8:14 am
Mon August 11, 2014

When Applying For Federal Aid, 'Cross Your Fingers And Hope'

The FAFSA is a confusing ritual for college-bound students.
The Bent Tree/Flickr

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 10:02 am

Every year, more than 20 million students apply for federal financial aid to help pay for college. Five years ago, Mandy Stango was one of them.

To get there, though, Stango felt confused and woefully unprepared. That confusion started with the very first step in the process, as she and her family had to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA.

"I sat there, I read the directions, and crossed my fingers and hoped I was doing the right thing," says Stango, who's now 23.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:39 am
Mon August 11, 2014

VIDEO: Tornado Survivors Share Stories Of Strength

Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma’s Writing Center was one of many groups that stepped up after last year’s devastating storms to distribute water, clothing and other necessities to those who had lost everything. Now, more than a year later, the group has launched a new program to help survivors recover. 

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Oklahoma News
1:05 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Execution Dates Set For Three Oklahoma Inmates

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Three Oklahoma death row inmates whose execution dates have already been set are among 21 plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state's lethal injection procedures.

—Charles Frederick Warner, 47, had been set to die on the same day as the botched execution of Clayton Lockett but is now scheduled to be executed on Nov. 13 for the 1997 rape and murder of 11-month-old Adrianna Walker, the daughter of his roommate.

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2:54 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Oklahoma Looking For New Operator For Heartland Flyer

OETA reports that both Oklahoma and Texas are looking for information and entities willing to take over operations of the Heartland Flyer.
Oklahoma and Texas transportation agencies are asking for information from companies interested in taking over operations of the Heartland Flyer.
Intelligence Squared U.S.
11:52 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Is Unlimited Spending On Political Speech A Protected Right?

Burt Neuborne and Zephyr Teachout convinced audience members that the right to unlimited spending on political speech is not guaranteed by the Constitution.
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:05 pm

In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of corporations and unions to spend money on political speech. That decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, didn't affect how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns — but it removed limits on how much they could spend themselves.

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10:06 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Higher Ed, OESC Data Link Shows Graduates’ Employment Information

University of Oklahoma Bizzell Library
Credit Tyler Arbogast / Wikimedia Commons

A project linking student data from the Regents for Higher Education and employment information from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission allows officials to see how degree earners enter and move through the workforce, along with their pay as they enter and work their way up the career ladder.

Regents for Higher Education Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development Tony Hutchison described the data sharing system at a recent meeting of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

Oklahoma is one of 33 states in which higher education officials have access to data elements from the state labor/workforce agency, Hutchison said.

From the data, the regents produce the Employment Outcomes Report, which analyzes employment data for graduates of Oklahoma public colleges and universities one year and five years after graduation. 

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun August 10, 2014

New KGOU Staff Members

KGOU News Director Ben Fenwick
Credit Ben Fenwick

I am pleased to introduce to you two new staff members for KGOU.

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Obama: Iraq Must Have Legitimate Government To Combat Insurgency

President Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Saturday. He said the situation in Iraq amounts to a "long-term project."
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 11:27 am

Updated at 12:25 p.m. ET.

President Obama says that the U.S. will continue to provide Iraq with humanitarian and military assistance, but he ruled out ground troops and reiterated administration calls for Iraq to form a "legitimate" government in order to face the threat from Islamic militants.

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Oklahoma News
10:27 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Better Business Bureau Warns Of Computer Scam

Laptop computer

The Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma is warning of a scam that involves a caller claiming to be with a computer company.

The BBB says the caller claims to be with a well-known company and tells the intended victims that their computer is sending error messages and that tech support is detecting a virus. The scammer says only a tech support employee can remove the virus and must have access to the computer.

If approved, the scammer then points out a virus and offers to remove it for a fee — then asks for credit card information.

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No Damage Found
10:03 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Four Small Earthquakes In Central Oklahoma On Friday

Credit Great Beyond / Flickr Creative Commons

Four small earthquakes were recorded just south of Guthrie in central Oklahoma on Friday.

Authorities say there are no reports of damage or injury after Friday's temblors.

The strongest quake recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey was a preliminary magnitude 3.4 quake recorded at 3:21 p.m. three miles southeast of Guthrie.

A 3.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 1:07 p.m., a 3.1 magnitude tremor at 3:58 p.m. and a 3.0 magnitude quake at 3:45 p.m.

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