World Views
12:02 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

After Second Beheading, Still No Strategy To Combat Islamic State

President Obama delivers an update on the situation and U.S. position on Iraq - August 7, 2014.
The White House YouTube

Outrage at the Islamic State (ISIS) grew again this week with the brutal killing of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.

In statement following the killing, President Obama vowed to degrade and destroy the Islamic State. However, the United States still has no clear plan for how to do so.

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World Views
11:39 am
Fri September 5, 2014

How Arabic’s Three Dozen Dialects Help (And Hinder) Middle East Peace

Francesco_G Flickr Creative Commons

The beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the radical group the Islamic State, and continued tensions in Gaza reignite long-standing questions about why there’s so much tumult in the region.

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World Views
10:55 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Conditional Ceasefire Reached In Eastern Ukraine

Insurgents in Donetsk.
Andrew Butko Wikimedia Commons

The Ukrainian Government announced Friday it signed a preliminary protocol to start a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels.

Brokered by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Minsk, Belarus, the ceasefire went into effect at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. Central). Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed the agreement on Twitter:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:51 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Fallin Optimistic, But Touches On Earthquakes And Drought At Energy Conference

Gov. Mary Fallin and Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague at the Governor's Energy Conference Thursday in Oklahoma CIty.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Politicians, agency leaders and energy industry executives gathered in Oklahoma City Thursday for the Governor’s Energy Conference.

The annual event is largely promotional, but it also serves as a preview of the biggest energy policy topics for the coming year.

There were presentations on new technology that generates energy from trash, optimistic presentations on jobs and Oklahoma’s oil and gas boom, and discussions about wind turbines and crude exports.

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Oklahoma News
8:39 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Muslim Group Wants Apology For Lawmaker's Facebook Post, State GOP Disagrees

Credit Facebook

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants state Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) to apologize for saying people should be wary of those who are “Muslim American” in a Facebook post.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Hiring Slows In August, But Unemployment Dips To 6.1 Percent

A chart showing the number of jobs added by U.S. employers since January of 2004.
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 10:46 am

The August jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a mixed one: It shows that hiring slowed in August, but the unemployment rate dipped a tenth of a percent.

Here are the two big numbers:

-- The economy added 142,000 jobs; way below the 200,000 level needed to continue pushing down the unemployment rate and way below that of the previous six months.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:28 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Lawton Moves To Stricter Water Rationing As Lake Levels Continue To Drop

The dam at Lake Ellsworth in January 2014.
duggar11 Flickr Creative Commons

Last week, the city council in Duncan discussed moving to Stage 4 water rationing, which would limit outdoor watering to just one day per week. Now, officials in Lawton are instituting tougher city-wide water restrictions.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:30 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Growth Is 'Goal' For Metro Soccer Programs

A member of the Rose State College Raiders women's soccer team goes in for the kick.
Kenneth Beachler Rose State College

Rose State College recently established both men’s and women’s soccer teams, hoping to kick off new interest in their college.

Called the “Raiders,” named for daring, barn-storming World War II bomber pilots; the teams compete in Division I, Region II of the National Junior College Athletic Association. But they also hope to garner interest in the college in the hearts and minds of would-be students and their parents.

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Earthquakes
6:13 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Governor Creates Coordinating Council On Seismic Activity

Credit USGS / www.earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes

Gov. Mary Fallin has announced the creation of a Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity to link researchers with policy makers and energy industry experts as Oklahoma experiences a dramatic uptick in earthquake activity.

Fallin's announcement on Thursday came during the fourth annual Governor's Energy Conference in Oklahoma City.

The council will be headed by Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague. Fallin says Oklahoma is seeing more earthquakes today than it did several decades ago, and that it's important to study the issue.

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Death Penalty
4:39 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fallin Says No Executions Until Protocols Revamped

Credit jadedtom / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says no death row inmates will be executed in the state until recommendations for improving the execution process are implemented.

Fallin made the comments Thursday after the Department of Public Safety released a report on the troubled April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett, who writhed and moaned before he was declared dead 43 minutes after his execution began. The 11 recommendations include more training for medical personnel and having additional supplies of lethal drugs and equipment on hand.

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