Duncan Murder
12:33 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Tom Cole Comments On Duncan "Thrill Killing" Of Australian Man

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
Credit U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) says he's distressed what he calls a "senseless murder" was committed against a citizen of a country that's always been a, quote, "steadfast friend and ally of the United States."

“It is with sadness that I offer my sincere sympathy and send my prayers to the family and friends of Chris Lane as they grieve the loss of a loved individual,” Cole said in a statement. “To our dear friends in Australia, I extend my profound apology for this senseless, brutal crime that sadly occurred in my state and district.”

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World Views
11:09 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Outgoing OU Museum Director Says Technology Will Define Art’s Next Generation

A mural at the Venezuela Pavilion at the 55th Art Biennale in Venice, Italy.
Credit Konstantinos Koukopoulos / Flickr Creative Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ghislain d’Humières.

The departing director of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art says 21st Century art will be shaped by music, video, and other mixed media to visually express ideas in new and exciting ways.

Ghislain d’Humières spoke with World Views host and OU College of International Studies Dean Suzette Grillot shortly before he takes over as the CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.

“It’s an exciting trend. There is absolutely no border on the canvas. Anything could be the canvas,” d’Humières says. “One could argue that every period had a very cutting-edge, contemporary time, but I think the period we’re living in right now has been seeing a huge amount of new technology and new ways to express art.”

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The Two-Way
10:07 am
Wed August 21, 2013

35-Year Sentence For Bradley Manning

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, Md., on Tuesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 1:31 pm

Update at 10:18 a.m. ET. 35 Years:

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison Wednesday, according to reporters covering the trial at Fort Meade, Md. He'll get about 3 1/2 years' credit for time he's already spent behind bars.

More details (added at 10:30 a.m. ET):

-- Manning is also to be dishonorably discharged.

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State Capitol
8:57 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Monies Moving Into State Senate Role, Leaving State Chamber

Jennifer Monies is moving from the State Chamber of Commerce to the state Senate as press secretary and senior adviser.
Credit State Chamber of Commerce

Oklahoma state Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman has named a state Chamber of Commerce official as his new press secretary and senior adviser.

Bingman says Jennifer Monies will replace Nathan Atkins. Atkins left Bingman's office staff during the summer to attend law school.

Monies is a former reporter for The Oklahoman and Congressional Quarterly. She has also served as press secretary for two Oklahoma House speakers and has worked for the State Chamber of Oklahoma since 2010.

She will join Bingman's staff on Aug. 30.

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Testing
7:57 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Troubled Oklahoma Student Test Scores Tossed

Credit Jose Kevo / Flickr

The State Department of Education says it is throwing out all less than satisfactory student scores after a series of failures disrupted student testing in April.

ECapitol's Chrisitie Southern reports a study of the testing failure evaluated all students who had an interruption regardless of the day. The testing system malfunctioned April 29th and April 30th.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Wed August 21, 2013

School Clerk In Georgia Persuaded Gunman To Lay Down Weapons

Laterrica Luther holds the hand of her 6-year-old nephew, Jaden Culpepper, as students from the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy arrive on buses to waiting loved ones in a Walmart parking lot in Decatur, Ga., on Tuesday. A gunman had entered the students' school earlier in the day. No one was hurt.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 10:45 am

Tuesday's terrifying incident at an elementary school near Atlanta — in which a gunman with an assault rifle and other weapons entered the building — ended with no one being hurt after a school clerk apparently spent about an hour talking to the young man. She says she persuaded him to put down his gun and surrender.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Wed August 21, 2013

New Reports Of Chemical Weapons In Syria; Many May Be Dead

Free Syrian Army fighters man an anti-aircraft gun on the back of a truck in Deir al-Zor on Tuesday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 10:14 am

(We most recently updated this post at 9:10 a.m. ET.)

"Two Syrian pro-opposition groups are claiming that dozens of people were killed Wednesday in a poisonous gas attack near Damascus," NPR's Jean Cochran reported earlier this morning on our Newscast. The groups are blaming the attack on government forces, she said.

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House Speaker Shannon Meeting In Coffee Shops
6:17 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

T.W. Shannon Wants To Have A Cup Of Coffee With Constituents

House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

House Speaker T.W. Shannon is hosting public meetings this week with Republican members of the House and their constituents.

The Lawton Republican plans to meet at coffee shops Tuesday in Oklahoma City and Norman to discuss some of the highlights of the last legislative session and the upcoming special session that is set to begin on Sept. 3 for changes to the state's civil justice system.

Shannon will be at the Kamp's 1910 Cafe at 10 a.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City, followed by a 2 p.m. stop at La Baguette in west Norman.

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The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Australian's Shooting Death Echoes From Oklahoma To Melbourne

A tribute page to Christopher Lane, an Australian college baseball player who was shot and killed in Oklahoma last week, has drawn thousands of responses on Facebook.
Facebook

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:20 pm

The killing of an Australian man who was in the U.S. on a baseball scholarship has brought grief to his hometown and to the small Oklahoma town where he was shot to death. Three teens have been arrested for the crime; one suspect says they simply had nothing better to do, the police report.

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Military
11:26 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Manning Sentencing Set For Wednesday Morning

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning
Credit United States Army / Wikimedia Creative Commons

A military judge says she'll announce on Wednesday the sentence for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who gave reams of classified information to WikiLeaks.

Army Col. Denise Lind said Tuesday she was still deliberating but would announce the sentence at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Manning faces up to 90 years in prison, but prosecutors have asked the judge to sentence him to 60 years.

Manning's defense didn't recommend a specific amount of time, but suggested he should spend no more than 25 years in prison.

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