Special Report: Auditing The Disaster Aid For 2013 Tornadoes And Storms

Federal public-assistance funds are paying for the rebuilding of Plaza Towers Elementary School, in which seven children died in the May 20, 2013, tornado. The school is expected to open next month.
Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch

The tornadoes and storms that devastated Oklahoma and killed 34 last year triggered the release of tens of millions of dollars in federal and state aid that will keep flowing for years.

To date, the federal government has approved up to $257 million in disaster assistance of various kinds to help re build damage and help victims of the winds and flooding that struck between May 18 and June 2, 2013, and to mitigate future risks.

The state has contributed an additional $10.5 million, and private insurers are paying about $1.1 billion. Charities also have pumped in aid.

The relief aid stemming from Disaster No. 4117, as it is called by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is arriving through several channels, heading ultimately to state and local agencies, contractors, businesses and individuals.

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Politics and Government
7:32 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ex-Oklahoma Lawmaker To Be Tried On Bribery Charge

Former State Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A former Oklahoma lawmaker charged with bribery is scheduled to go to trial almost three years after the felony charge was filed by anOklahoma County prosecutor.

Jury selection for former Republican Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore is to begin Monday. Prosecutors say Terrill offered to set up former Democratic Sen. Debbe Leftwich ofOklahoma City in a state job in exchange for promising not to seek re-election so a Republican colleague of Terrill's could run for her open seat.

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StoryCorps
7:09 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Air The StoryCorps Theme, Cue The Tears

Radio documentarian Dave Isay stands next to one of two StoryCorps Airstream trailers outfitted with recording studios a few years after the project was launched. StoryCorps is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 2:37 pm

NPR's Steve Inskeep has a confession to make. In order to remain composed as the host of Morning Edition, he sometimes has to turn the volume down in the studio when the StoryCorps segment airs on Fridays.

"I just wait for the clock to run down so I know when to talk at the end because otherwise I know I'm going to lose it if I listen to that story," Inskeep tells StoryCorps founder Dave Isay. "It's deeply moving."

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The Two-Way
4:50 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Obama Administration Addresses Health Care Website Fumbles

A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange internet site.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 11:17 am

The Obama administration has started to confront the many technological problems that have hampered the roll out of the new health care law.

"I think that there's no one more frustrated than the president at the difficulty in the website," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Meet the Press this morning.

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Sox Vs. Cards: 5 Things To Know About The World Series

Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on Sunday.
Jared Wickerham Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 20, 2013 1:45 pm

The Boston Red Sox clinched the American League pennant last night during a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

That means the World Series matchup is set: It'll be the Red Sox vs. the St. Louis Cardinals beginning Wednesday in Boston.

With that, here are five things you should know about the upcoming championship series:

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Manager's Desk
12:18 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Thank You for the Successful Fall Membership Drive

Fireworks for a successful fall membership drive!
Credit Kevin Dooley

October 20, 2013

With enormous thanks to the listeners who became members of KGOU, this fall membership drive raised about $202,500 for the station's operations.  Over 1,200 members donated in the weeks before or during the drive and about 200 of them were new to membership.

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The Salt
8:09 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Unleashed On Halloween, Monster Cereals Haunt Hoarders

This Halloween season, the three big Monster Cereals will be joined by Frute Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy, which haven't been on the market in decades.
Dan Pashman

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 2:11 pm

This Halloween season, the cereal monsters are on the loose. Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry have consumers in their grasp — for a limited time only.

General Mills' line of "Monster Cereals" originally hit the market in the early '70s, but the company decided in 2010 they would only be available during the Halloween season.

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Politics
8:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

'It Takes A Crisis': How '73 Embargo Fueled Change In U.S.

Drivers and a man pushing a lawnmower line up at gas station in San Jose, Calif., in March 1974.
AP

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:26 pm

Americans started thinking differently about U.S. dependence on imported oil 40 years ago this Sunday. Decades later, the U.S. is in the midst of a homegrown energy boom.

The oil embargo began in 1973. The United States had long taken cheap and plentiful oil for granted when Saudi Arabia shocked the country by suddenly cutting off all direct oil shipments in retaliation for U.S. support of Israel. Other Arab countries followed suit.

Prices soared. Gasoline lines stretched for blocks. Richard Nixon became the first of many U.S. presidents to call for energy independence.

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Indian Times
7:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Star Wars As You Never Heard It Before...In Navajo

Credit SNMONH

Star Wars is one of those iconic movies that left its mark on the pop culture…Native Americans are often left out of the popular zeitgeist, so to encourage more interest in native languages the Navajo Nation took this movie and made it their own. And now its coming to a theater near you.

The movie will have its Oklahoma debut at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman on October 27 at 7pm.

Daniel Swan, Curator of Ethnology at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, said the movie is entirely dubbed in Navajo.

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Co-founder of Chesapeake and SandRidge
6:19 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former CEO Starts New Energy Company

Tom Ward
Credit snu.edu

The former CEO of SandRidge Energy Inc. and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. has started a new Oklahoma City energy company.

The Oklahoman reports that Tom Ward's new company, Tapstone Energy LLC, has leased space in an office building downtown. Ward says the company has "a handful of employees" and is looking for more employees and oil and gas properties.

Ward says he is funding the new company himself for now, but that he might consider bringing on other investors.

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Parents May Not Meet Income Requirements
4:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Student Numbers In Oklahoma Promise Scholarship Program Declines

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Oklahoma officials say the number of students enrolling in the Oklahoma Promise scholarship program continues to decline.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education expect 18,300 students to enroll in the program during the 2014-2015 school year. According to The Oklahoman, that's a 5.2 decrease from the current year's enrollment.

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