Indian Times
4:58 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

Online Degree Targets Federal Indian Law

OU Law Professor Taiawagi Helton
Credit Susan Shannon

The University of Oklahoma’s Law School will be offering a new online degree from the OU Law School.  It’s a Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples Law.

The OU Law School is located in the heart of the original Indian Territory with nationally and internationally known faculty.

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Politics and Government
5:29 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Fallin Signs Firefighter Pension Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill designed to shore up the unfunded liability of Oklahoma's pension system for firefighters.

The bill was one of a dozen measures signed by Fallin on Friday.

Among the key changes for newly hired firefighters is that to become eligible for retirement benefits, they must be at least 50 years old and have worked for 22 years, instead of the current 20 years. New firefighters also would not become vested until they've worked for 11 years, instead of the current 10 years.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

World Views: April 26, 2013

LIsten to the entire April 26, 2013 episode

This time last week Americans were just starting to learn about the troubled Russian region of Chechnya after authorities released the identities of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Rebecca Cruise discusses women in combat and the U.S. drone program with NPR's Rachel Martin. Before taking over the host's chair of Weekend Edition Sunday, she reported from both Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as the network's national security correspondent.

Gun Control
3:41 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Lucas and Inhofe Introduce AMMO Act to Restrict Gov't Stockpiles

.22 rifle ammunition
Credit Becky Stern / Flickr

Two members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation put forth legislation Friday that would require most federal agencies to track how much ammunition they purchase.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla. 3) introduced the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability, or AMMO, Act of 2013 into their respective chambers of the Capitol.

The bill requires the non-partisan Government Accountability Office to track the purchase of ammunition by federal agencies, and how that affects the supply of ammunition the public can access.

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3:08 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Waiting List for Helping Developmentally Disabled Is Nearly a Decade Long

Lead in text: 
The waiting list for Oklahomans seeking state-paid care for developmental disabilities has jumped to more than 7,000, and some families have been on that list for nearly a decade.
The number of people on the list has risen by 24 percent since 2010, when Oklahoma had the third largest waiting list for such services in the nation, according to a University of Minnesota study. Just under half the applicants are children; most are from low-income families.
Politics and Government
1:19 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Oklahoma Chinook Pilots Deploying To Aghanistan

Helicopter Maneuvers Over Oklahoma
Credit Susan Shannon

An Oklahoma Army National Guard aviation unit is preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.
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Politics and Government
1:11 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Women's Prison Renamed After Trail Blazer Kate Barnard

Catherine Ann "Kate" Barnard (May 23, 1875 - February 23, 1930)
Credit Courtesy Library of Congress

The Oklahoma Board of Corrections has voted to rename  Oklahoma City's Hillside Community Corrections Center in honor of the state's  first commissioner of charities and corrections. The board voted Thursday to rename the facility as the Kate Barnard Community  Corrections Center.
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World Views
11:38 am
Fri April 26, 2013

What You Should Know About the Troubled Russian Region of Chechnya

Monument to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Russia.
Credit Gilad Rom / Flickr

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the West Thursday for refusing to declare Chechen militants terrorists and for offering them political and financial assistance in the past, in light of the revelation that Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had Chechen roots.

The U.S. has urged the Kremlin to seek a political settlement in Chechnya and provided humanitarian aid to the region during the two separatist wars that began in 1994.

"Violence and conflict has happened in Chechnya for centuries," University of Oklahoma College of International Studies Dean and KGOU’s World Views host Suzette Grillot says. "This goes back to the 16th Century when there's been war after war after war. So it's been a volatile region for some time."

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9:28 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Westbrook Out, Bruised Chest May Bench Lin in Game 3

A large banner celebrates the Thunder in Oklahoma City's Bricktown.
Credit Elizabeth Gwartney

UPDATE: Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and be out indefinitely.

The Thunder announced the injury Friday.

Westbrook was hurt in Game 2 of the Thunder's playoff series against Houston on Wednesday night. Rookie Patrick Beverley lunged into him trying for a steal in the second quarter and his hip collided with Westbrook's knee.

Westbrook has never previously missed a game in his four NBA seasons.

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Teen Pregnancy
8:37 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Second Child: One-fifth of Oklahoma Teen Births

Ultrasound image.
Credit Ben Ramsey / Flickr Creative Commons

A new report shows that more than one in five births to teen mothers in Oklahoma between ages 15 and 19 is a second birth.

State health officials on Thursday released details from the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows Oklahoma is one of just eight states with a repeat teen birth higher than 20 percent. The report notes the national rate is a little more than 18 percent.

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