Oklahoma City Thunder
11:58 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Hobbled Westbrook Still Tries To Help Team From OKC

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook during a game against the Washington Wizards - March 14, 2011
Credit Keith Allison / Flickr

Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook says he expects to be on crutches for at least four weeks after knee surgery that forced him to sit for the remainder of the NBA Playoffs.

“For now, I can’t travel,” Westbrook says. “When I get off crutches, we’ll sit down and see what the timetable is for me.”

Westbrook told reporters Thursday morning he’s still trying to find ways to help his team by offering input during halftime, practices, and in the film room.

“The group of guys we have, I think we have enough to get a ring,” Westbrook says.

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10:21 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Why Wyoming Coal Still Powers Natural Gas-Rich Oklahoma

Lead in text: 
Oklahoma has more natural gas reserves than all but three other states. And it now accounts for about 40 percent of the state's power generation.
Hydroelectric and renewable sources- mainly wind - provide some too. But when you flip a light switch, chances are that electricity came from burning coal we get from Wyoming.
State Capitol
9:28 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Prison Workers At "Breaking Point," Seek More Funding

Sgt. David Edelman presents his case for increased pay for Department of Corrections workers Wednesday at the state Capitol while other prison workers look on.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Oklahoma prison workers say they are worn out due to staffing shortages, low wages and the increasing prison population.

About a dozen uniformed prison guards visited the state Capitol Wednesday, urging lawmakers to reconsider their decision not to support a pay raise for workers at the Department of Corrections.

“DOC is at a breaking point,” said Sgt. David Edelman, an officer at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center. “We are being forced to do 60-to-80 hours a week, and used to we could ask for overtime, but not anymore, we’re being forced.”        

A $12 million proposal to give prison workers a five percent pay increase stalled earlier this session in a House committee.

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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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