Open Records
8:26 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Tulsa Refuses 911 Audio Records Release

The Tulsa World is pushing for release of 911 audio recordings under the Oklahoma Open Records Act.
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The city of Tulsa is refusing to release 911 recordings under the state's open records law.

The Tulsa World reports that the city denied its request last week for any emergency calls regarding a Sept. 1 police-involved fatal shooting at the Best Budget Inn. The newspaper says its request was denied even though it'd previously received 911 calls through open records requests.

Assistant City Attorney Shelton Benedict says the open records law doesn't specifically say that audio must be provided — just the radio logs.

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OneSix8
8:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Entertaining the Hours of Your Week: Performance Previews

Disney on Ice comes to the Oklahoma State Fair September 12-22.
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This week’s OneSix8 brings performances of three different kinds: some State Fair entertainment, a classic Shakespearean work, and a 1939 comedic play. 

The Oklahoma State Fair returns to Oklahoma City beginning this Thursday with opening ceremonies at 5:00 p.m. The annual event includes the classic fair food, carnival rides and wacky reptile exhibits, but the State Fair also brings a team of talented performers to entertain attendees.

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Code Switch
6:34 am
Thu September 12, 2013

'Baby Veronica' Custody Battle Continues

Veronica, the child at the center of an adoption dispute, smiles in the bathroom of the Cherokee Nation Jack Brown Center in Oklahoma.
Mike Simons/Tulsa World AP

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 6:19 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court may have decided almost three months ago the case known as Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. But the young Native American girl known as "Baby Veronica," who turns 4 years old on Sunday, is still stuck in legal limbo.

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Russian Plan 'Is Just A Lie,' Syrian Rebel General Says

A Free Syrian Army fighter in eastern Syria on Wednesday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 9:13 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': Free Syrian Army Gen. Salim Idris

As Secretary of State John Kerry was preparing to sit down with his Russian counterpart Thursday to discuss whether the Assad regime's chemical weapons can be handed over to international monitors, the commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army was telling NPR that "the Russian initiative is just a lie."

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Mural Features 30 Images
6:18 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Enid's History Told In Mural Art

Enid Skyline
Credit David Reber's Hammer Photography / Clickr.com

The Enid Public Library plans to display a mural depicting various images from the northern Oklahoma city's history.

The mural will go on display Friday. It was sketched by Duron Lewis, an Enid resident and local artist.

The mural will contain 30 images from the time of the land rush until the mid-1900's. Images will include the first Enid jail, Lincoln School, Chief Lone Wolf, Enid street trolley, renegade sooners, actor Johnny Crawford who played "Mark McCain" on The Rifleman television show, and many more.

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The Two-Way
5:14 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Oklahoma State Promises Own Probe Of Alleged Football Abuses

Oklahoma State players celebrate after a score during an Aug. 31 game against Mississippi State.
Bob Levey Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 3:05 pm

On this third day of Sports Illustrated's five-part series that exposes what the magazine says are sweeping problems in Oklahoma State University's football program — including money being paid to players, tutors doing players' schoolwork and women from a "hostess program" having sex with recruits — the school's president is vowing to investigate it thoroughly.

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Survivor Trees Side By Side
4:42 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

A Dual Tribute to 9/11 And The Oklahoma City Bombing

Mementos Left At Site Of Oklahoma City Bombing
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Student and staff volunteers at Oklahoma Christian University have posted 168 U.S. flags and 168 Oklahoma flags on the front lawn of the campus to honor victims of terrorist attacks.

The "Ralph and Maxine Harvey Field of Flags" at Oklahoma Christian is a dual tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the April 19, 1995,Oklahoma City bombing, in which 168 people died.

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World Views
3:35 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

How An Oklahoma Journalist Found The Humanity In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Erielle Reshef reports from an Iron Dome missile defense site in Ashkelon during a 2012 rocket barrage.
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Between 2010 and 2012, Oklahoma City native Erielle Reshef reported twice from Gaza during instances of cross-border violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

She stood next to an Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system covering the firefight for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA). But even as the Katyushsa rockets headed toward the country, she told KGOU’s World Views she never once felt unsafe.

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The Two-Way
2:47 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

U.S. Troops Oppose Striking Syria, Online Survey Suggests

Members of the U.S. Marine Corps listen to President Obama during his visit to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in August.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 1:05 pm

An online survey of 750 active-duty U.S. troops suggests that opposition to striking Syria is "more intense" among military personnel than among the American public.

Military Times, a publication and newssite owned by Gannett Co. (not the federal government) reports that:

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Discovery Of Massive Aquifers Could Be Game Changer For Kenya

Members of the El Molo tribe are pictured in the village of Komote, on the shores of Lake Turkana, northern Kenya, last year.
Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 3:07 pm

Satellite imagery and seismic data have identified two huge underground aquifers in Kenya's drought-prone north, a discovery that could be "a game changer" for the country, NPR's Gregory Warner reports.

The aquifers, located hundreds of feet underground in the Turkana region that borders Ethiopia and South Sudan, contain billions of gallons of water, according to UNESCO, which confirmed the existence of the subterranean lakes discovered with the help of a French company using technology originally designed to reveal oil deposits.

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