Donates To Israeli Museum
1:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoman Donates Oldest Known Jewish Prayer Book

Example of ancient Jewish Prayer Book
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An Israeli museum has unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world.

The Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem says the prayer book has been carbon dated by three experts to 820 A.D. The book is written in Hebrew, contains about 50 pages and is still in its original binding. It went on public display for the first time Thursday.

The book was donated by Oklahoma businessman Steve Green, a devout Christian and owner of one of the largest collections of rare biblical artifacts in the world.

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Execution Set For Nov. 13
1:13 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Judge Doubts Execution Procedures And Retraining Can Be Done By November

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 A federal judge says he's concerned Oklahoma won't be able to give its execution team more training before three inmates are scheduled to be executed this fall.

Oklahoma recently said it would revamp its execution procedures and retrain its staff after condemned inmate Clayton Lockett took 43 minutes to die in April.

But 21 death row inmates said in a lawsuit that they still fear their executions could be cruel and violate their constitutional rights.

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10:55 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Visual Art 12X12, Chinese Culture, Vet Assistance And A Bike Ride For MS Entertain Your Week

A painting by 12x12 featured artist Nuthatch Atkinson.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) hosts its annual 12x12 Art Fundraiser at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City Friday, September 19.

The event features the work of 150 local artists in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics.

Each artist has one cubic foot of space to let his or her imagination run wild, giving collectors the opportunity to bid for each 12x12 piece in silent and blind auctions starting at $175 per work.

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9:16 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Four Of Five Oklahoma Congressmen Vote To Arm Syrian Rebels

Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation.
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U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation to vote against President Obama's request to train and arm rebels fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Bridenstine says that if the Islamic State is deemed a threat, the United States should "eliminate it," not train and arm rebels.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:39 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoma Oil And Gas Regulator Wrestles With Oversight Of Wind Industry

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Corporation Commission meetings are usually pretty dull, but the Sept. 11 technical conference on wind energy was standing room only. It was lively — and theatrical.

When Tammy Huffstutlar of Calumet took her turn at the microphone, she cued up recordings of whirring wind turbines to accompany her testimony.

“I don’t know if you can hear this or not, but this is my life,” she told Corporation Commissioners Dana Murphy and Bob Anthony, who presided over the meeting. “That’s why I’m here talking about property rights and regulation.”

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Oklahoma Watch
7:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

What Grade Did Your School Receive On Report Card?

Oklahoma Watch

Fewer schools are getting A’s and more are getting F's in the third round of Oklahoma’s A-F school report cards, released Wednesday.

According to the 2014 report:

  • 289 schools got an overall grade of A, down 22.5 percent from 2013
  • 473 got a B, down 5.5 percent
  • 504 got a C, up 6.3 percent
  • 299 got a D, up 12 percent
  • 200 got an F, up 18.5 percent
  • 30 did not get a grade this year, down from 31 last year.

The letter grades are based on student results on spring 2014 end-of-instruction tests in reading, English, writing, math, algebra, geometry, science, biology and U.S. history. This is the third year that letter grades have been issued.

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7:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoma Interfaith Leaders Speak Out Against Lawmaker's Islam Remarks

Oklahoma City University professor of Islamic Studies and Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City Imam Imad Enchassi speaking during a press conference Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
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Muslim, Christian and Jewish community leaders held a press conference Wednesday in front of the state Republican Party headquarters in Oklahoma City.

The speakers condemned comments by state Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw), who earlier this week called Muslims "a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out."

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Drought Blamed
4:45 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

City of Duncan's Water Supply Questionable

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Duncan has notified residents that the city's water supply has exceeded the maximum contaminant level of a chemical that's used to disinfect the water.

Public Works Director Scott Vaughn says the levels of trihalomethanes, or THMs, slightly exceed federal standards. THMs are a byproduct of the chlorine used to treat the water.

Vaughn says the city notified water customers this week in a letter. Vaughn tells the Duncan Banner that that people with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and those with infants should contact their doctors about drinking the city's water.

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State Board of Education
4:36 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Grades Are In On Oklahoma's Public Schools

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More than one quarter of Oklahoma's public schools received a grade of F or D on annual report cards released by the state Department of Education.

The State Board of Education gave final approval Wednesday to the letter grades, which are being posted on the department's website.

The report shows 16 percent of Oklahoma schools received A grades, 26 percent received a B, 28 percent got a C, 17 percent a D, and 11 percent received an F. Nearly 30 schools, or 2 percent, did not receive a letter grade.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:32 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The 2014 Americana Music Honors & Awards

The finale of the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards show.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 10:32 am

The 13th annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show took place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

Americana figurehead Jim Lauderdale hosted the evening, backed by a house band featuring Buddy Miller, Don Was, Joachim Cooder, Tim Lauer, The McCrary Sisters, Brady Blade, and Ry Cooder.

Below is a list of artists who performed, as well as a list of the 2014 nominees.

Featured Performers

Loretta Lynn

Jason Isbell

Jackson Browne

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