Politics and Government
4:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Judge Rules Ten Commandments Monument To Stay On State Capitol Grounds

An Oklahoma County judge says a granite monument of the Ten Commandments can stay on the grounds of the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Credit bungasagadue / Flickr.com

 

An Oklahoma County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenges a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.

District Judge Thomas Prince granted Friday the motion filed by the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission.

The lawsuit alleged the monument violates the state constitution's ban against using public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."

Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, which filed the lawsuit last year, say they will appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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World Views
1:19 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Obama, UN Commit To Fighting Growing Ebola Threat

On Tuesday President Obama warned of the growing global threat posed by the deadly Ebola epidemic sweeping across Africa and announced a new plan to combat the virus.

“If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us,” President Obama said in his speech at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:44 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Watch Al Jazeera’s Video On Oklahoma Drilling And ‘Far From Normal’ Earthquakes

Al Jazeera Plus produced a 10-minute video on Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm, which included interviews with worried residents and activists and explored some of the science that has linked the seismic surge to wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry. 

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Code Switch
10:20 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Is Corporal Punishment Abuse? Why That's A Loaded Question

Adrian Peterson (right) was ordered to stay away from his team, the Minnesota Vikings, while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 12:10 pm

Over the past week, Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' all-world running back and one of the NFL's biggest stars, has become the face of corporal punishment in America. Peterson turned himself in to police over the weekend on charges of child abuse after he allegedly hit his son with a switch that left welts on his body.

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Education
9:15 am
Fri September 19, 2014

University Of Oklahoma Regents Approve Three Storm Shelters For Norman Campus

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents has approved a plan to build three above-ground storm shelters on the Norman campus.

The regents agreed to several construction proposals during its Thursday meeting, according to the Tulsa World.

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Politics
7:32 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:57 am

This week on Capitol Hill, a proposal to aid Syrian rebels got all the drama, while the larger government funding bill it was attached to barely got mention. But that spending package is quite similar to the one that led to the government shutdown in October — most notably, it still funds the Affordable Care Act. Yet this year, talk of a government shutdown was virtually nonexistent.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:35 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Finding A Way To Finish AICCM Could Be On Hold Until After November Elections

Boosters of the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum are hopeful the coming election and legislative session could bring the funds to finish the project.
Credit American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

Time stretches on for the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum near downtown Oklahoma City. The silvery struts jut up into the sky, the grass grows on the Cahokia-style mound and the river runs past the site, just north of the intersection of Interstates 40 and 35.

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Four Tribal Museums Included
6:24 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Seven Oklahoma Museums Receive Grant Money

Credit Marc Carlson / Flickr.com

Seven Oklahoma museums have received more than $479,000 in grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Nov. 7
4:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

"Ancestry Day" Will Showcase Oklahoma History and Culture

Credit Susan Shannon

The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society along with Ancestry.com are presenting two days of genealogy and Native culture in November.

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World Views
3:51 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

How Paul Polak Uses Economic Principles To Fight Poverty

When Paul Polak visited Bangladesh for the first time he did what he says people with humanitarian aims don’t do enough. He asked the residents what they needed.

“They quickly told me in Bangladesh that they were poor because they made most of their money from farming on small one-acre farms,” Polack says. “And what they needed most to earn more income was affordable irrigation.”

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