OneSix8
6:30 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Oklahoma Opera Singer Hosts Master Class in OKC

Leona Mitchell as Puccini's Manon Lescaut
Credit www.metoperafamily.org

I don’t know about you, but if I were the 10th of 15 children, it’d be easy to get lost in the crowd. But Leona Mitchell didn’t use her large family as an excuse to fade into the background. In 2010, she told OETA’s Gerry Bonds on OKC Metro that a life-changing teacher took her under her wing.  


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Politics and Government
6:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

General Appropriations Bill Passes Committee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A $7.1 billion general appropriations bill to fund state government for the upcoming fiscal year has cleared its first hurdles among rank-and-file legislators.

Separate House and Senate committees easily passed the bill on Wednesday, despite opposition from Democrats and a few Republicans.

Some members from both parties voiced concern that the budget included about $5 million for the House and Senate to renovate office space, but failed to include funding for pay raises for prison workers or state troopers.

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Health
6:17 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Federal Medicaid Services Denies OK Waiver Renewal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say an Oklahoma state program that uses Medicaid funding to provide insurance to 30,000 low-income Oklahomans must change in order to keep its funding.  

The Insure Oklahoma program needs a renewed waiver to use Medicaid funding to help some people pay for private insurance. CMS sent a letter Tuesday explaining the denial of that waiver to Oklahoma's Health Care Authority, which runs the Insure Oklahoma program.

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Benghazi Hearing
3:22 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

VIDEO: Lankford Questions State Dept. Officials on Benghazi

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK5) was one of several members of Congress today questioning three top diplomats about September's deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

U.S. State Department foreign service officer and former deputy chief of mission in Libya Gregory Hicks told Lankford the only person who can waive security requirements for high-risk, high threat locations is the Secretary of State.

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The Two-Way
1:19 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Air Force Strips 17 Officers Of Nuclear Missile Launch Authority

A Minuteman III missile inside its silo about 60 miles from Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.
USAF Getty Images

Seventeen Air Force officers with control over nuclear missiles have had that authority suspended after receiving poor reviews on their mastery of launch operations, The Associated Press reports in an exclusive.

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OneSix8
11:15 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Clinics and Classes

Leona Mitchell
Credit www.operanews.com

Even though the semester is ending and kids are getting out of school, there are still several events that can encourage intellectual interest. But don’t keep scrolling just yet: none of these events is your boring algebra lecture.

Operatic soprano and Enid-native Leona Mitchell offers the first installment of her two-part master class this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.

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World Views
10:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

With High Rent, No Oversight, Bangladesh Garment Disasters Keep Happening

A crowd gathers around the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh - April 25, 2013
Credit Sudipta Das / Wikimedia Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's interview with Bangladeshi journalist Sima Bhowmik

Bangladeshi police say the death toll from the collapse of a building housing five garment factories has passed 800 and continues to climb.

Sima Bhowmik, a journalist with ABC Radio in Bangladesh, worked at KGOU for several weeks as part of a U.S. State Department program.

She followed the unfolding events of the building collapse in her country, and told World Views a lack of oversight and high rent contribute to a disturbing trend of tragedies in the garment industry.

“The owners, they want to save money, and they go for a cheap building, which is not really fit for his industry,” Bhowmik says.

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9:57 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Consultant Keeping Oklahoma Health Plan Under Wraps

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The public will get its first glimpse of an Oklahoma plan to provide health care to uninsured residents. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is supposed to present some of the findings from the study at its Thursday meeting. The entire report, though, is not being released.
A consultant hired by Oklahoma to help create a plan for covering people without health insurance has delivered a draft report on its findings to state officials, but officials refuse to release the report.
The Two-Way
6:28 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Head Of Environmental Division Is Leaving Justice Dept.

Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno in September of 2011.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 10:38 am

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ignacia Moreno, the point person at the Justice Department for prosecuting environmental crimes, says she will leave government service next month.

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State Capitol
6:35 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Two Options: Choices Near for State Employee Retirement Plans

Credit 401(k)3 / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma House has approved a bill to create a defined contribution option for state employee retirement benefits.

The proposal would allow state employees hired after July 2014 to choose between the defined contribution option and the current defined benefit system. The House approved the bill 72-20 Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Mary Fallin.

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