Assignment: Radio
1:04 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Going "Home" For the First Time

Credit Brant Morrell

“Ever since I could walk I’ve never been a home run hitter, I let the other guys do that and grab the glory.” says Craig Aikin, Centerfielder at the University of Oklahoma.

Craig Aikin is a freshman Centerfielder for the University of Oklahoma’s baseball team. He’s generously listed at 5’ 10” on the Sooners roster. He’s known for his speed, but he showed at a young age he has some power.

“It was coach pitch, I was six or seven,” says Aikin. “I remember my dad was standing there throwing, he was the coach, and I would get frustrated cause he wouldn’t throw me a strike.”

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World Views
11:05 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Evolution Of Embassy Construction Shows The Terrorists Won

The U.S. Embassy in Singapore. It opened November 1, 1996 "with with a crenelated walkway is set back from the main road a considerable distance to protect it from bomb blasts."
Credit United States Diplomacy Center / U.S. State Department

Listen to Richard Arndt's conversation with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis

Earlier this year an independent review by veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen slammed the U.S. State Department for inadequate security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before the September 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

“The styles of public diplomacy are now constrained by our fear,” says Richard Arndt, a veteran U.S. diplomat and the author of The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the  Twentieth Century. ”Which after all is what terrorists try to produce, and which they've amply succeeded in.”

Arndt says as the United States reestablished diplomatic relations with European countries after World War II, the goal was to build the most beautiful embassies possible.

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9:26 am
Tue May 14, 2013

State Health Board To Meet In Tulsa Dentist Case

Offices of Tulsa oral surgeon Dr. W. Scott Harrington
Credit KWGS News

The Oklahoma State Board of Health plans to meet partly in executive session to discuss the ongoing investigation of a Tulsa oral surgeon who was at the center of a public health scare involving thousands of his patients.

The meeting in Oklahoma City starts Tuesday morning. The executive session is scheduled as the second-to-last item on the agenda, and a spokeswoman with the agency could not comment on what specifically would be discussed.

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7:18 am
Tue May 14, 2013

In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

In 2011, Jessica Buchanan was an aid worker in northern Somalia, helping to raise awareness about how to avoid land mines. The north was the relatively safe section of the country; that October, she traveled to the more dangerous southern region for a training. The night before she left, she texted her husband, Erik Landemalm, also an aid worker in Somalia. She asked him a question: "If I get kidnapped on this trip, will you come and get me?"

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Keystone XL Pipeline
8:21 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

TransCanada Sues to Stop Pipeline Protesters

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:31 am

ATOKA, Okla. (AP) — TransCanada has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction and restraining order that keeps protesters from disrupting its pipeline construction sites in Oklahoma.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:45 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Why a Move to Regional Water Planning Could Cause Controversy in Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 1:10 pm

Oklahoma’s state water authorities want to move from population-based to regional water planning.

The change was outlined in the most recent update of the state’s Comprehensive Water Plan,and is the framework for a bill making its way through the legislature.

Senate Bill 965 would change the composition of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, giving less-populated areas of the state an equal say in how Oklahoma’s water is used.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:44 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

How Fee Increases Are Outpacing Tax Cuts In Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 11:23 am

StateImpact reported in April on how difficult practically impossible it is to raise taxes in Oklahoma, and the 1992 state question responsible.

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State Capitol
5:54 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Dorman Plans Push for Budget Analysis Reform

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A longtime Democratic legislator says he plans to push for a statewide vote to require the Legislature to conduct ``zero-based'' budgeting on state agencies every four years.

Rush Springs Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman said Monday he plans to introduce a joint resolution during the next session that if approved would send a proposed constitutional amendment to a vote of the people.

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Politics and Government
5:52 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

RNC Chairman Visits Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The chairman of the Republican National Committee is visiting Oklahoma and calling state House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Lawton a ``rising star'' within the GOP.

Chairman Reince Priebus met with Shannon and other state GOP leaders on Monday to discuss the party's plans to grow and have better success in presidential elections.

Shannon is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and is the first African-American to serve as House speaker in Oklahoma. Shannon joked that Priebus wanted to visit Oklahoma because ``he knows we do it right.''

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Politics and Government
5:46 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Fallin Signs Tax Cut Into Law

Gov. Mary Fallin has pushed for a tax cut since she took office in 2010. Today, she signed into law a bill to cut Oklahoma's top income tax rate to 5 percent in 2015.

The bill reduces the state's top income rate that most Oklahomans pay from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with a second cut to 4.85 percent set for 2016 if state revenues continue to rise. The second tax cut is contingent on total revenue growth for Fiscal Year 2016 being equal to or greater than the fiscal impact of a .15 percent tax cut.

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