Native American
1:15 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Osage Nation Seeks Support Against Eagle Kills

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The National Congress of American Indians has joined the Osage Nation in opposing federal actions to permit eagle kills caused by wind industry development on tribal lands without regard for tribal cultural interests and authority. 

A recent NCAI resolution says authorizing the wind energy project to kill eagles in Osage Nation territory without the tribe's consent would set a dangerous precedent. The resolution says it would limit the ability of all tribes in the U.S. to protect their cultural resources.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:04 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Longhorn Mountain: Sacred Kiowa Spiritual Site And Future Limestone Mine

Kiowa historian Phil "Joe Fish" DuPoint and Kiowa museum director Amie Tah-Bone stand at the base of Longhorn Mountain, near Coopertown, Okla. DuPoint and Tah-Bone say a new limestone mine will desecrate the mountain, which the tribe considers a sacred site and source of ceremonial cedar.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Limestone mining on Longhorn Mountain, northwest of Lawton, could start anytime. The company that leases the land on the western side has a permit to mine, and just needs to put up some bond money with the state Department of Mines to get started.

This is a surprise to the Kiowa Tribe, which has used Longhorn Mountain for hundreds of years as a temple where tribe members pray, have vision quests and retrieve sacred cedar used in many rituals.

But the mining shouldn’t come as a surprise. Cushing, Okla.-based Material Service Corporation — and President Larry Stewart — has had a permit for a 370-acre mine on the site for almost 10 years. It’s up to the company to decide when and whether to go forward with the project.

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Obama 'Strongly Condemns' Crackdown In Egypt

President Obama, speaking Thursday from the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., said the U.S. has canceled joint military exercises with Egypt.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 4:05 pm

  • President Obama's comments about the crisis in Egypt; Aug. 15, 2013

"The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt's interim government" that have led to civilians "being killed in the streets," President Obama said Thursday from Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where he is vacationing with his family.

He called on Egypt's interim government to lift the state of emergency it has declared and said the U.S. has canceled joint military exercises with Egypt that had been scheduled for September.

"Our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual while civilians are being killed in the streets," Obama said.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Gingrich: Most GOP Lawmakers Have 'Zero' Ideas On Health Care

Republicans need to pitch their own ideas on healthcare, not just object to the president's, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:47 am

Look your Republican member of Congress in the eye and ask, "What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?"

In most cases, says former House speaker and past Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich, "they will have zero answer."

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Lawn Mower Exchange
6:24 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

$100 Voucher For Old Gas Powered Lawn Mowers This Saturday

Example of electric lawn mower
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The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is planning a lawn mower exchange for residents in the Oklahoma City area.

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Rail Service Between Tulsa and Oklahoma City
5:59 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Do Oklahomans Want Rail Service Between Oklahoma City And Tulsa?

Private Rail Car Interior
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Supporters of passenger rail service connecting Oklahoma City and Tulsa say they want the service and want it soon — even if it's not high speed.

They spoke at a meeting in Tulsa hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation as part of an environmental study to determine the viability of passenger rail service connecting the state's two largest cities — be it high-speed rail or slower, traditional train service.

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OneSix8
3:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Making The Most Of The Summer

Matt Stansberry and the Romance
Credit Matt Stansberry

It’s the time of the year when kids begin returning to school, and various activities inevitably fill their afternoons. This week’s OneSix8 provides you with a few things to do before school is in full swing. 

Lower Bricktown Live presents its last concert of the season this Friday evening. Matt Stansberry and the Romance take the stage at 8:00 p.m. This 10-piece band is Stansberry's newest music project. 

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Health
1:17 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Oklahoma Ranks 48th In Nursing Home Care

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A group of legislators and advocates for improving Oklahoma nursing homes are criticizing House Speaker T.W. Shannon's decision to reject an interim legislative study to explore the issue. 

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Politics and Government
12:15 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Oklahoma AG Files Legal Brief In Abortion Law Case

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a legal brief in the U.S. Supreme Court's review of an Oklahoma abortion law.  

The nation's highest court in June granted Pruitt's request to review a decision by the state Supreme Court declaring the law unconstitutional. Pruitt filed his brief Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Bradley Manning: 'I Am Sorry ... I Hurt The United States'

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 4:46 pm

Update at 5:33 p.m. ET. 'I'm Sorry':

Delivering an unsworn statement before a military judge in Fort Meade, Md., Pfc. Bradley Manning apologized for perpetrating the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

"I'm sorry I hurt people," he said according to Reuters. "I'm sorry that I hurt the United States. I'm apologizing for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me."

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