Prisons
10:28 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Oklahoma Set To Execute Inmate For 1979 Shooting

The gate to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, home of the state's death row.
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An Oklahoma death row inmate is scheduled to be executed for the shooting death of a 24-year-old Korean national 34 years ago.

Sixty-one-year-old Anthony Rozelle Banks was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Tulsa County for the June 6, 1979, killing of Sun "Kim" Travis. His execution is set Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester.

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10:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Follow The Money: Part I Of Sports Illustrated's Report On OSU Football

Lead in text: 
Sports Illustrated publishes the first of its five-part series on allegations of misconduct in Oklahoma State University's football program.
Calvin Mickens was elated. The freshman cornerback from Beaumont, Texas, had just appeared in his first college game, Oklahoma State's 2005 season-opening 15-10 home victory over Montana State, and he had performed well, forcing a fumble, breaking up a pass and making two tackles.
Five Day Special Session
6:18 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Oklahoma House And Senate Take Care of Business

Oklahoma State Capitol
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The Oklahoma Legislature has wrapped up a five-day special session to make changes to Oklahoma's civil justice system.

The House and Senate passed about two dozen bills on Monday — the final day of the Legislature's first special session since 2006. The measures address legal procedures in areas like medical malpractice, class-action lawsuits and product liability, among others.

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International Literacy Day
4:25 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Former First Lady Emphasizes Literacy And "Marrying Well"

Former First Lady Barbara Bush with her son President George W. Bush
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush connected with students affected by a deadly May tornado via a Skype visit and told the girls in the audience to "marry well."

Bush connected with the students at Briarwood Elementary School as part of her foundation's recognition of International Literacy Day. Bush answered questions from students and spoke about the importance of literacy.

She says she had wonderful opportunities as First Lady and is still able to take part in some of them. She encouraged the girls to "marry well" like she did.

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Planet Money
4:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph

Matt Stiles NPR

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 12:59 am

Erin Ford graduated from the University of Texas two years ago with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. Recruiters came to campus to woo her. She got a paid summer internship, which turned into a full-time job after she graduated. Now, at age 24, she makes $110,000 a year.

Michael Gardner just graduated from City College in New York with a degree in psychology. He applied for more than 100 jobs, had trouble getting interviews and worked at Home Depot to make ends meet.

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National Security
4:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

U.S. Mulls Over More Possible Targets For Syria Strike

The U.S. is considering adding helicopters to its list of potential targets of a military strike. Here, rebel fighters are seen on a Russian-made helicopter seized from the Syrian army at the Minnig Military Airport near the Turkish border on Aug. 11.
Mahmoud Hassano Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 4:20 pm

As U.S. lawmakers weigh whether to support an attack on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, military planners have expanded the target list for a potential strike.

The Pentagon had been focused on attacking Syria with so-called standoff weapons — cruise missiles, for example. Launched from ships, they can attack Syrian positions without placing American pilots in danger. Cruise missiles are very precise, and perfect for hitting fixed targets, such as command-and-control centers the Syrian military relies on.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:17 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

List Of Schools Unwilling To Wait For Government Action on Tornado Shelters Grows

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It’s only been little more than three months since an EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., and devastated two schools. And already, the state’s public schools are responding.

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DHS
12:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Oklahoma DHS Officials Investigating Increase In Kids Under Care

Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services / Oklahoma Dept. of Human Services

Oklahoma Department of Human Services officials say they're trying to determine why the number of children in state custody has increased sharply during the past 14 months.

DHS records show the number of children under the agency's care rose from 9,132 in July 2012 to 10,487 on Sept. 1 — an increase of 14 percent.

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School and Colleges
11:38 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Chamber Hears State Of Education In Oklahoma

Glen D. Johnson
Credit Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

School has started across the state, both in K–12 classrooms, career-techs, and colleges and universities. On this episode, we hear from the leader of Oklahoma’s Higher Education system and the president of the school board for the state’s largest public school district.

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State Capitol
9:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Oklahoma Special Session Expected To End Monday

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The Oklahoma Legislature is expected to wrap up a five-day special session to overhaul the state's civil justice system to comply with an appellate court's ruling that a sweeping 2009 bill was unconstitutional.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet Monday to give final passage to two dozen separate bills that address legal procedures in areas like medical malpractice, class-action lawsuits and product liability.

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