The Two-Way
7:55 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted On Abuse-Of-Power Charges

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted on charges that he abused the powers of his office to illegally try to coerce the district attorney in Austin.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 6:52 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted by an Austin grand jury in connection with a veto of funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

An ethics complaint was filed last summer. The Associated Press has this background on the case:

"The Republican governor is accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday.

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Joe Mixon
6:25 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Freshman Running Back Charged With Misdemeanor Assault

Credit Army Recruiting / Flickr.com

Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon, the school's top recruit, has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

The charge was handed down Friday by the Cleveland County District Attorney's office. He is accused of punching a woman during an argument, knocking her unconscious and breaking several bones in her face.

Mixon has not participated in team activities since July 25, when Norman police say a woman at a local restaurant was hit in the face by Mixon. The school has yet to make a decision regarding Mixon's eligibility.

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World Views
11:48 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Despite Missile Tests, Koreans, Chinese Optimistic During First Papal Visit In 25 Years

South Korean President Park Geun-hye welcomes Pope Francis at Seoul Airport, August 14.
Park Jun-soo South Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

South Korea's Defense Ministry says North Korea has fired three short-range projectiles into the sea.

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World Views
10:46 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Stanford Professor First Woman To Win Top Math Prize

Fields Medal recipient Maryam Mirzakhani.
International Mathematical Union (IMU)

An Iranian-born Stanford University professor is the first woman to win math's highest honor, the Fields Medal.

The International Mathematics Union awarded the prize Wednesday to Maryam Mirzakhani and three others.

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World Views
10:05 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Khayyam And Rumi: How Ancient Persian Poems Resonate In Modern Culture

An Ottoman era manuscript depicting Jalal al-Din Rumi and Shams-e Tabrizi.
Wikimedia Commons

When Austin O’Malley decided to take a Persian class during his last year of college, he had no idea it would become his life-long passion.

“I got a taste for it,” O’Malley says. “And that was very exciting on a personal level, and also sort of enlightening when you start seeing how language or literature works.”

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Politics and Government
8:38 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Oklahoma Group To Submit Medical Marijuana Petition

Dank Depot Flickr Creative Commons

A group that supports the use of medical marijuana in Oklahoma plans to submit signed petitions to the Oklahoma Secretary of State's office to have the issue placed on the November ballot.

Tulsa-based Oklahomans for Health plans to submit the petitions on Friday. The group faces a Saturday deadline to gather the signatures of more than 155,000 registered Oklahoma voters who support a referendum on the issue.

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Oklahoma Watch
2:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

With Measles Close, Schools See Rise In Unvaccinated Students

Tracey McLaughlin
Credit Oklahoma Watch

As measles cases rise in nearby states, Oklahoma schools are seeing increasing percentages of kindergarteners walk into their classrooms without required immunization shots, according to survey data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Records show the percentage of kindergarteners whose families have claimed an immunization exemption under state law doubled from 0.7 percent in the 2005-2006 school year to 1.4 percent, or at least 572 students, in 2013-2014.

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Rooftop Solar And Wind Turbines Affected
1:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Murphy Sets Meeting To Discuss Impact Of New Law On Distributed Generated Electricity

Solar panels on a home.
Credit Brian Kusler / Flickr Creative Commons

Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy will host a meeting to discuss the implementation of SB1456, the distributed electrical energy bill approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this year.

Murphy had called for inclusion of distributed generation in a notice of inquiry on wind generation approved by the commission Tuesday.

Commissioners Patrice Douglas and Bob Anthony, however, wanted to address the issues separately.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:41 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Fracking Site Operator Faces Contempt Complaint After Acid Spill

Crews work to contain and clean up 20,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid that spilled near a hydraulic fracturing site near Hennessey, Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s oil and gas regulator filed a contempt complaint this week against the company overseeing a hydraulic fracturing operation in an oil field where 20,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled.

The spill could be the state’s largest related to fracking, says Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner.

The complaint, which accuses the operator of failing to prevent pollution, a violation of state oil and gas rules, directed Blake Vernon, the president of Blake Production Company, to appear before an administrative law judge on Sept. 10.

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Female Pilot Organization
6:30 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Oklahoma's Ninety-Nines To Host Air Rally

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The Oklahoma Chapter of the Ninety-Nines is set to host the 36th annual Okie Derby that will include 30 pilots from across Oklahoma taking part in an air rally.

The event will include the pilots flying up to 200 nautical miles over Oklahoma City in a contest to determine which pilot can most accurately predict fuel use and flight time projections. The winner receives 100 gallons of fuel.

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