State Capitol
10:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Terrill Out On Bond Awaiting Bribery Conviction Appeal

Former state Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

An Oklahoma County judge says a former state lawmaker convicted of bribery can remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction.

District Judge Cindy Truong set a $10,000 bond Wednesday for former Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore. Truong ordered Terrill to surrender his passport and not leave the state. He must also wear an electronic monitoring device and avoid contact with witnesses in the case.

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State Capitol
9:58 am
Thu October 31, 2013

New Laws Include Oklahoma Driver's License Cost Hike

Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety

Oklahoma drivers will have to pay an extra $12 for a license renewal under one of about 240 new laws signed by the governor and scheduled to take effect on Friday.

Among the others are three abortion-related laws, one that allows convicted criminals to seek a DNA test to prove their innocence, and another that expands the practice of noodling, or fishing by hand. Other bill topics include criminal penalties, pensions, elections, and the regulation of various professions.

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Native American
9:23 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Osage Nation Chief Counters Legislative Accusations

Osage Chief John Red Eagle
Credit Louise Red Corn / Bigheart Times

The Osage Nation principal chief is firing back at allegations made by a tribal congressional committee, which has recommended his ouster.

Osage Principal Chief John Red Eagle filed a three-page response Wednesday to a report filed earlier in the week by the Osage Congress' Select Committee of Inquiry.

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8:14 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The Phone That Helped Andy Carvin Report the Arab Spring is Now in the Smithsonian

Lead in text: 
NPR's Andy Carvin used social media to confirm reports coming from the Arab Spring. The iPhone he used for his coverage is now a part of the American History Museum.
Andy Carvin is a man of many titles-"digital media anchor," "real-time news DJ" and "online community organizer," to name a few-but the one he is most comfortable with is "storyteller."
It's All Politics
7:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Thursday Political Mix: For Obama, Halloween Comes Everyday

Pumpkins with likenesses of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on display at Madame Tussauds in New York, October 22, 2013.
EMMANUEL DUNAND AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 8:35 am

Happy Halloween, fellow political junkies.

It was predictable that President Obama would face more political tricks than treats as a re-elected president than he did as a new one if only because, unlike his first term, he started his second with a Republican House largely hostile to him and his agenda.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Syria's Chemical Weapons Facilities Destroyed, Watchdog Says

In the northern Syrian city of Aleppo last month, there was a class about how to protect against chemical weapons attacks.
J.M. Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 9:15 am

A key deadline in the quest to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its chemical weapons has been met, according to international observers.

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U.S. Commutes: The Way We Get To Work
7:14 am
Thu October 31, 2013

For A New Kind Of Commute, Some Eye The Sky

Orangutans can get exercise and look down their noses at zoo visitors, thanks to cables that stretch from one side of the primate habitat to the other.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:21 pm

This story is part of a series on commuting in America.

Orangutans Kiko, Iris and Batang have a short commute — only about 500 feet between the buildings at the National Zoo where they sleep and pass their days. But it's a tricky trip.

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The Salt
7:26 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Soylent: An Offbeat Food Idea Investors Are Taking Seriously

There are people who'd rather not eat food? Yes. And Silicon Valley investors are betting they'll buy Soylent.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 2:18 pm

Back in April, we described Rob Rhinehart's experiment concocting something that could give him all the nutrition and none of the hassle of food.

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Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
6:27 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Aerospace And Aviation Organizations Receive Grant Money

Plane Flown By Tuskegee Airmen In WWII
Credit Tony's Place / Flickr.com

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has awarded $57,500 to several organizations in the Oklahoma City metro area that teach youth about aerospace and aviation.

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School Report Cards
10:18 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Losing Confidence: A-F Grading System Dogs Oklahoma Education Dept.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

A state Department of Education spokeswoman says "sniping" over the controversial A-F school grading system needs to stop because parents deserve better.

Spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton's comments came in response to Broken Arrow Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall's recent call for school leaders statewide to move on a vote of "no confidence" in State Superintendent Janet Barresi.

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