Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:42 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Moore's Rush To Rebuild Left Hundreds Of Homes With A Lesser Building Code

The City of Moore's Shane Speegle inspects one home that is subject to the city's newer, more stringent building code.
Kate Carlton Greer Oklahoma Tornado Project

This March, Moore, Oklahoma became the first city in the nation to adopt a tornado-specific building code. City officials wanted homes to be able to withstand an EF-2 or EF-3 tornado.

But six months after the new regulations took effect, it turns out not all new homes built in the tornado’s path will have these upgrades.

Last week, on a block near Moore’s rebuilt Plaza Towers Elementary School, city official Shane Speegle walked through one house that had just been framed to check the progress.

Read more
Manager's Desk
5:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Review Of KGOU's Revenue

Support Public Radio
Credit Hey Paul Studio / Creative Commons

September 14, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

The KGOU revenue budget is a delicate mixture of revenues.

Eighteen percent of KGOU’s cash comes from the University of Oklahoma, and another 10 percent from our annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This fiscal year, just three percent of the revenue comes from a special grant from CPB for Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project – a project that ends on September 30.

Read more
It's All Politics
1:24 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

President Obama's plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic state poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.
Saul Loeb AP

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 2:47 pm

President Obama arguably won the Democratic primary in 2008 because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war. Now he's arguing he doesn't need congressional approval to ramp up a bombing campaign in Iraq and expand air strikes into Syria.

Read more
The Two-Way
7:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Vikings Star Peterson Indicted On Child Abuse Charges

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 5:58 am

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on child abuse charges in Texas, the AP is reporting, quoting his attorney Rusty Harding.

The news was first reported by MyFox Houston 26 and TMZ.

Read more
Indian Times
8:16 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Native American Pioneer In Medicine Recognized

Credit Dr. Everett Rhoades

The first Native American to head the Indian Health Service was a rarity, one of the earliest Indian doctors in the country, and it was a bit lonely.

“I only knew of two Indian physicians accidentally, the famous Dr. Taylor McKenzie, the late great Navajo leader, Taylor McKenzie and another individual whom I didn't know but knew of, named Thomas St. Germaine Whitecloud, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewas,” Dr. Everett Rhoades said.

Read more
Victims Rights
6:27 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Parents Of Woman Killed Propose New Law To Help Victims And Their Families

Credit Philip Larson / Flickr.com

The parents of a woman killed in 2011 are proposing a new law to protect Oklahoma workers from termination or demotion if they attend court hearings in support of their loved ones.

Michael Taylor, father of victim Ashley Taylor, says his daughter's namesake law would strengthen the rights victims have.

He says while Oklahoma currently assures victims' families they have right to attend court and calls on employers to minimize an employee's loss of pay and other benefits resulting from court appearances, it doesn't specify what protections that worker has.

Read more
Death Penalty
6:14 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Study Looks At Alternatives To Lethal Injection Executions

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma would become the first state to execute condemned inmates using nitrogen gas to asphyxiate them under a proposal that will be presented next week to a legislative committee.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian says he will unveil details of the plan Tuesday during an interim study of the House Judiciary Committee and that he plans to introduce a bill next year.

Read more
5:12 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

University of Oklahoma Kicks Off $500 Million Campaign

The University of Oklahoma is raising $500 million for its 125th anniversary, set for December 2015.
Credit Tyler Arbogast / Wikimedia Commons

University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren today announced a half-billion-dollar campaign to fund new scholarships, laboratories, classroom upgrades and other programs.

The “Live On, University” campaign will culminate at OU’s 125th anniversary, December of 20-15. President Boren said the new scholarships will keep students from being burdened with debt.

Read more
World Views
1:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

President Obama's ISIS Plan: How Realistic Is It?

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House hours before his national address, Sept. 10, 2014.
Pete Souza The White House

Syria, Russia, and Iran have condemned the plan to lead a broad coalition against the Islamic State President Obama outlined Wednesday night, stating that without a UN resolution U.S. action in Syria would be an act of aggression and in violation of international law.

Read more
World Views
10:38 am
Fri September 12, 2014

As Independence Referendum Approaches, All Eyes On Scotland

Màrtainn MacDhòmhnaill Wikimedia Commons

Tensions are high as the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence grows closer. With polls showing massive gains by Scottish nationalists in recent weeks, the outcome of Thursday’s vote is too close to call.

The referendum is attracting a huge amount of attention in Scotland where a record 97% of adults have registered to vote. This figure includes 16- and 17-year-olds who are now eligible to vote for the first time. And everyone has an opinion.

Read more