The Two-Way
5:10 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Italy's Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Conviction

Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview on Jan. 31, 2014.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 12:17 pm

Italy's highest court has overturned a murder conviction in the case of Amanda Knox.

The court's decision puts an end to a story that began in 2009 when Knox was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kercher two years earlier. The verdict was overturned in 2011. But a year later, the Court of Cassation overturned the acquittal and sent the case back to an appeals court in Florence. Last year, that court reinstated the original guilty verdict against Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

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World Views
2:26 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

More Bans, More Crime: A Look At Transnational Illicit Activity

Two Moldovan women apply makeup before going out with friends, taken by anti-human trafficking activist Mimi Chakarova for her documentary "The Price of Sex."
Mimi Chakarova

The liberalization of the global economy has made it much easier to move goods and people from one location to another. But it also makes it much easier to engage in criminal practices as more and more substances and enterprises are banned.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon
9:24 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Boren: Racist Chant Learned On National Leadership Cruise, High School Students On Bus

University of Oklahoma President David Boren addresses reporters on the steps of Evans Hall Friday to announce the findings of OU's investigation into the local chapter of the SIgma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated 5:06 p.m.: SAE reaction to University of Oklahoma investigation

The SAE national office confirmed in a webpost that the fraternity's former OU chapter members "likely learned a racist chant while attending a national Leadership School about four years ago." Regardless, SAE executive director Blaine Ayers believes that the chant is not pervasive across the fraternity's 237 groups.

Ayers said SAE's investigation is ongoing and they are looking at each of the fraternity's local chapters.

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Health
8:50 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Oklahoma State Department Of Health Confirms Measles Case In Stillwater

An electron micrograph of the measles virus
Credit Cynthia S. Goldsmith / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed a case of measles in Stillwater and says others may have been exposed.

The department said Friday this is the first confirmed case of measles inOklahoma since 1997.

The infected person is an international traveler married to an Oklahoma State University student and lives off campus.

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The Two-Way
7:21 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

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Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 5:16 pm

Updated at 12:34 p.m.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Democratic leader in the Senate, said he won't seek re-election next year.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:37 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Three Statewide Business And Development Stories We're Watching This Week

Jenks Mayor Lonnie Sims speaks during a press conference on the upcoming vote to renew the Vision 2025 sales tax.
Rip Stell The Journal Record

A Tulsa tax package will be up for renewal by voters this fall, but with a new twist.

Vision2025, a Tulsa County tax plan similar to Oklahoma City’s MAPS project, is a 0.6 percent sales tax passed in 2003. Since then, it has raised over $600 million for various community projects.

But this year, cities affected by the tax plan have the chance to opt out, says Journal Record managing editor Adam Brooks.

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Politics and Government
5:13 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Payroll Deductions For Teacher Union Dues

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The Oklahoma Senate has passed legislation to prohibit Oklahoma school districts from making payroll deductions to pay teacher union dues.

The Senate voted 27-16 for the House-passed bill Thursday and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

The bill makes it illegal for any state agency to make payroll deductions for employees for membership dues in any organization that collectively bargains on behalf of its members.

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Here & Now
2:02 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Tornado Hits Oklahoma On Anniversary Of Historic 1948 Forecast

This frame taken from video provided by Brenton Leete shows a funnel cloud in part of a storm Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Sand Springs, Okla. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma. (Brenton Leete/AP)

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 1:51 pm

A series of severe thunderstorms led to tornadoes across Oklahoma last night, killing one person and injuring several others. More than 75,000 people are without power and numerous schools are closed, as the damage is assessed.

On the same day in 1948, a tornado hit the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, causing considerable damage but few injuries and no fatalities. That is because Air Force Captain Robert Miller and Major Ernest Fawbush predicted the atmospheric conditions that led to the storm, based on another storm that occurred five days earlier.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:47 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Oklahoma Running Out Of Room For Oil As U.S. Hoards Crude In Cushing Hub

A tanker truck pulling into a terminal at the oil hub in Cushing, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

A booming U.S. oil industry has led to near-record amounts of oil production, which has helped drive down oil prices. The energy industry has responded by storing crude instead of selling it at discount rates. That has created a unique situation in Oklahoma, where a major oil storage hub is on track to fill up — completely.

One-fifth of the country’s commercial crude oil storage capacity is located Cushing, Okla., a small city of about 7,900 in northeastern Oklahoma. On the city’s outskirts, field after field are filled with hulking steel storage tanks.

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Weather and Climate
9:54 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Fallin Declares State Of Emergency For 25 Counties After Oklahoma Tornadoes

Moore resident Joetta Strain holds her "prized possession," a photograph of her parents she's had since she was 16. The home she's lived in since 1973 is likely a total loss after Wednesday's tornado.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated 2:31 p.m.: National Weather Service issues preliminary report

The Norman office of the National Weather Service spent Thursday assessing the aftermath of Wednesday's tornado and damaging straight line winds, and are surveying damage in southwest Oklahoma City and Moore.

The Weather Service received some criticism on social media for the timing of the tornado warning, and Thursday's report estimates the first tornado warning was issued six minutes after the twister developed over southwest Oklahoma City.

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