World Views
9:47 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Rebel Pope Urges Catholics To Shake Up Dioceses

A supporter of Pope Francis holds balloons on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
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Pope Francis is urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith.

It's a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio's most violent slums and opening the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach Thursday.

“1970s surveys suggested that 90 percent of Brazilians identified with being Catholic, and now it's just shy of 60 percent,” says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. “You've seen declining numbers. The pope wants to try to boost those numbers.”

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Report: Feds Have Asked Web Firms For Users' Passwords

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Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:09 pm

"The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders," CNET News is reporting.

It adds that:

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Prisons
8:30 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Latest Report: Oklahoma’s Rate of Imprisonment Keeps Rising

The 10 states with the highest incarceration rates in 2012.
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Oklahoma continues to imprison people at one of the highest rates in the nation, ranking fourth in a newly released report from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Oklahoma, which has seen prison populations increase steadily over the past several decades, incarcerated 648 residents per 100,000 population in 2012, according to the study released Thursday by the bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Justice. That’s up 2.5 percent, an increase from 632 in 2011.

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Native American
7:06 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Race A Factor In ICWA Surprise To Biological Mom, So Suing Attorney General

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The biological mother of a girl at the center of a South Carolina adoption dispute has sued the federal government over a law governing the placement of Indian children.

Christy Maldonado on Wednesday sued U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder seeking a declaration that parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act are unconstitutional.

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Business and Economy
6:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

OSU Helping Its Inventors Go Commercial

Old Central on the campus of Oklahoma State University where the school's for-profit company is helping inventors see their ideas through to commercial production,
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A company owned by Oklahoma State University says it has secured $1.1 million in investment funding for work on arsenic removal technology that can be used in the real world.

The for-profit company, Cowboy Technologies, LLC, announced it closed on the funding for work at Associated Material Processing, a company with products that can remove arsenic from water systems.

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World Views
2:12 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

How Prince George Provides A "Baby Bump" For British Economy

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, leaves the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington in central London with her son Prince George Alexander Louis, third in line for the British throne.
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Earlier this week the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their son Prince George Alexander Louis, concluding seven months of speculation about the child who might someday sit on the British throne.

KGOU’s World Views host Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, was vacationing in Scotland Monday when the royal baby arrived.

She says while most residents she spoke with seemed more excited about Phil Mickelson winning the 2013 British open in nearby East Lothian, the economic impact of the heir to the throne is something everyone is talking about.

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Politics and Government
1:11 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Prosecutors: Manning Wanted Attention For Leaks

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Prosecutors say U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning betrayed his country's trust and gave military secrets to WikiLeaks to make a name for himself. 

The prosecutors said during closing arguments Thursday in the soldier's court-martial that he knew the sensitive material he leaked would fall into the hands of al-Qaida.

Manning is charged with aiding the enemy, which carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison. His defense attorneys have argued there was no evidence he knew al-Qaida looked specifically at the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

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Business and Economy
12:19 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Spirit AeroSystems Announces 360 Layoffs

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Spirit AeroSystems says it is laying off about 360 employees at its Kansas and Oklahoma facilities. 

The Wichita-based aircraft parts maker announced the move Thursday, a day after union officials disclosed company preparations for the anticipated layoffs. The move affects salaried support staff and management employees.

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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.
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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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