads.

At its Thursday meeting, the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council unveiled a draft   proposal to seek a significant increase in appropriations from the Legislature. The council also handed out the draft of a fact sheet with dramatic figures and statements.

“Caseloads of prosecutors are staggering, leaving insufficient time for legal review, meeting with victims and case preparation,” the fact sheet said.

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Environment
5:30 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

EPA And Oklahoma Mark Cleanup Phase At Superfund Site

Bristow residents packed the public library during a January 2014 town-hall meeting, where officials from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency explained the Superfund cleanup process and answered questions.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state officials will commemorate the end of major cleanup efforts of some 3,000 yards, parks, driveways and alleyways in nine communities that lie in or near the Tar Creek Superfund site.

But some environmental agencies say it could take decades longer before the area in northeastern Oklahoma is completely remediated.

Monday's event in Ottawa County will mark the $60 million remediation work done in the towns of Afton, Commerce, Fairland, Miami, Narcissa, North Miami, Peoria, Quapaw and Wyandotte.

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Education
5:21 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

School Officials Say A-F Grades Are Incomplete

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School districts in Edmond, Moore and Norman outperformed others in the Oklahoma City area on the latest A-F report cards.

But school officials say the grades — even the good ones — are incomplete.

Statistics provided by the state Education Department indicate all 23 schools in the Edmond district received a grade of A or B, while 74 percent of Moore district schools and 55 percent of Norman district schools scored A's or B's.

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Business and Economy
10:50 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Oklahoma City Oil Producer Unveils New Formation

A new formation in south-central Oklahoma could elevate the state as an oil producer.
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An Oklahoma City-based oil producer has unveiled a new formation in south-central Oklahoma that its CEO says will elevate the state as an oil producer.

Continental Resources, Inc., says western Oklahoma's Springer Shale deposit is in the heart of the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province, Continental's last big discovery.

CEO Harold Hamm says the Springer and other new Oklahoma oil deposits will elevate the state as an oil producer. Hamm says Oklahoma is on track to surpass California and Alaska to become the nation's third-largest oil producer.

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Oklahoma News
10:41 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Authorities Investigate Fatal Oklahoma Plane Crash

Authorities are investigating the crash in Okmulgee County of lone pilot flying a Cessna 172.
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Authorities are investigating the cause of an airplane crash in Okmulgee County that killed the only person on board.

Officials say the body of the plane's pilot, Gene Thompson of Tulsa, was found in the wreckage following Friday's crash.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says plane crashed outside the town of Preston in Okmulgee County. Preston is about five miles north of Okmulgee.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:31 am
Sun September 21, 2014

In Pursuit Of Breakthroughs In State’s Mental Health Struggles

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Four out of five people who kill themselves in Oklahoma are men.

Law enforcement officers are only beginning to learn how to deal properly with the mentally ill.

Society as a whole, including the medical field, often fails to see the relationship between mental and physical health, leading to tragic outcomes.

Those were among the key messages imparted at a mental health gathering in Tulsa on Thursday and Friday attended by nearly 700 people, including advocates, funders and professionals in mental health and law enforcement.

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Manager's Desk
7:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

The KGOU Challenge

KGOU

September 21, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

With so much going on throughout the world and right here in Oklahoma, the KGOU staff works to bring you news, talk and entertainment programs that help you make sense of it all.

As we encourage you to provide the financial support necessary to keep these programs available on KGOU, we’re spreading the word on social media. Here’s the KGOU Challenge:

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Labor Force Fell by 5,950
5:36 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Slight Rise In Unemployment In Oklahoma

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Oklahoma officials say the state's unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.7 percent in August, up from 4.6 percent in July.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that the civilian labor force fell by 5,950, total employment declined by 6,750 and the number of unemployed rose by 790.

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