Three Republicans and Four Democrats Running
8:49 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Common Core Repeal Heats Up Primary Race

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin's decision to set aside Common Core education standards further heats up an already-hot race for state schools superintendent.

Fallin signed a bill Thursday repealing standards set to take effect in August. Oklahoma returns to guidelines in place before 2010, but will set new ones.

Both Fallin and incumbent state superintendent Janet Barresi initially supported Common Core but changed their positions. Even before the bill was passed, Barresi drew two GOP challengers this year. Conservatives have said they fear Common Core allows too much federal influence over state schools.

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No Vaccine for Humans
8:20 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Horse Owners Warned About West Nile Virus

Three Horses Near Turley, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma horse owners are being encouraged to vaccinate their animals against the potentially deadly West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis diseases.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry reports about 40 cases in each of the past two years in which horses in the state have been infected with the diseases.

The diseases are often carried by birds and transferred to mosquitoes, which spread the viruses through bites to both horses and humans.

While there are vaccines for horses there are, as yet, no vaccines for humans.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Jazz In June 2014

Jazz in June, Inc.
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June 8, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Next week, Jazz in June’s annual concerts, clinics and musician jams are here in Norman. Check the Jazz in June web page for more information about the concerts – from locations, times, the artistic line up and more. 

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Indian Times
9:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

OKC Indian Clinic To Host Wellness Walk At Remington Park

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The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic is hosting a Walk for Wellness on June 14 at Remington Park. The Clinic is trying to promote healthy lifestyles by engaging the whole family in healthy activities. Steve Daugherty is the health promotion and disease prevention coordinator for the clinic.

"There's several changes that we all need to make. Being natives we're more prevalent to diabetes and heart disease," Daugherty said.

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Indian Times
8:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Did Tribal Sovereign Immunity Dodge A Bullet?

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Brian Pierson, team leader for Indian Nations law team at Godfrey & Kahn, wrote an article about the Supreme Court’s recent decision on Michigan v Bay Mills Indian Community case for the

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Wants to capture OKC's "vibrant energy"
6:15 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Feature Film To Begin Shooting In Oklahoma City

Actor Michael Ironside
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Principal photography is set to start this weekend across Oklahoma City on a feature film about a financial adviser who loses his wife and his memory during a random shooting.

The psychological thriller "Element" will start shooting Saturday. The shoot is expected to take 16 days and will feature locations around Oklahoma's capital, including Paramount Cafe, Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse and the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City.

The film stars Michael Ironside, who is known for his roles in "Top Gun" and "Total Recall."

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DOC director pleasantly "surprised"
4:23 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Tulsa Country Sheriff Drops Lawsuit Against State Department Of Corrections

Sheriff Stanley Glanz
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff's Department

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz says he's dropping his lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections.

Glanz had filed the lawsuit last year — asking the court to order the corrections department to take state inmates that were being held in the Tulsa Jail.

Glanz told the Tulsa World that under new DOC director Robert Patton, state inmates are being moved out of the jail quickly.

Patton called the dismissal of the lawsuit "a pleasant surprise.


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World Views
1:22 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

SLIDESHOW: On The Road – The Forgotten Anniversary Of World War II

The American Cemetery in Florence where more than 4,000 soldiers were laid to rest after World War II.
Suzette Grillot KGOU

President Obama and other world leaders paused Friday to somberly mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France. But like in 1944, the D-Day anniversary overshadows another important milestone in World War II history – the June 1944 fall of Rome.

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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Fri June 6, 2014

70 Years After A Crucial Invasion, World Honors D-Day

President Obama speaks during the joint French-American D-Day commemoration at the Normandy American Cemetery.
Alain Jocard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 11:07 am

World leaders are gathered in France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day some 150,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy and began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley called the area overlooking the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, where thousands of U.S. troops are laid to rest, "one of the most beautiful places on Earth."

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Oklahoma Watch
10:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

What Will Repeal Of Common Core Standards Mean For Your Child?

Gov. Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi read to students at the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library in Oklahoma City in 2013.
Oklahoma State Department of Education

Oklahoma became the third state in the nation Thursday to move away from the Common Core academic standards.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that repeals the controversial standards and gives Oklahoma two years to craft replacement standards in math and English. She follows South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who signed a similar bill May 30. Indiana dropped Common Core earlier this year.

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