StateImpact Oklahoma
7:36 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Why Regulators Are ‘Scratching Their Heads’ Over Northeast Oklahoma Coal Mine

Credit Geoffrey Rhodes / Flickr Creative Commons

A new coal mining operation near Oologah Lake in northeast Oklahoma would disturb 11,000 feet of streambed and drain a pond in the Panther Creek watershed. But that’s not the problem.

The issue is over how to restore the damaged land after mining ends — and that depends on whose rules apply: the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’.

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Education
5:46 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool?

Nikki Jones' preschool class at Porter Early Childhood Development Center in Tulsa.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 8:38 am

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Will start second petition
6:18 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Take Shelter Oklahoma Will Try,Try Again

Credit Kansas City District U.S. Corps Of Engineers / Flickr.com

An organization that wants to place storm shelters in Oklahoma's public schools says it's abandoning the effort and will launch a second petition following the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to stand by an earlier ruling in the case.

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Death Penalty
4:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Executions Stayed For Two Death Row Inmates

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., where the state's lethal injections take place.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has stayed the execution of two death row inmates who have challenged the state's secrecy protocol surrounding the source of lethal injection drugs.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court issued the stay Monday, just one day before death row inmate Clayton Lockett was scheduled to be executed for the 1999 shooting death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman.

The second inmate, Charles Warner, was convicted in the 1997 death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. He was scheduled to die on April 29.

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Oklahoma Politics
2:37 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

One Joe Says No, So Another Joe Goes: Election Board Tosses Oklahoma Gov. Candidate

Former gubernatorial candidate Joe Sills.
Credit Joe Sills for Governor of Oklahoma / Facebook

An independent candidate for Oklahoma governor has been removed from the ballot after the state's election board determined a guilty plea to a felony crime more than a decade ago disqualified him from running.

The three-member Oklahoma Election Board voted unanimously Monday to remove Joe Sills' name from the ballot. Sills' candidacy was challenged by Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Rep. Joe Dorman.

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Standardized Testing
2:33 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Glitches Prompt Suspension Of Oklahoma Tests... Again

State Superintendent Janet Barresi during Monday's State Department of Education press conference.
Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch

Updated at 2:26 p.m. after a State Department of Education press conference.

For the second consecutive year, standardized testing for Oklahoma students has been disrupted, prompting the state superintendent to suspend all online testing for the day.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:31 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Solar And Wind Surcharge Bill Passes Legislature, Awaits Governor’s Signature

Credit Brian Kusler / Flickr Creative Commons

A legislative measure that would allow electricity utilities to charge higher rates to customers who generate electricity with small solar installations or wind turbines has passed an Oklahoma House committee and now awaits Gov. Mary Fallin’s signature.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:35 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Three Reasons Why American Artists Rarely Painted The Civil War

Prisoners from the Front
Winslow Homer The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The first two major American military conflicts produced some of the most important art of the 18th and 19th centuries. John Trumbull’s portraits of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Alexander Hamilton were later immortalized on the back of U.S. currency, and Thomas Birch documented the major navel battles of the War of 1812.

But there’s a void in cultural output when it comes to the Civil War. Princeton University art historian John Wilmerding argues there are three reasons: a high point of American literature, the rise of photography, and the American landscape as the definition of national identity.

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Health
10:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Oklahoma Dental Groups Split On Oral Surgery Legislation

Credit Andrew Fresh / Flickr Creative Commons

Some Oklahoma dental groups are opposing a bill in the state Legislature dealing with training requirements for oral surgery dental assistants.

But the head of the state dental board says the language in the bill has been misunderstood.

The Tulsa World reports the bill would set forth the training required to obtain a permit as an oral surgery dental assistant.

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Mon April 21, 2014

As It Happened: American Wins 118th Running Of The Boston Marathon

Boylston Street's 26-mile marker will be a welcome sight to the thousands of runners who are in today's Boston Marathon. Today marks the 118th running of the race.
Jared Wickerham Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 6:11 pm

There is no doubt the bombings of last year cast a long shadow on the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

It was an inevitable backdrop: The signs on the buildings that line the course near the finish are usually covered in witty, encouraging posters. This year, they encouraged a greater kind of perseverance.

"Boston Strong," they exhorted.

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