Thunder Up
7:36 am
Sun May 4, 2014

OKC Thunder Win First Round Playoff

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Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Westbrook had 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. His assist total tied the franchise record for a playoff game set in 1987 by Nate McMillan when the team was still in Seattle.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Farewell To KGOU Students

Credit Archana Heenpella

It is finals week here at the University of Oklahoma, and it means that we say farewell to the student who have been working with us for class credit this spring. 

In the Radio Practicum class, our students were Becca Buckner, Jeremy Choat and Nick Masopust.  These three handled a range of activities including writing, announcing and producing a range content.

In the Radio News class, the student reporters were Molly Evans and Madeline Stebbins.  Their work aired in Assignment Radio, and the last episode will be Sunday, May 11th at noon.

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5:06 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Grizzlies Face OKC Thunder In Game 7 Without Randolph

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The Memphis Grizzlies will be without top scorer Zach Randolph in Game 7 against the Thunder on Saturday night, but they remain confident.

Randolph was suspended for punching Steven Adams in the jaw late in Game 6. Memphis coach Dave Joerger said Saturday that his 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward feels "terrible" and "awful" about the situation. The Grizzlies say their offensive game plan changes completely, but they expect their stout defense to give them a chance.

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The Salt
6:18 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

The National Organic Standards Board voted to no longer allow farmers to use the antibiotic streptomycin on organic apple and pear trees.
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Here in the news biz, we rely on thumbnail descriptions, sparing you the details. We'll tell you, for instance, that organic farmers aren't allowed to use synthetic pesticides and factory-made fertilizer.

In general, that's true. But there's also a long list of pesky exceptions to the rule. And this week, a battle erupted over those exceptions: the synthetic or factory-made substances that organic farmers are still allowed to use because the farmers say they couldn't survive without them.

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Claimed home was primary residence
6:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Defrauding FEMA May Cost Seven Times The Amount Taken

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 A Mannford woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to committing fraud in order to receive more than $31,000 in federal disaster payments.

Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Kerry Lynn Rowell pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa. Rowell admitted receiving about $31,400 from the Federal Emergency Disaster Agency in money that was available to victims of wildfires in the Mannford area in 2013.

Rowell's attorney declined comment on the case.

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Renewed debate on doctors being present
5:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

American Medical Association Weighs In On Execution Practices

Credit American Medical Association

A botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has renewed debate on whether doctors should be banned from executions.

Some of the nation's 32 death penalty states, including Oklahoma, mandate doctor participation. Critics say what happened there proves a doctor's presence can't guarantee a smooth process.

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Manager's Desk
2:06 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Oklahoma Tornado Project Photography Exhibit

This photo by James Bokovoy is among those that will be exhibited at Leadership Square May 6 through 30.
Credit James Bokovoy

The KGOU Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center have collaborated to present a month-long exhibit of photographs called “Not Just Another Day in May.”

I want to thank the amateur and professional photographers who submitted photos for consideration.  The exhibit will mark the anniversary of tornadoes that struck several Oklahoma communities last May. The photos were curated by the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.

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The Two-Way
12:11 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Unemployment Drops To 6.3 Percent, Lowest In 5 Years

Job seekers sign in before meeting prospective employers during a January career fair at a hotel in Dallas.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 11:06 am

This post has been updated.

The nation's economy added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, far more than forecast, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent, its lowest level in five years, according to the Labor Department.

The rate, which is the lowest since September 2008, was down from 6.7 percent in March.

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11:22 am
Fri May 2, 2014

A First Look At The Satanic Monument Proposed For The Oklahoma State Capitol

An artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath a pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.
In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying Satan on the front lawn of the Oklahoma state Capitol. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised.
World Views
10:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Reimagining HIV/AIDS And Healthcare In South Africa

Aid workers explain the relationship between HIV and tuberculosis in South Africa
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development Flickr Creative Commons

HIV/AIDS is commonly considered an individual affliction, however Abigail Neely says that HIV/AIDS needs to be considered within the social, cultural, and economic environment of South Africa.

In South Africa, HIV/AIDS is endemic. Neely says that over 30 percent of the population is infected with HIV, however co-infection with tuberculosis is also prevalent.

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