Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun September 22, 2013

NPR's Kelly McEvers To Visit Oklahoma Oct. 2

NPR Reporter Kelly McEvers
Credit 2010 NPR, by Doby Photography

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

This week I have an invitation for you. 

NPR’s foreign correspondent, Kelly McEvers, just returned from her 3-year assignment covering the Middle East and she will visit KGOU.

Kelly created an audio documentary, Diary of a Bad Year, and as a preview of her visit, you can hear the documentary Sept. 29 at noon.

KGOU will host a public forum Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman.

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10:42 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Use Only As Directed: The Dangers Of A Commonly Used Drug, Acetaminophen

Lead in text: 
Acetaminophen – the active ingredient in Tylenol – is considered safe when taken at recommended doses. Tens of millions of people use it weekly with no ill effect. But in larger amounts, especially in combination with alcohol, the drug can damage or even destroy the liver.
During the last decade, more than 1,500 Americans died after accidentally taking too much of a drug renowned for its safety: acetaminophen, one of the nation's most popular pain relievers. Acetaminophen - the active ingredient in Tylenol - is considered safe when taken at recommended doses.
The Two-Way
7:19 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Hostages Trapped Inside Nairobi Shopping Mall

A line of soldiers from the Kenya Defense Forces runs around the front of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi this morning.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Sun September 22, 2013 5:28 am

Updated Sunday 5:46 a.m. ET


The death toll at an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi has increased to at least 52, and civilians are still inside as militants exchange sporadic barrages of gunfire with Kenyan security troops outside.

"The priority is to save as many lives as possible," Joseph Lenku, Kenya's Interior cabinet secretary told AP early today. Kenyan forces have already rescued about 1,000 people, he said.

He said that five to 15 attackers are involved in the standoff, but declined to estimate the number of hostages.

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Indian Times
8:54 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Kiowa Tipi Resurfaces After Almost 100 Years

Matt Reed with Kiowa Tipi
Credit Susan Shannon

A Kiowa tipi over 100 years old was “discovered” amidst the artifacts at the Oklahoma History Center by Matt Reed, Curator of the American Indian collections for the Oklahoma Historical Society. Reed, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, at first was reluctant to believe he had… what he had.

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1970 Cold Case
6:16 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Distraught Mother Dies Never Knowing Son's Fate

Sayre, Oklahoma
Credit Tourismguy / Flickr.com

Answers are coming too late for an Oklahoma woman whose teenage son vanished in 1970.

Pearl Guzman always hoped her son would come home after he and two classmates disappeared, along with one of the teens' cars. Her daughters say she was distraught and insisted on staying in the small Oklahoma town of Sayre for years even though the case quickly went cold.

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Sexual Battery
3:50 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Oklahoma State University Student Pleads Guilty

Oklahoma State University
Credit profmpc / Flickr.com

A former Oklahoma State University student has been sentenced to seven years' probation after he pleaded guilty to sexual battery charges.

Nathan Michael Cochran pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery on Friday. Prosecutors dismissed a fourth count.

Associate District Judge Stephen R. Kistler sentenced Cochran to seven years' probation and ordered him to complete a six-month in-patient substance abuse and behavioral treatment program.

He must also register as a sex offender.

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World Views
2:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Internet Firewall Failure Opens Window Of Optimism For Iranians

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Word of the opening of Iran's blocked social media sites was spread, of course, by social media itself: in celebratory tweets and breathless Facebook posts.

Hours later, the same sites Tuesday chewed over the sobering reality that the four-year-old firewalls were back in place.

"We've seen what social media does in other parts of the Middle East in terms of organizing protests and resistance to their governments," says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. "So it raises issues of censorship, but also the critical importance of social media in the public life."

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Immigration
12:12 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Oklahoma Higher Education Leaders Call For Immigration Changes

Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry

The presidents of 13 Oklahoma colleges and universities are calling on Oklahoma's five U.S. Representatives to work for passage of immigration reform this year.

A letter from the 13 to Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, Markwayne Mullin, Jim Bridenstine and James Lankford calls for "a comprehensive, bipartisan solution."

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World Views
11:25 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Eyesore Shipwreck Now A Point Of Pride, Optimism For Italy

Turrets with strand jacks next to the wreck of the Costa Concordia near Giglio Island off the Tuscan coast of Italy - August 17, 2013
Credit Lwp Kommunikáció / Flickr Creative Commons

Engineers are declaring success after the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled upright during a 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany.

Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the project now allows for a renewed search for the two bodies that were never recovered from the 32 dead, and for the ship to eventually be towed away.

“For the families of the victims to move beyond this, there is some hope that they will be able to find some of these remains,” Cruise says.

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Native American
10:20 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Cherokee Nation, Freedmen Case Set For 2015 Hearing

Cherokee Nation Pow Wow from 2011.
Credit woodleywonderworks / Flickr Creative Commons

Oral arguments are set for next year in a long-running citizenship rights dispute between the Cherokee Nation and descendants of black slaves some tribal members once owned.

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports oral arguments are scheduled for April 28.

The tribe and the descendants — known as freedmen — have asked a federal court to sort out the dispute.

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