Oklahoma Watch
7:37 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Sex Education Varies Among Oklahoma School Districts

Credit Miraceti / Wikimedia Commons

CORRECTION: The original version of this story from Oklahoma Watch incorrectly stated that Putnam City Public Schools requires all freshman boys and girls at its three high schools who don't opt out to attend health forums about abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases. The health forums are held only at Putnam City North High School.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:29 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Earthquakes No Danger To Cushing Oil Hub, Energy Officials Say

A crude oil tank farm in Cushing, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Cushing oil hub is crowded with hulking oil tanks, miles of pipeline and countless pumps, compressors and other equipment used to ferry around the roughly 80 million barrels of crude stored there.

Oklahoma has experienced a swarm of earthquakes, which seismologists say might be triggered by disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, and it’s not hard to imagine the havoc a little earth-shaking might have on the high-profile oil hub.

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It's All Politics
5:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Governors Gone Wild: A Recent History

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his wife, Maureen, listens during a Tuesday news conference in Richmond, Va.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 11:58 pm

In the annals of corrupt governors, former Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell's place remains to be seen.

He was indicted along with his wife Tuesday for allegedly taking illegal gifts, vacations and loans while in office, but the governor says he's innocent.

Either way, in light of the allegations against McDonnell, the first governor in Virginia history to face felony charges, we thought we'd take a look back at other examples of gubernatorial bad behavior in recent decades that resulted in fines, probation or even a prison stint.

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"exploring the possibliity of running"
6:22 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Two Democrats May Run For Lankford's Seat

Representative Anastasia Pittman
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Two Democratic state legislators say they're considering the race for the U.S. House seat in Oklahoma City.

State Sen. Al McAffrey and Rep. Anastasia Pittman both told The Associated Press on Wednesday they are exploring the possibility of running.

The 5th District seat has been held for four years by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford, who said Monday he plans to run for the U.S. Senate.

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Must Be Ready By Feb. 3
5:24 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Fallin Still Working On Details Of Budget

Credit ok.gov

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin says she'll outline plans for what she calls an affordable income tax cut during next month's State of the State speech, despite a projected $170 million revenue shortfall next fiscal year.

Fallin said Wednesday the details are still being worked out, but will be included in her executive budget presented to lawmakers on Feb. 3 at the start of the legislative session.

The governor must present a balanced budget to lawmakers based on about $6.96 billion in revenues the state is expected to collect next fiscal year.

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World Views
2:26 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Oklahoma City Non-Profit Brings Local Language Instruction To West Africa

Students of the La'Angum Learning Center in the remote East Mamprusi district of Ghana.
Credit Alice Iddi-Gubbels / PAMBE Ghana

Alice Iddi-Gubbels grew up in northeastern Ghana - the oldest of 17 children and one of the first from her rural village of Bongbini to attend school.

English is the country’s official language, but most of Ghana’s rural population only speaks one of the dozens of local languages. But Iddi-Gubbels started school in an era when educators thrust unfamiliar English-only instruction upon students.

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Oklahoma News
12:54 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

SLIDESHOW: No Evidence Of Shots Fired At OU

Tactical units respond to a report of a shooting on the University of Oklahoma campus.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Updated at 2:06 p.m.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says a joint tactical force comprising Norman and OU Police have found no evidence shots were fired on the campus Wednesday morning.

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10:19 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Analysis: Why Syria's Assad Heads To Geneva From A Position Of Strength

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KGOU's "World Views" contributor Joshua Landis is one of this country's leading Syria watchers. In this piece for Al Jazeera America, he assesses the likely outcome of the "Geneva II" Middle East peace talks.
Syrian troops celebrate as they take the village of Haydariya on May 13 as part of a push to cut supply lines to their opponents in the strategic Qusayr area of Homs province.
Transportation
8:57 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Weight Limits Placed On Damaged Lexington-Purcell Bridge

The James C. Nance bridge connects Lexington and Purcell in Cleveland County.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

Officials have restricted the weight limit on a bridge in Cleveland County after discovering significant damage to the span.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says damage was discovered during an inspection Monday to the James C. Nance bridge over the Canadian River connecting Lexington to Purcell. The Norman Transcript reports that the weight limit was initially dropped to five tons, but officials increased it to 16 tons on Tuesday.

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Parallels
7:37 am
Wed January 22, 2014

What's At Stake In The Syrian Peace Conference

A man runs with a child after an attack Tuesday in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Activists said President Bashar Assad's military carried out an airstrike.
Ammar Abdullah Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 8:34 am

With a major push from the U.S., a new Syrian peace conference opened Wednesday in Switzerland, the first such effort since the middle of 2012. It wasn't easy getting everyone there, and it will be harder still to achieve a breakthrough.

Here are a few key things to know about the conference:

1. What's the goal?

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