Oklahoma Politics
11:10 am
Mon September 16, 2013

GOP Takeover In Oklahoma Explained

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It wasn’t long ago that to be involved in a meaningful way in Oklahoma politics, office seekers had to have a “D” after their names. But in just a few years, that has turned around so that an “R” is now necessary to have a significant influence in state politics.

That change was not as sudden as it seems, according to political consultant Pat McFerron,“To me the question isn’t, ‘Why we’re so Republican now? It’s why were we so Democrat before?’”

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Environment
10:58 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Debate Revs As Decision Stalls Over Oil Pipeline From Canada

A 60-foot section of pipe is lowered into a trench during construction of the Gulf Coast Pipeline in Prague, Okla., in March. The Gulf Coast Pipeline, a 485-mile crude oil line, is part of the Keystone XL project and will run from Cushing, Okla. to Nederland, Texas. Although this southern stretch of the pipeline is nearly finished, the northern stretch is still under study.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 11:56 am

Five years ago this week, a Canadian company proposed building a pipeline to send heavy crude oil from Alberta to U.S. refineries. Although the Obama administration's answer on the Keystone XL pipeline is not expected anytime soon, politicians in Washington and Canada are ramping up the pressure for the project, while environmentalists are pushing hard against it.

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Elections
10:31 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Independent Voters Outpacing GOP And Democrats In Oklahoma

2012 Oklahoma presidential election results. The darker red the county, the higher the vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
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Election officials say the number of independent voters has outpaced Republicans and Democrats in new voter registrations this year.

In March, Election Board officials removed about 145,000 inactive voters from the rolls. According to the Tulsa World, independents have added 4,582 new voters since then.

Republicans have added 1,544 new voters, while Democrats have decreased by 3,306.

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Attack At The Navy Yard: Gunman And 12 Victims Killed

Workers emerge from a building after a deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. There are multiple injuries and deaths, and one gunman is dead. Police say they are searching for two other "potential" shooters.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 12:31 pm

(We're constantly updating the top of this post and adding to it below as well.)

The nation's capital went on high alert Monday after a shooting attack at the city's U.S. Navy Yard left at least 12 victims and one gunman dead and injured 8 others.

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Transportation
8:04 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Hundreds Of Oklahoma Bridges Outdated, In Poor Condition

Highway 51 bridge between Wagoner and Coweta, Okla. taken in 2009. After years of serving it's purpose, it is being replaced by a more standardized and safer deck.
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Despite increases in transportation funding and an aggressive program to improve the state's roads and bridges, federal data shows hundreds of Oklahoma bridges are outdated and in poor condition.

An Associated Press analysis of bridges in the National Bridge Inventory shows Oklahoma had 414 bridges across the state that are both structurally deficient and fracture critical.

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Oklahoma Watch
6:37 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Unlike Nation, Oklahoma Is Failing To Reduce Drunken-Driving Deaths

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Listen to KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney's conversation with Oklahoma Watch's Shaun Hittle.

During most of the past two decades, the annual number of alcohol-related traffic deaths across the country has fallen by about 20 percent, to more than 11,500.

More stringent drunken driving laws, widespread public education campaigns and safer vehicles have all played a role in that sharp reduction.

In Oklahoma, however, it’s been a much different story. Despite having the same safer vehicles, increased educational efforts and tougher laws, the state saw a 10 percent increase in alcohol-related traffic deaths between 1994 and 2012. The trend mystifies state public-safety officials.

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The Two-Way
7:53 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Assad Regime Hails Chemical Weapons Deal As 'Victory' For Syria

The Syrian regime calls a new deal on its chemical weapons a victory, in a reaction that came one day after the U.S. and Russia announced the plan. On Saturday, live coverage of the the deal drew the attention of a Damascus flower shop owner.
Anwar Amro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 11:06 am

One day after the United States and Russia announced a deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, the first official reaction has emerged from the Syrian regime, which calls it a "victory." Syria's rebels are criticizing the plan, saying it doesn't punish President Bashar Assad.

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Indian Times
9:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Return To Longhorn Mountain: An Update

View from Longhorn Mountain
Credit Warren Queton

Summer is coming to a close and it was a headline making summer for Oklahoma’s natives and tribes. We revisit one of those stories, the fate of Longhorn Mountain.

Last June, it was learned that half of Longhorn Mountain near Lawton had been leased to a rock crushing company that would soon start mining gravel. Longhorn Mountain is a sacred site to the Kiowa Tribe that had passed out of tribal ownership, and though the tribe had been notified by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation about the construction of a road, they didn’t understand what exactly was going to happen.

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OSU #1 In MBA Online Degree Programs
6:24 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Entrepreneurship Program Ranked The Best

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An Oklahoma State University online entrepreneurship program has been ranked the best in the nation.

Rankings published this month list the Master's in Entrepreneurship program offered by the School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business as the best in the nation for the second consecutive year.

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Indian Child Welfare Act
4:28 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Court Awards Custody Of Four Month-Old Absentee Shawnee Girl To Tribe

Baby Girl
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An Oklahoma judge has awarded custody of a four-month old Native American girl to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe following a South Carolina couple's attempt to adopt the infant.

Baby Desaray was born in May in Oklahoma. A couple in South Carolina who sought to adopt her returned with her to their home. But the infant's biological father is seeking custody. Because Desaray's biological mother is a tribal member, the Absentee Shawnee Tribe has stepped in and the tribe was awarded custody this week.

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