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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Health
1:17 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Oklahoma Senate Panel Studies Alzheimer's Impact

A Senate committee is exploring the impact of Alzheimer's Disease in Oklahoma as part of an interim study being conducted while the Legislature is out of session.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday to review an annual report from an Alzheimer's Disease task force.

Committee Chairman Sen. Brian Crain says one reason for his study on Alzheimer's Disease is to make sure committee members are aware of issues Oklahomans face getting care for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's.

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Around The State
12:29 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Tulsa Senator Announces Bid For County DA

State Sen. Brian Crain (R-Tulsa)
Credit Oklahoma Senate

A Republican state senator from Tulsa says he plans to run for Tulsa County district attorney in 2014.

Sen. Brian Crain said he filed campaign documents on Wednesday with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission indicating his plans to seek the post.

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State Capitol
11:01 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Reformed Planning Commission Holds First Meeting On Crumbling Oklahoma Capitol

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State agencies are requesting more than 1,500 capital projects totaling more than $500 million, members of the reformed Long-Range Capital Planning Commission were told Tuesday during their first meeting.

Ben Chase, senior planner with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services’ division of capital assets management, said the requests were submitted by state agencies between February and June.

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9:01 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Academics: Part II Of Sports Illustrated's Report On OSU Football

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Sports Illustrated publishes the second of its five-part series on allegations of misconduct in Oklahoma State University's football program.
  • Source: Cnn
  • | Via: George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans
Shortly after Les Miles took over as Oklahoma State's football coach in December 2000, he introduced an exhortation that he would use often at the end of team meetings during his four years in Stillwater. "Academics first," Miles would say. "Football second."
Kitchen Window
11:08 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Roasted Tomatoes, The Perfect Accessory For Summer Dishes

T. Susan Chang for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:31 am

At this time of year, we all love tomatoes. Many of us claim we'll "take a big juicy tomato and bite into it like it's an apple," although you won't often see that happen in actual fact.

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College Football
7:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

T. Boone Pickens Disappointed With Sports Illustrated

T. Boone Pickens
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Oklahoma State University megabooster T. Boone Pickens says he's disappointed with Sports Illustrated over the magazine's reports alleging wrongdoing at OSU.

The first of a five-part series released by Sports Illustrated Tuesday says players were paid thousands of dollars for at least a decade as the program grew into a national power under coaches Les Miles and Mike Gundy. OSU said it notified the NCAA about the report and began its own investigation.

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Education
6:25 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

After Newtown Tragedy, Some Schools Are All But Bulletproof

Dara Van Antwerp, an armed school resource officer, will be permanently stationed at Panther Run Elementary School in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Across the country, schools have increased security after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., last year.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:05 pm

As parents send their kids off to school this fall, many are wondering what's been done since last year to make sure they're safe.

Many schools have embraced new security measures since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, from uniformed police on hallway patrol to shatterproof laminated windows.

'How Could This Have Happened?'

Bob Gay of Newtown, Conn., has a tattoo on his arm of his daughter Josephine's footprints as a baby and the number "2560," for the number of days she was alive.

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State Capitol
6:10 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Fallin Signs All Bills Passed In Special Session

Gov. Mary Fallin at a state Capitol news conference during last week's special session.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law 23 bills to overhaul the state's system for filing and handling civil lawsuits, including a measure some legal experts say creates an unconstitutional barrier to the courts.

Fallin on Tuesday announced that she signed each of the bills sent to her by the House and Senate following a five-day special session to change the state's tort laws.

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The Two-Way
5:32 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Humberto Expected To Become First Hurricane Of Atlantic Season

Tropical Storms Humberto and Gabrielle. Humberto is expected to become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.
National Hurricane Center

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:05 pm

Tropical Storm Humberto is poised to get a promotion, becoming the first hurricane of an otherwise lackluster Atlantic season to date.

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