Health Education
9:10 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Tobacco Board Wants Assessment Of Oklahoma School-Based Health

Credit Wesley Fryer / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Directors on Thursday approved the hiring of a consultant to assist with conducting an assessment of school-based health education in Oklahoma.

Following discussions of the need for a more youth-oriented movement, Chairwoman Casey Killblane expressed concern for the lack of health education in classrooms, saying the discussions often get tied up by “a lot of emotional garbage.”

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Fri September 13, 2013

'Biblical' Flooding Rages In Colorado

Patrick Tinsley and Mary Kerns walk from their mountain community, Magnolia, where road access is shut off by debris. Flash flooding in Colorado has left at least three people reportedly dead and the widespread high waters have hampered emergency workers' access to affected communities as heavy rains hammered northern Colorado.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 6:15 pm

"As heavy rains brought wide ranging flood conditions across the state Thursday, the Front Range is bracing for more Friday," our colleagues at Northern Colorado's KUNC report.

They add that:

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It's All Politics
5:33 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana 'Wild West'

A man pulls out a bag of marijuana to fill a pipe at Hempfest in Seattle on Aug. 16. Thousands packed a waterfront park for the opening of a three-day marijuana festival, an event that is part party, part protest and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington and Colorado in 2012.
Elaine Thompson AP

When the Obama administration recently announced it wouldn't challenge the decision by Colorado and Washington voters to fully legalize marijuana, criticism rained down.

The administration's position, complained one Colorado congressman, was tantamount to allowing states to opt out of the federal law banning pot possession, cultivation and sale.

Other anti-legalization activists predicted that the administration was waving the white flag in the war on drugs.

The first claim is essentially true: The states will be creating their own regulatory regimes.

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Guns
6:10 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

4th Grade Football Team Has Surprising Raffle Prize... A Gun

Hand Gun
Credit Coast Ranger / Flickr.com

A youth football program in northeastern Oklahoma is making waves over a fundraiser that raffled off tickets saying the winner would receive a handgun.

But the president of the volunteer program said the raffle was actually for a gift certificate to a gun store — not for a gun.

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Non-Profits
4:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Feed The Children Looking To Businessmen For Guidance

Volunteers for Feed The Children
Credit Salvation Army USA West / Flickr.com

Feed the Children has named two Texas businessmen to its growing international board of directors.

The Oklahoma City-based charity announced Thursday the appointments of Michael Dinkins of Frisco and Michael Hogan of Grapevine to the board.

Dinkins is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Greatbatch, which designs and builds medical devices. Hogan is an executive vice president at GameStop, one of the world's largest video game retailers.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:53 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Regulator Will Respond To Risk of Injection Well Earthquakes With Suggestions, Not Rules Or Laws

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy
Credit Provided / State of Oklahoma

Geophysicists have linked Oklahoma’s largest earthquake to an injection well used by the oil and gas industry, and there is growing concern among many seismologists that underground disposal of oilfield waste fluid can trigger quakes or make it easier for faults to slip.

Wastewater disposal wells have been linked to quakes in a half-dozen other states. Oklahoma’s regulatory response has been more passive than most, StateImpact reported in May.

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The Salt
2:24 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Taking Down Big Food Is The Name Of Chipotle's New Game

Chipotle Mexican Grill launched The Scarecrow, an arcade-style adventure game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Business Wire

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 2:22 pm

Chipotle Mexican Grill prides itself on the fact that it serves only "responsibly raised beef, pork and chicken." That means the meat it buys comes from animals raised outside or in comfy pens, who are never given antibiotics and are fed an additive-free, vegetarian diet.

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Here & Now
1:21 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Oklahoma Public Schools Still Struggling To Recover From Recession

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new study out today from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that more than two-thirds of states are spending less per child on schools than they were five years ago.

Listen to Meghna Chakrabarti's conversation with Michael Leachman, director of state fiscal research with the State Fiscal Policy division of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and lead author of the report.

The report analyzed inflation-adjusted figures from Fiscal Year 2008 to 2014, and finds Oklahoma is spending nearly 23 percent less per child on schools than five years ago. 

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12:14 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Drugs: Part III Of Sports Illustrated's Report On OSU Football

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Sports Illustrated publishes the third of its five-part series on allegations of misconduct in Oklahoma State University's football program.
  • Source: Cnn
  • | Via: George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans
At around 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, 2009, Stillwater police executed a search warrant at the off-campus residence of Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Bo Bowling. An ex-girlfriend, whom police officers found inebriated outside Bowling's home, had told them that Bowling had marijuana in his possession.
StateImpact Oklahoma
11:18 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Q&A: Oklahoma’s New Secretary Of Energy And Environment

Now-retired Col. Michael Teague commanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District, which includes Lake Eufaula, a lake that illustrates the delicate balance of different water needs in Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Traditionally, Oklahoma’s governor has relied on advice from separate officials representing energy and the environment.

But in July, Gov. Mary Fallin moved to combine the two offices into one. “Strong energy policy is strong environmental policy,” Fallin said in a statement accompanying an executive order creating the new Secretary of Energy and Environment cabinet secretary post.

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