College Football
7:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

T. Boone Pickens Disappointed With Sports Illustrated

T. Boone Pickens
Credit jurvetson /

Oklahoma State University megabooster T. Boone Pickens says he's disappointed with Sports Illustrated over the magazine's reports alleging wrongdoing at OSU.

The first of a five-part series released by Sports Illustrated Tuesday says players were paid thousands of dollars for at least a decade as the program grew into a national power under coaches Les Miles and Mike Gundy. OSU said it notified the NCAA about the report and began its own investigation.

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6:25 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

After Newtown Tragedy, Some Schools Are All But Bulletproof

Dara Van Antwerp, an armed school resource officer, will be permanently stationed at Panther Run Elementary School in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Across the country, schools have increased security after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., last year.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:05 pm

As parents send their kids off to school this fall, many are wondering what's been done since last year to make sure they're safe.

Many schools have embraced new security measures since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, from uniformed police on hallway patrol to shatterproof laminated windows.

'How Could This Have Happened?'

Bob Gay of Newtown, Conn., has a tattoo on his arm of his daughter Josephine's footprints as a baby and the number "2560," for the number of days she was alive.

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State Capitol
6:10 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Fallin Signs All Bills Passed In Special Session

Gov. Mary Fallin at a state Capitol news conference during last week's special session.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law 23 bills to overhaul the state's system for filing and handling civil lawsuits, including a measure some legal experts say creates an unconstitutional barrier to the courts.

Fallin on Tuesday announced that she signed each of the bills sent to her by the House and Senate following a five-day special session to change the state's tort laws.

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The Two-Way
5:32 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Humberto Expected To Become First Hurricane Of Atlantic Season

Tropical Storms Humberto and Gabrielle. Humberto is expected to become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.
National Hurricane Center

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 7:05 pm

Tropical Storm Humberto is poised to get a promotion, becoming the first hurricane of an otherwise lackluster Atlantic season to date.

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4:47 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles

A Dust Bowl farmer digs out a fence post to keep it from being buried under drifting sand in Cimarron County, Okla., in 1936.
Arthur Rothstein Library of Congress

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 5:39 pm

In the 1930s, the Dust Bowl ravaged crops and helped plunge the U.S. into an environmental and economic depression. Farmland in parts of Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas disappeared.

After the howling winds passed and the dust settled, federal foresters planted 100 million trees across the Great Plains, forming a giant windbreak — known as a shelterbelt — that stretched from Texas to Canada.

Now, those trees are dying from drought, leaving some to worry whether another Dust Bowl might swirl up again.

An Experiment That Worked

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10:28 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Oklahoma Set To Execute Inmate For 1979 Shooting

The gate to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, home of the state's death row.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr Creative Commons

An Oklahoma death row inmate is scheduled to be executed for the shooting death of a 24-year-old Korean national 34 years ago.

Sixty-one-year-old Anthony Rozelle Banks was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in Tulsa County for the June 6, 1979, killing of Sun "Kim" Travis. His execution is set Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester.

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10:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Follow The Money: Part I Of Sports Illustrated's Report On OSU Football

Lead in text: 
Sports Illustrated publishes the first of its five-part series on allegations of misconduct in Oklahoma State University's football program.
Calvin Mickens was elated. The freshman cornerback from Beaumont, Texas, had just appeared in his first college game, Oklahoma State's 2005 season-opening 15-10 home victory over Montana State, and he had performed well, forcing a fumble, breaking up a pass and making two tackles.
Five Day Special Session
6:18 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Oklahoma House And Senate Take Care of Business

Oklahoma State Capitol
Credit eschipul / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Legislature has wrapped up a five-day special session to make changes to Oklahoma's civil justice system.

The House and Senate passed about two dozen bills on Monday — the final day of the Legislature's first special session since 2006. The measures address legal procedures in areas like medical malpractice, class-action lawsuits and product liability, among others.

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International Literacy Day
4:25 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Former First Lady Emphasizes Literacy And "Marrying Well"

Former First Lady Barbara Bush with her son President George W. Bush
Credit Marion Doss /

Former First Lady Barbara Bush connected with students affected by a deadly May tornado via a Skype visit and told the girls in the audience to "marry well."

Bush connected with the students at Briarwood Elementary School as part of her foundation's recognition of International Literacy Day. Bush answered questions from students and spoke about the importance of literacy.

She says she had wonderful opportunities as First Lady and is still able to take part in some of them. She encouraged the girls to "marry well" like she did.

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Planet Money
4:08 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph

Matt Stiles NPR

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 12:59 am

Erin Ford graduated from the University of Texas two years ago with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. Recruiters came to campus to woo her. She got a paid summer internship, which turned into a full-time job after she graduated. Now, at age 24, she makes $110,000 a year.

Michael Gardner just graduated from City College in New York with a degree in psychology. He applied for more than 100 jobs, had trouble getting interviews and worked at Home Depot to make ends meet.

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