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

Lead in text: 
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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The Two-Way
6:12 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Gets A New Signature

Jacob "Jack" Lew's signature, on the 2012 "Mid-Session Review" of the federal budget. He was director of the Office of Management and Budget at the time.
WhiteHouse.gov

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 8:49 am

Back in January, when Jacob "Jack" Lew was a mere nominee for the position of Secretary of the Treasury, we fretted about his signature. (It is, after all, displayed on the dollar.) It looked like a doodle, or as New York Magazine called it, a "slinky that has lost its spring."

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2:45 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Shelter Dogs Turned Into Saviors at Elite Training Center

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Search and rescue dogs were prominent in the aftermath of the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. But one rescuer came away with a drive to help make sure there were more dogs available for the important work.
Callie was a washout. A Labrador retriever raised to be a seeing-eye dog, her bold curiosity was ill-suited to a life of leading around the blind, leaving her a born-and-bred worker with no job to do.
State Capitol
2:19 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

State Troopers Push for Pay Hike

Cadets line up during the 61st Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy - 2012
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Nearly 70 current and retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are visiting legislators and urging them to pass a bill to give them a pay raise.

The troopers gathered at the Capitol Tuesday and encouraged lawmakers to revive a bill that would give a 16 percent pay raise to all Department of Public Safety employees, including troopers.

Under the measure by State Rep. Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview), the entry-level pay for a state trooper would jump from $38,000 to $44,194.

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