StateImpact Oklahoma
8:58 am
Wed September 18, 2013

State, Tribes Want More Time to Figure Out Who Controls Southeast Oklahoma Water

Sardis Lake is at the heart of the tribal water lawsuit against the state.
Credit Freewine / Flickr Creative Commons

The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations sued the state more than two years ago to stop Oklahoma’s City attempt to pipe water northwest from Sardis Lake. On Tuesday, all the parties involved asked for the case to be stayed a sixth time, for 120 more days.

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8:46 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Okie Bee Discovered By College Researcher

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A Southwestern Oklahoma State University assistant professor and researcher has discovered a new species of bee in Oklahoma. Victor Gonzalez Betancourt discovered the bee in Ellis and Blaine counties. It has been named after bee biologist Charles Duncan Michener and his wife Mary from the University of Kansas (the Anthidiummichenerorum).
News and Events September 17, 2013 A new species of native bee from Oklahoma was recently discovered by Dr. Victor H. Gonzalez Betancourt, an assistant professor and researcher in the Biology Department at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
The Two-Way
7:57 am
Wed September 18, 2013

As Colorado Floodwaters Recede The Damage Becomes Clear

A view from the air Tuesday of one of the roads that have been cut by floodwaters in Weld County, Colo.
Rick Wilking Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 11:53 am

This morning's top headline from The Denver Post is encouraging:

"Nature finally cooperates as Colorado floodwaters begin to recede"

According to the Post:

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Wed September 18, 2013

UPDATE: 'So, So Very Sorry,' Says Navy Yard Gunman's Mother

Aaron Alexis in an undated photo provided by a friend, Kristi Suthamtewakul.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:34 pm

"I don't know why he did what he did and I'll never be able to ask him why," Cathleen Alexis, mother of the man who authorities say killed 12 people Monday at the Washington Navy Yard, said in a statement she read to the media at midday Wednesday.

CNN has audio of her comments, in which she also says that "Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad."

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The Two-Way
5:57 am
Wed September 18, 2013

No Guns Please, Starbucks Tells Customers

A Starbucks customer — gun on his hip and drink in his hand — watches a rally by gun control advocates, in Seattle in 2010.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 9:42 am

With the coffee giant caught in the middle of what he says is an "increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening" debate, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has posted a letter to "fellow Americans" asking that they not bring guns into Starbucks' shops.

Schultz writes that:

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Sweetness And Light
2:19 am
Wed September 18, 2013

More Than Average: Dow Jones Adds The 'Swoosh'

Don Ryan AP

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:01 pm

After 117 years, sports has finally made it to the big time, when, starting next Tuesday, a sports company will be included in the Dow Jones averages.

The Dow Jones, of course, has always preferred very serious corporations –– your banks, your automotives, your insurers. OK, the movies were allowed in 1932 with the inclusion of Loews, and Walt Disney was brought onboard in 1991, but sports was never considered substantial enough for an industrial average until now, when Nike has been ordained.

Yes, Dow Jones has the swoosh.

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Cold Cases Possibly Solved
6:14 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Dive Teams At Foss Lake Recover Two Vehicles With Human Remains

Foss Lake
Credit thrsmaurer / Flickr.com

Authorities say two vehicles possibly missing from more than 40 years ago have been recovered from a western Oklahoma lake and likely contain the bodies of five people who disappeared with them.

Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples said the cars recovered from Foss Lake Tuesday may solve cold cases from the late 1950s and 1970. Dive teams testing sonar located the cars and the medical examiner's office was brought in after skeletal remains were found.

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National Guard Ordered To Stop Processing Requests
4:44 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Fallin Says No To Same-Sex Couples Benefits

Oklahoma National Guard
Credit The National Guard / Flickr.com

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits giving benefits of marriage to gay couples.

Because of that prohibition, Weintz says the governor's legal staff advised the Oklahoma National Guard not to process requests for benefits from gay couples.

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High School Sports
1:39 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Oklahoma Sports Governing Board Faces Criticism

Union High School takes on Coweta High School in the 2012 Union/Jenks Basketball Invitational.
Credit Matt Wansley / Flickr Creative Commons

The organization that oversees tens of thousands of Oklahoma high school athletes, cheerleaders and other extracurricular activities is facing fierce criticism from parents, coaches and school officials over how it operates.

Several people testified Tuesday before the House Administrative Rules Committee about their experience with the private, nonprofit Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. Legislators who requested a formal study of the association say they have received numerous complaints that there is little oversight of the organization.

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Around The State
12:51 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Properties Tied To Famous Oklahoma Women To Be Surveyed

Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller, one of several Oklahoma women Alyson Greiner plans to research.
Credit LaDomene13 / Wikimedia Commons

An Oklahoma State University professor is set to start examining historical properties associated with famous women in the Sooner State later this month.

Alyson Greiner says the project will last about nine months and her research will be sent to the State Historic Preservation Office. The hope is to nominate some of the properties associated with the women to the National Register of Historic Places or to update current landmark listings with the role women played.

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