Health
12:47 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Oklahoma Infant Mortality Rate Declined In 2012

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Oklahoma's infant mortality rate is declining but remains above the national rate.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Tuesday that the state's infant mortality rate has declined from 8.6 per 1,000 live births in 2007 to 7.9 per 1,000 live births in 2012.

But the state's infant mortality rate remains above the national rate of 6.15 per 1,000 live births recorded in 2010. Suzanna Dooley, director of the agency's Maternal and Child Health Service, says about 90 fewer Oklahoma babies would die each year if the state matched the national rate.

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Education
11:43 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Okla. Education Initiative Shows Improved Scores

Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

State School Superintendent Janet Barresi says students at the six Oklahoma schools participating in the National Math and Science Initiative program showed a 55 percent increase in their scores on the advanced placement exams in math, science and English.

The NMSI program is in place at Eisenhower, MacArthur, Lawton, Carl Albert, Del City and Midwest City high schools. The program works with teachers at the schools and provides equipment and supplies to help them teach advanced courses.

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Water Quality
9:24 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Microscopic Dangers Lurk In Oklahoma Lake Water

Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma
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The Department of Environmental Quality is urging Oklahomans to be wary of microorganisms when swimming or boating on the state's untreated lakes and streams during the long Labor Day weekend.

DEQ says certain kinds of bacteria, viruses and protozoa can occur naturally in waterways while others are carried from a variety of sources. Some can cause mild problems such as ear infections, swimmer's itch and gastrointestinal disorders. Others can cause rare but serious conditions such as eye infections and some forms of meningitis.

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Endangered Species
8:46 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Woodward Meeting To Consider Threatened Listing For Bird

The lesser prairie chicken.
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 The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is hosting a meeting for landowners and others concerned about the status of the lesser prairie chicken.

The meeting next week in Woodward is to look at how Oklahoma would respond to the federal government's plan to list the bird as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The purpose of the meeting is to develop a conservation strategy for the bird's habitat in Oklahoma.

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The March On Washington At 50
8:42 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Clarence B. Jones: A Guiding Hand Behind 'I Have A Dream'

Clarence B. Jones this month in Palo Alto, Calif. As Martin Luther King Jr.'s attorney and adviser, Jones contributed to many of King's speeches, including his famous speech at the March on Washington in 1963.
Norbert von der Groeben Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 3:59 pm

For the month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech" Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capital from all over the country for the mass demonstration.

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Tue August 27, 2013

'Syrian Regime Is Responsible,' White House Says Of Attack

In Aleppo, Syria, on Monday, this Free Syrian Army fighter stood in the rubble of a building that has collapsed during fighting there.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 12:18 pm

  • From 'Morning Edition': Diplomat Frederic Hof speaks with David Greene about the crisis in Syria

(We added a new top to this post at 1:15 p.m. ET.)

"Anyone who approaches this logically" would conclude that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is responsible for last week's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that reportedly left hundreds dead and thousands more injured, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters early Tuesday afternoon.

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The Two-Way
6:48 am
Tue August 27, 2013

STUNNING VIDEO: Pilots' View Of California's Rim Fire

A view of California's Rim Fire from the cockpit of a California Air National Guard tanker plane.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 1:05 pm

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First Degree Murder Conviction Reversed
6:18 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Death Row Inmate To Be Tried...Again

10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado
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A federal appeals court has reversed the first-degree murder conviction of an Oklahoma death row inmate convicted in the stabbing death of a 22-year-old woman 16 years ago.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial Monday for 45-year-old Sterling B. Williams. A three-judge panel of the Denver-based court ruled that jurors at his 1999 trial in Tulsa County should have been instructed to consider convicting Williams of the lesser crime of second-degree murder, which is not punishable by death.

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Teacher Pay Raise Questioned
4:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Method For Teacher Pay Raise Questioned By State Lawmakers

Neon Dollar Sign
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Two state legislators who oversee funding for common education in Oklahoma say they have concerns about state Superintendent Janet Barresi's proposal to fund $2,000 annual teacher raises from local district carry-over funds.

Republican Rep. Lee Denney and Sen. Jim Halligan both said Monday they support an effort to increase teacher pay, but that it would be difficult for the Legislature to come up with the $100 million needed to fund the plan each year.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

A Plague Of Vicious Pigs Has ‘Invaded’ Oklahoma

Feral pigs at night.
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Oklahoma’s environment is under attack.

Crops, pastures, trees and wildlife habitats are being threatened. Even cemetery headstones are in the line of fire, Reuters reports.

The Pig Army has declared war on Oklahoma, and farmers and ranchers are doing their best to fight back. But the ranks of this battalion of wild boars aren’t filled with pot-bellies, the news services’ Kevin Murphy reports:

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