Lack Of Student Discipline
7:25 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Educators Turn To Legislators For Answers

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School teachers and administrators say they're struggling to maintain discipline in the classroom and are asking the Legislature for help with ideas to deal with unruly students.

Several administrators testified Thursday before the Senate Education Committee. Shawnee Republican Sen. Ron Sharp, a retired educator who taught for more than 30 years, says he requested the interim study after hearing from constituents and educators.

Sharp says a lack of student discipline is "one of the most serious problems" facing the state.

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Oklahoma Section Of Pipeline Nearly Complete
5:16 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

TransCanada's Vice President Thanks Pipeliners Union Local 798

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The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that denied efforts to temporarily stop construction on the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which runs from Cushing, Oklahoma to refineries along the Gulf Coast. The Oklahoma portion is nearly complete.

Even though all the pipe in Oklahoma and Texas is buried, environmental groups and activists are still urging the Obama administration to block the northern portion of the pipeline, where it crosses the Canadian border.

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World Views
2:15 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

'Economic War Every Day': How China Steals U.S. Secrets

Former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism for the United States Richard Clarke.
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Richard Clarke.

Former counter-intelligence czar Richard Clarke is best known for testifying before the 9/11 Commission that President George W. Bush failed to take enough action to protect the country ahead of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Since leaving the Bush Administration in 2003, Clarke has turned his attention to cybersecurity. He’s the author of the 2010 book Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It.

“I think for a lot of people a threat is not a threat unless people die,” Clarke says. “But hundreds of billions of dollars move. Cyber crime works.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:20 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The Federal Shutdown Is Making Some Oklahoma Parks More Popular

Sulphur Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Sawatzky stands just outside an entrance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Okla.
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Thousands of federal workers in Oklahoma were furloughed because of the budget stalemate in Washington, D.C., including those in charge of operating and maintaining dozens of campsites and parks run by the U.S. government.

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Four Year Custody Dispute
11:02 am
Thu October 10, 2013

UPDATE: Cherokee Nation, Brown Drop Fight For Veronica

Dusten Brown and now-four-year-old Veronica.
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The biological father of a Cherokee girl adopted by a South Carolina couple has dropped his custody claims. 

Dusten Brown and a Cherokee Nation assistant attorney general said Thursday proceedings over 4-year-old Veronica have been dropped in the Oklahoma and Cherokee court systems. Brown and the attorney asked that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C., drop a contempt complaint against Brown.

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Woody Guthrie
10:35 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Concert To Benefit Rebuilding Of Woody Guthrie's Okemah Home

Woody Guthrie
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Singer Kris Kristofferson is scheduled to play a benefit concert in Tulsa to help a project to rebuild folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home.

The concert is Sunday night at the Mabee Center.

Organizers want to raise about $500,000 to rebuild Guthrie's home in Okemah. The rebuild of the property will use original planks of wood salvaged from the site decades ago.

Guthrie, best known for the song "This Land is Your Land," wrote hundreds of folk songs and ballads. His lyrics celebrated American workers, lamented the woes of the poor and advocated for civil rights.

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Planet Money
7:44 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Everyone The U.S. Government Owes Money To, In One Graph

Who Holds Our Debt?
Quoctrung Bui / NPR

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:58 am

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. Here's who the government owes money to — all the holders of U.S. Treasury debt, broken down by category and by how much government debt they hold.

For more, see our story: What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

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OHP
7:43 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Pettingill Stepping Down As Head Of Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Col. Kerry Pettingill
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The chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is retiring early next year.

Col. Kerry Pettingill says he'll step down Feb. 1, 2014, after serving three years as the agency's chief. Pettingill started off as a trooper with the highway patrol in 1982 and worked his way up to chief.

He is a native of Mangum.

Pettingill has also served as director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security and as commander of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's bomb squad.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Day 10: Obama, GOP To Meet Amid Signs Of Possible Thaw

Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Ryan has outlined the framework of a possible deal on the federal shutdown and the debt ceiling.
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Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 10:04 am

It's Day 10 of the partial federal government shutdown, and the big news is a meeting between President Obama and a select group of House Republicans.

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Massive Computer Glitch
4:02 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Oklahoma Education Officials Report To Legislators On Computer Failure

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Oklahoma education officials are briefing legislators on the different tests used to measure student performance in Oklahoma and providing details of a massive computer glitch in April that affected thousands of test taking students in the state.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Sen. John Ford requested the joint House and Senate study to help bring individual members up to speed on what was happening with testing in the state.

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