Parallels
4:27 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol Apprehending Fewer Central Americans

A man looks out towards the US from the Mexican side of the border fence that divides the two countries in San Diego. The U.S. Border Patrol says it has seen about a 60 percent drop in the number of Central Americans apprehended at the border.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 8:51 pm

The number of Central American children and families being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border has dropped dramatically in recent months, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. There has been a 60 percent decline in apprehensions of minors since the record numbers making the illegal trek earlier this summer.

A lot of factors may be contributing to the dramatic drop, including heavy rains along the migrant route and media campaigns in home countries dispelling rumors that kids can stay in the U.S.

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Manager's Desk
5:05 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Whad'Ya Know? And The Fall Membership Drive

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Next month, October, is going to be a very busy month as it always is. Now despite all the football, football, football -- we have one annual event at KGOU and a special event this year.

Of course, the annual event is the annual fall membership drive. It will be situated between football Saturdays so there is no reason not to participate. Click here to make your donation.

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Around the Nation
3:16 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

In Cities Across Texas, Activists Battle Billboard Companies

More than 350 towns and cities in Texas have banned new billboards, but billboards companies are still pressing for new and taller signs.
John Burnett

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 2:09 pm

Language warning: This story contains words some may find offensive.

The Highway Beautification Act will be 50 years old next year. As envisioned by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, it was supposed to protect the natural landscape from billboards.

Ever since its passage, scenic activists and billboard companies have been at war over the views along American highways. The outdoor advertising industry says its signs are informational, and helpful to local businesses. Open-space advocates call them "sky trash" and "litter on a stick."

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Politics and Government
12:44 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Oklahoma Among 17 States In Same-Sex Marriage Case

Oklahoma is one of 17 states asking for a ruling on gay marriage.
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Oklahoma and 16 other states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the U.S. Constitution includes a right to same-sex marriage.

The states are asking the nation's highest court to take up challenges to gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah. The states say there are 89 ongoing legal cases throughout the nation challenging traditional marriage laws. Another four have been recently decided.

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National Security
9:49 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Henry Kissinger's Thoughts On The Islamic State, Ukraine And 'World Order'

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger celebrates his 90th birthday, last year in Berlin. In a recent interview with Scott Simon, he gave his thoughts on ISIS, Ukraine and Iran.
Gero Breloer AP

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 10:21 am

Henry Kissinger was a Harvard scholar before he became a mover and shaker in the world of foreign policy. And in his new book, World Order, the former secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford gives a historian's perspective on the idea of order in world affairs.

Nations are always trying to establish systems to make the world a more orderly place, but they rarely last for long. His book stretches from China under the emperors, Rome surrounded by barbarians and Islam encircled by infidels, to the treaties of Europe and the pivotal positions of Russia and Iran.

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Indian Times
9:33 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Tribal And Food Sovereignty Subjects Of Two Conferences This Week In Okmulgee

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Sovereignty and food aren’t two words usually heard together.

“Food sovereignty in a nutshell means the rights that we have to not only grow and procure our own food but also to have access to water, land and resources to grow our own food,” Brenda Golden said.

Golden is a policy analyst for the Muscogee Creek Nation and a longtime native rights activist. The two back to back conferences next week are close to her heart and she takes pride in the fact that her tribe will be host.

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Sexual Assaults Have Increased
5:35 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

OSU Makes List Of Schools Under Federal Investigation

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Freshmen are descending on college campuses and perhaps unknowingly entering the "red zone" — a period until Thanksgiving during which they are most vulnerable to sexual assault.

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Cherokee Nation Veterans Center
3:54 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Cherokee Nation Honors Its Veterans With New Display

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The Cherokee Nation is honoring its veterans with new displays at the tribe's veterans center.

Newly installed displays at the Tahlequah-based Cherokee Nation Veterans Center feature tributes to Lt. Jack C. Montgomery and Adm. Joseph J. Clark. They are two of the most highly decorated Cherokee citizens to have ever served in the U.S. military.

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National Defense
2:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Senator Inhofe Wants Resolution To Combat Islamic State Militants

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
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The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is pushing to give the president authority to use all necessary force against Islamic state militants in Iraq and Syria.

Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is circulating a draft of a resolution to authorize military force and is seeking bipartisan support as Congress returns to Washington next week.

The resolution also forces the president to submit a strategy to Congress within 60 days on how to defeat the Islamic State group.

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Oklahoma Watch
1:26 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Can Foreign Countries Teach Oklahoma A Lesson About Education?

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How did Finland, South Korea and Poland become international leaders in education? How can the United States and Oklahoma learn from their models?

That question and ways to improve the teaching profession were the main topics of a “Teachers Matter” forum held in Oklahoma City Thursday. Speakers included author and journalist Amanda Ripley, teacher of the year Peter Markes, Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu and Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard. The event was organized by Stand for Children, which advocates for stronger schools.

Ripley’s book, “The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way,” features an Oklahoma high school student who studied abroad in Finland, and it looks at what other nations have done with improve education.

Here are 10 key takeaways from the discussion:

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