State Capitol
6:45 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Okla. Legislators, Governor Reach Deal on Budget

Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) and other legislative leaders announce Thursday's budget agreement at the State Capitol.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Lawmakers have until the end of this month to complete their work, including the passing of a state budget. The adjournment date might come sooner with the announcement of an agreement on how to spend the state’s money.

The budget to pay for Oklahoma’s government will be $7.1 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1, under an agreement between Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders. For most state agencies the amount of money they’ll receive in the new budget year is the same as last, but Fallin says the largest increase in the budget is for public schools in Oklahoma.

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Health
5:49 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Middle-Aged Suicide Rate Rises in Past Decade

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A government report says the rate of suicide among middle-aged Oklahomans rose 34.4 percent from 1999 to 2010.

The Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday that there were 231 suicides among the 35-64 age group in 1999 for a rate of 18.2 suicides per 100,000 population. The report says there were 345 suicides in that age group in 2010 for a rate of 24.4 per 100,000.

The CDC report is based on death certificates and says people ages 35 to 64 account for about 57 percent of suicides.

1:54 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

DOC Officials Misrepresent Funds By Millions

Lead in text: 
Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials grossly underreported, by millions of dollars, the balance in their accounts to Governor Mary Fallin's office for her use during budget preparations.
  • Source: Newsok
  • | Via: Randy Ellis
It's "clear that the manner in which the DOC accounts for its funds needs to be more accurate, more transparent or both," Fallin administration spokesman Alex Weintz said in a prepared statement Wednesday. "The governor is not comfortable giving the agency more resources until it has thoroughly investigated these issues."
8:39 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Is Coal Mining Making a Comeback in Eastern Oklahoma?

Lead in text: 
Coal mining plays a key role in the history of eastern Oklahoma. Without immigrant miners flooding into the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some towns might not even exist.
When coal mining began to die off, so did many of the towns founded around it. Oklahoma’s coal is just too high in sulfur to be of much use in the U.S. Burning it in large quantities is against federal clean air regulations.
World Views
6:37 am
Thu May 2, 2013

How Segregation in Chile’s Education System Breeds Discontent

Protesters gather in Santiago, Chile - August 21, 2011
Credit Francisco Osorio / Flickr

Listen to Mario Waissbluth's full interview with Suzette Grillot

Students in Chile took to the streets of Santiago again last month protesting for reform of the country’s education system.

The BBC reports the students started a second wave of protests this decade in 2011, but the April demonstration was the first of 2013.

Mario Waissbluth teaches industrial engineering at Universidad de Chile. In 2008 he founded Educación 2020, a nongovernmental organization that wants to improve primary and secondary education in the country.

“Forty percent of the kids that go out to university don't understand what they read,” Waissbluth told KGOU’s World Views. “And they are grabbed by a university sector completely and fully deregulated, for profit, which abuses them to the point that we've had the explosions that we've had.”

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Weather and Climate
6:37 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Cold Front Approaches Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - April showers won't bring May flowers to parts of Oklahoma this week. Instead, forecasters say some areas could see sleet and snow over the next few days.

The National Weather Service says temperatures are expected to plummet from the 70s and 80s on Wednesday to near or below freezing early Thursday. A handful of severe thunderstorms popped up Wednesday in southwestern Oklahoma ahead of the cold front.

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Education
6:36 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Barresi Vows to Explore Testing Options

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi says she will explore all the state's options to ensure that the needs of students and school districts are met following a series of technical glitches in student testing.

Barresi participated in a conference call Wednesday with the president of the testing company, CTB/McGraw Hill, after it experienced problems with online assessments for grades 6 through 12 on Monday and Tuesday.

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Middle East
4:10 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Analysts Divided On U.S. Arming Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 6:48 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

I'm Melissa Block. And we begin this hour with the war in Syria and the possibility of U.S. involvement. Today, in Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used the opportunity of May Day to make a rare public appearance. He visited a power plant and said, we hope that by this time next year, we will have overcome the crisis in our country.

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Online Testing
3:54 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Lawmakers Call for Testing Moratorium After Mishap

Credit Jose Kevo / Flickr

Some state legislators are calling for a moratorium on public school testing after a number of computer glitches were reported by state education officials.

Longtime school administrator and State Rep. Curtis McDaniel (D-Smithville) says it would be unfair to subject students to testing this year after ``a ton of problems'' have been reported with the process.

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Assignment: Radio
1:57 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

91-Year-Old Painter Regina Murphy Says Art Keeps Her Alive

Monkey Business
Regina Murphy

Assignment: Radio's Kate Carlton speaks with artist Regina Murphy.

Men in skinny ties accompany women wearing maxi dresses while they window shop through the pastel building-lined Paseo Arts District.Inside the studio on the corner of 30th and Paseo, you’ll find Regina Murphy.

The 91-year-old has seen plenty of Oklahoma history, but it’s her own life experiences that drive her. She belongs in Studio Six, and she says she doesn’t feel out of place amongst the younger artists in the Paseo District.

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