StateImpact Oklahoma
11:20 am
Thu July 25, 2013

StateImpact On OETA: Discussing Threats To Oklahoma’s Environment

From left: Dick Pryor and Bob Sands with OETA, StateImpact's Joe Wertz and the Journal Record's Sarah Terry-Cobo.
Credit OETA

StateImpact joined OETA journalists Dick Pryor and Bob Sands and Journal Record energy reporter Sarah Terry-Cobo for an Oklahoma Forum discussion about threats to the state’s air, land and water.

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Transportation
9:39 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Norman I-35 Main Street Bridge Coming Down

The Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation will begin tearing down the Main St. bridge in Norman that spans I-35 starting Thursday night.


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Work on the demolition is scheduled between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily, through the end of next week (if the weather cooperates).

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Thunder
9:26 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Fisher Returns To Thunder Roster

A Thunder team poster in Bricktown during last season.
Credit Elizabeth Gwartney

The Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed guard Derek Fisher on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old Fisher has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Thunder, averaging 4.5 points in 44 regular-season games. He has averaged 7.1 points in 31 playoff games for them.

The five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers has appeared in 240 postseason games.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti says in a statement that "Fisher has proven to be a valuable member of our team and we are excited to have him back."

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:55 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Government Help Hard To Come By For Those Wanting Tornado Shelters

Wiley Robison shows off the new tornado shelter outside his home near Jay, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

More than 10,000 individual tornado shelters have been built in Oklahoma since 1999 with the help of a state rebate program that provides up to $2,000 toward the cost of installing safe rooms in homes or underground.

So it seems the state is doing a lot to make taking shelter simpler and more affordable.

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U.S. Senate
8:34 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Senators Move To Restrict Federal Conferences

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
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Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has joined four other Republican senators in offering a bill intended to reduce government-sponsored conferences.

The bill would reduce travel expenses and reduce overall spending on the conferences.

Among other things, the bill prohibits agencies from paying travel expenses for more than 50 employees for any conference outside the United States unless the US Secretary of State certifies that the conference is in the national interest. It would also prohibit an agency from spending more than $500,000 on any single conference.

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Parallels
8:21 am
Thu July 25, 2013

South Africans Ponder A Nation Without Mandela

A well-wisher uses his phone to take a picture of a banner of photos of Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, where the former South African president is being treated.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 6:10 pm

From the township of Alexandra in Johannesburg, shack dwellers can look across a ravine to the spires of Sandton City, which houses the most lavish shopping mall in sub-Saharan Africa.

Alex, as this slum of roughly a half a million people is known, was home to Nelson Mandela when he first moved to Johannesburg in 1941.

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The Two-Way
5:40 am
Thu July 25, 2013

'Scene From Hell' At Site Of Spanish Train Crash

Some of the wreckage at the site of Wednesday's train crash near Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Miguel Vidal Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 5:50 am

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Sports
7:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Kevin Durant and Team USA Together Again

Kevin Durant
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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love say Wednesday they will be returning to play for Team USA.

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Education
6:28 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Prison Prepares Inmates To Succeed

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More than two dozen inmates are in line to be honored for academic achievements, but won't be able to put their skills to use right away. 

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Law
5:07 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

S.C. Court Orders 'Baby Veronica' Adoption Finalized

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered finalization of the adoption of "Baby Veronica" by a couple living near Charleston, S.C.
Melanie Capobianco AP

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 5:51 pm

Lawyers for the biological father of a Native American child are expected to make a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, hoping to prevent the return of the child to her adoptive parents.

But the four-year legal saga is likely near an end.

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