New three-year deal being discussed
4:17 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Supporters Of Unfinished Native Museum Not Giving Up

Credit American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

Supporters of a plan to spend $40 million in state money to help complete a Native American museum in Oklahoma City say they're trying to come up with a new way to fund the project after the original proposal stalled before a House deadline.

Oklahoma City Republican Rep. David Dank said Monday one new idea being discussed is a three-year deal for $15 million next year, followed by $15 million in Fiscal Year 2016 and $10 million in 2017.

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This is KGOU
2:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

KGOU, StateImpact Oklahoma Dominate Radio Awards From Journalism Organization

Brian Hardzinski, Patrick Roberts, Kurt Gwartney, Karen Holp, Logan Layden and Joe Wertz after the awards banquet.
Credit Jolly Brown / KGOU

KGOU and a journalism cooperative it leads, StateImpact Oklahoma, combined to sweep several categories of awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists' Oklahoma Pro Chapter. The journalists' organization also honored KGOU General Manager Karen Holp as its Teacher of the Year for her work as adjunct faculty for the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism, teaching students who produce a program broadcast on KGOU.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Killer Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas, Oklahoma

Travel trailers and motor homes were piled on top of each other at Mayflower RV in Mayflower, Ark., on Sunday after tornadoes carved through the central and southern U.S.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 12:55 pm

This post was updated at 1:53 p.m. ET

Emergency officials were searching Monday for survivors after tornadoes tore through parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma overnight, killing at least 14 people and leveling entire neighborhoods.

"We don't have a count on injuries or missing. We're trying to get a handle on the missing part," Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said at a news conference Monday. "Just looking at the damage, this may be one of the strongest we have seen."

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

How The South Destroyed The Legacy Of War Hero And ‘Essential President' U.S. Grant

U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, circa 1870
Matthew Brady Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

Over the past six decades, dozens of scholarly surveys have attempted to rank the terms of U.S presidents. Beginning with Arthur Schlesinger’s poll in Life magazine in 1948, Ulysses S. Grant shows up near the bottom of dozens of lists well into the early 2000s.

Since a 2005 Wall Street Journal poll, though, Grant’s legacy has gradually improved over the last decade.

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Education
8:52 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Struggling To Get Out Of Poverty: The 'Two Generation' Approach

Tiffany Contreras gives a presentation in a nutrition class at Tulsa Community College. She's pursuing a degree in nursing as part of the Career Advance program.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 1:15 pm

Policy makers and thinkers have long debated how best to help low-income families break the cycle of generational poverty. A lot of people think one key is high-quality early childhood education. Others say equally important is support parents with job training and education, to get them into stable, decent paying jobs.

In Tulsa, Okla., an experimental program is trying to do both. Career Advance gives vulnerable mothers access to high-quality preschool as well as to life coaching, financial incentives and intensive job training in in-demand fields like nursing and health care.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Three Years Later, Norman Residents Still Wait For Storm Shelter Rebates

Karen Stark stands in her newly installed safe room in her garage in Norman.
Credit Kate Carlton

Tornado season has returned once again, and after the experience of last year, many Oklahomans are re-assessing their safety plans and prepping their designated refuge areas. 

For some people, that just means cleaning out their safe room. But for others, this weekend’s tornado scare was a reminder that they still haven’t gotten funding they were promised to build safe rooms.

Karen Stark has lived in Norman for decades. She’s seen her fair share of storms. But it wasn’t until just a few years ago that she finally decided it was time to install a safe room in her house.

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Oklahoma Watch
6:46 am
Mon April 28, 2014

With Nearly Lowest Pay In U.S., Oklahoma Schools Struggle To Recruit Teachers

ECDC Public School's class watches intently as teacher Sommer Lyons shares the story of the Easter Bunny.
Nick Conroy Oklahoma Watch

Like leaks in a levee, teacher shortages are springing up faster than Oklahoma school districts can respond.

Now, instead of shortages mainly in math, science and special education, schools are grappling with vacancies in all departments and grade levels, according to lawmakers and district recruiters.

Oklahoma City Public Schools has 403 teaching vacancies that need to be filled before next school year, up from levels three years ago, recruiters said. Tulsa Public Schools is struggling to fill 84 positions, up from the typical 30 to 40 vacancies. Smaller districts are also struggling to recruit.

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Severe Storms
6:05 am
Mon April 28, 2014

One Killed, More Injured During Sunday Tornado Outbreak In Northeast Oklahoma

A house destroyed by the Sunday, April 27 tornado that devastated Quapaw, Oklahoma.
Kurt Gwartney Eastern Oklahoma Region - American Red Cross

Updated at 10:58 a.m. with the name of the victim, and declaration of a state of emergency

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Ottawa County following a tornado that struck Quapaw that destroyed the fire station and at least five businesses and other structures. Damage assessments continue Monday.

Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions to deliver materials and supplies to needed jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance.

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OKC Memorial Marathon
3:42 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

After Severe Weather Delay, Norman Runners Win Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Norman resident Jason Cook crosses the finish line Sunday during the 2014 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Provided Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

A pair of runners from Norman have won the 2014 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Severe storms forced organizers to delay the Marathon just before runners were set to take the course.

Sunday's race was scheduled to start at 6:30 a.m., but inclement weather that formed west of the city moved into the area around sunrise. Organizers pushed the start of the race by nearly two hours to let the storm move through. Downtown buildings opened to provide shelter to the runners.

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Double Execution
12:58 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Oklahoma Double Execution Set For Tuesday

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Two death row inmates who sued the state Department of Corrections over the secrecy surrounding its execution protocol are scheduled to die this week in Oklahoma's first double execution since 1937.

Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, set to die Tuesday, sued the state of Oklahoma in February. After a lengthy battle that took the case to four different courts, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Oklahoma County District Court had erred in siding with the inmates.

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