Oklahoma Politics
2:43 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

A Week Of Discord Among Oklahoma's Legislative Branches

Oklahoma's State Capitol

Long-running tension among Oklahoma's three branches of government reached a boiling point last week after a court decision in two death row cases.

Gov. Mary Fallin accused the state's Supreme Court of overstepping its bounds and some Republican lawmakers were so upset by the court's ruling that they called for the impeachment of justices.

The high court temporarily delayed the pending execution of two death row inmates, then later dropped the stays.

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Author Interviews
12:49 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Justice Stevens: Six Little Ways To Change The Constitution

In a new book, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says we should rewrite the Second Amendment, abolish the death penalty and restrict political campaign spending.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 10:30 am

Just a few words can hold a world of meaning. John Paul Stevens, the retired Supreme Court justice, has written a short new book in which he proposes a few words here and there that would create some sweeping changes.

The book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, details the half-dozen ways Stevens thinks the Constitution could be improved, changes that he says are worth the trouble of the arduous amendment process.

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The Two-Way
7:37 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Ukraine: International Observers Arrested, More Sanctions Approved

Masked pro-Russian activists guard a barricade outside the regional state building seized by separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk Saturday. Pro-Russian forces holding a group of international observers have accused them of being "NATO spies."
Alexander Khudoteply AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 10:58 am

The leaders of the world's largest economies are poised to punish Russia over its role in Ukraine's crisis with a new round of sanctions the Group of Seven approved Friday. The same day, a team of European monitors was arrested in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

The G7 leaders say the sanctions are a response to Moscow's lack of action on pledges made during recent talks in Geneva that were meant to calm the tense situation in Ukraine.

From Brussels, Teri Schultz reports for NPR's Newscast unit:

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Indian Times
10:45 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Summer Programs Available For Native Students Interested In Medicine

Credit Susan Shannon

In 1971 a group of fourteen American Indian and Alaska Native doctors formed the Association of American Indian Physicians, or AAIP, with the primary goal of improving the health of native communities by, among other things, giving support to native doctors in training. Today, the group has taken this mission further by encouraging future medical students.

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Restrictions on sale of e-cigarettes
6:14 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Fallin Signs Over Two Dozen Bills Into Law

Credit Michael Dorausch / Flickr.com

Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed two bills and signed more than two dozen others, including one that prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes or vapor products to minors.

Fallin's office announced the signings Friday afternoon.

The e-cigarette bill places into statute a definition of "vapor product" and restricts their sale, including a ban on sales to those younger than 18.

Other bills she signed deals with taxes, adoptions, school district residency and hazardous waste.

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Using It to teach history and arts in high school
5:16 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Mustang School Board Votes In Museum Of The Bible's Curriculum

Credit NYC Wanderer / Flickr.com

A high school curriculum billed as a way to teach archaeology, history and the arts through Bible stories also tells students God is always there in times of trouble, but that sinners must "suffer the consequences" of disobeying.

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Shots - Health News
3:37 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Family Tree Of Pertussis Traced, Could Lead To Better Vaccine

False-color transmission electron micrograph of a field of whooping cough bacteria, Bordetella pertussis.
A. Barry Dowsett Science Source

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:51 am

Whooping cough was once one of the leading killers of babies around the world. Now that it's largely controlled with a vaccine, scientists have had a chance to figure out how the disease came into being in the first place.

That story is told in a study published online this week in the journal mBio. And it turns out that whooping cough arose quite late in human history.

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World Views
3:24 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Difference Between Latin American And U.S. Protests? Natives, Religion, And Karl Marx

Thousands demonstrate against state violence in Venezuela in February 2014.
andresAzp Flickr Creative Commons

Translator, filmmaker, and author Clifton Ross says most Latin American social movements began among the indigenous people and urban poor during the 1970s and 80s as a response to neoliberal economic policies and limited citizen access to the political process.

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Oklahoma News
12:38 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Statue Of Chickasaw Storyteller Dedicated In Chickasha

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.-4) speaking at the dedication ceremony for a statue of his great aunt, Chickasaw storyteller and artist Te Ata.
Jessica Jackson University of Science of Arts of Oklahoma

Congressman Tom Cole says Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata Thompson Fisher should be credited for keeping Native American culture and identity alive when it wasn't always easy.

Cole, who is Fisher's great nephew, spoke Friday at the dedication of a bronze statue of Fisher at the University of Science and Arts inOklahoma in Chickasha.

Fisher attended Oklahoma College for Women — now USAO— before becoming a world-renowned Chickasaw storyteller and an actress.

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Severe Storms
11:53 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Large Hail, Damaging Winds Could Move Through Oklahoma Saturday And Sunday

Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says it’s starting to get a better idea of the timing of severe storms expected to hit the state Saturday and Sunday.

Thunderstorms will start to develop late afternoon and early evening Saturday in far southwestern Oklahoma, moving northeast overnight into Sunday.

Large, damaging hail and damaging winds are the primary concern, but tornadoes are possible.

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