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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Smoking
11:24 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Smoking Rates Fall ln Oklahoma

Smoking rates continue to drop in Oklahoma.
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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.
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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 speakupoklahoma.com, 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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Environment
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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The Salt
9:48 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

Julia Child poses with "the chicken sisters" before an episode of The French Chef in which she teaches us how to roast a bird.
Courtesy of Paul Child/PBS

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 8:52 am

It seems almost sacrilegious to question the wisdom of Julia Child.

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Oklahoma City
8:35 am
Fri August 23, 2013

OKC Taking Up Streetcar Route Sept. 24

While some opponents says a streetcar does not deliver enough bang for the transit buck, the MAPS 3 plan moves ahead.
Credit City of Oklahoma City

Members of the Oklahoma City Council are expected to take up the route of a planned streetcar next month.

A news release from the city says the council will consider a MAPS 3 route framework for the streetcar Sept. 24.

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7:05 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Coburn: Obama Close To Impeachment Line

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says while President Obama remains a friend, his administration is close to the constitutional line for impeachment. Coburn also called for a constitutional convention to address the nation's needs.
By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer on Aug 21, 2013, at 11:06 PM Sen. Tom Coburn speaks during a town hall meeting at the Civic Center in Muskogee on Wednesday evening. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World MUSKOGEE - U.S. Sen.
Unsolved Murder
6:27 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Slain Pastor's Mother Wants Her Daughter's Effects

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With the still unsolved slaying of a pastor inside her Anadarko church now four years old, another pastor in the city says he's gotten a concealed carry permit and sometimes carries his weapon even when delivering his sermon.

Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Carol Daniels inside Christ Holy Sanctified Church. There have been no arrests or suspects identified in the case, which the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says remains open.

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