Indian Times
3:32 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Indian Nations Celebrate Labor Day Indian Style

Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma
Credit Susan Shannon

Labor Day signals the end of summer but it also means that some of the largest Native American celebrations are going to happen in Oklahoma.

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Endangered Artifacts
6:23 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Endangered Artifacts Get New Caretakers

Craig Mound
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The University of Oklahoma has taken over the care and preservation of two of the state's top 10 endangered artifacts.

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pre-1923 Oklahoma Newspapers
6:10 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Oklahoma Historical Society Putting The Past Online

Credit Oklahoma Historical Society

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a third grant of $300,000 to the Oklahoma Historical Society to develop an internet-based, searchable database of newspapers from Oklahoma.

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World Views
3:41 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

U.S. Gun Culture Questioned (Again) After Oklahoma Murder

A Facebook tribute page for 22-year-old Chris Lane, who was jogging in an affluent neighborhood of Duncan when he was gunned down at random last week. Three boys— ages 15, 16 and 17 — have been charged in the Melbourne native's death.
Credit R.I.P. Christopher Lane / Facebook

The murder of a 22-year-old Australian baseball player in Duncan earlier this month has renewed international focus on U.S. gun culture and regulations.

Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies and an expert on comparative politics, says the United States portrays a certain image that the Australians are picking up on after Chris Lane’s death.

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World Views
12:58 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

What Assad May Have Learned In Egypt, And Could Apply To Syria

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks to members of the media April 25, 2013, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While briefing reporters, Hagel announced that the White House had released a statement saying it had evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels.
Credit Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo / U.S. Department of Defense / Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week Syrian anti-government activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack. Death tolls as high as 1,300 have been reported, but the government has called the allegations “absolutely baseless.”

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, tells KGOU’s World Views that video footage clearly shows something horrible has happened.

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Here & Now
12:19 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

U.S. Weighing Syria Options

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, second from left, talks with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East policy Matthew Spence, center, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2013. Hagel spoke with Spence after announcing to reporters that the White House had released a statement saying it had evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels.
Credit Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo / U.S. Department of Defense / Wikimedia Commons

Listen to Jeremy Hobson's conversation with Joshua Landis.

The Pentagon is updating target lists as the White House considers a military response in Syria, after an attack in which U.S. officials say they saw “strong indications” of chemical weapons use.

U.S. officials are saying that there are “strong indications” that chemical weapons were used in this week’s attack in Syria which left more than 1,000 people dead.

While experts are still sifting through the evidence, President Barack Obama, speaking on CNN today, said, “what we’ve seen indicates that this is clearly a big event of grave concern.”

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11:24 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Smoking Rates Fall ln Oklahoma

Smoking rates continue to drop in Oklahoma.
Credit MilitaryHealth / Flickr Creative Commons

The state Health Department says the number of adult smokers in Oklahoma has dropped to historically low levels.

According to an emailed news release, Oklahoma ranks 39 nationally for adult smoking rates in 2012. The state came in at number 47 the year before. By percentages, 23.3 percent of adults were smokers in 2012.

Health Commissioner Terry Cline calls it “fantastic” that Oklahoma is out of the bottom ten state for smoking rates.

That health department says smoking is Oklahoma's leading preventable cause of death.

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Sea Monster? Explanation Is Much Less Mysterious

Whatever it is, it's not pretty at this point.

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:33 pm

We like stories about things that wash up on beaches, such as the softball-size eyeball that appeared on the Atlantic Ocean shore in Florida last fall.

So our eyes lit up when we saw this headline: "Mysterious 'Horned' Sea Monster Washes Ashore in Spain; Officials Baffled."

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State Capitol
10:18 am
Fri August 23, 2013

New Website Looking For Opinions On Legislation

The banner image from, a new website intended to collect information for members of the Oklahoma House of Representative.
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

ECapitol's Shawn Ashley reports the state House of Representatives has "soft launched" a new website designed to allow citizens to submit ideas for its members to consider.

House Media Director Jason Sutton says the site is intended to encourage citizens to be more involved in state government.

Eventually the site will include individual pages for each House member wishing to participate, according to Sutton.

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10:02 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Why Oklahoma’s Attorney General Is Using Coal To Fight The EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is no fan of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and filing lawsuits against the federal agency has become a signature of the state’s chief legal adviser.

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