World Views
1:08 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Memorial Designer Reflects on Commemorating Tragedy Through Architecture

President Bill Clinton, Torrey Butzer, and Hans Butzer with their design for the Oklahoma City National Memorial
Credit Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Hundreds gathered Friday morning at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum to mark the 18th anniversary of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Hans and Torrey Butzer, along with their partner Sven Berg, designed the Outdoor Symbolic Portion of the memorial while living in Berlin in 1997. As Americans living in Germany, Hans Butzer says that blended environment guided their artistic vision for the project.

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State Capitol
7:53 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Medicaid, Apologies, and Workers' Comp at the State Capitol This Week

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House Democrats started off the week by gathering members of their caucus and supporters of an expansion to the Medicaid insurance program. House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) says Oklahomans have sent approximately $27 billion in taxpayer dollars to the federal government.

“We come together as a community of Oklahoma citizens today and call upon our governor and our legislative leaders to just bring some of those $27 billion back to Oklahoma to take care of those people who desperately need healthcare.”

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Developing
2:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., where Boston Police say they have captured the second suspect in the marathon bombings.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 6:11 am

(We most recently updated this post at 11:10 p.m. ET on Friday. See this note about how we cover news such as this. For our running post about developments on Saturday, go here.)

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U.S. Senate
6:23 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coburn Named to Time 100 List

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn

TIME Magazine released its annual TIME 100 list Thursday. Two U.S. Congressmen made the list: one, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. The other, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn.  

Each member of the list is afforded a few paragraphs, written by a colleague or friend, describing why that person deserves their appointment to the TIME 100. Coburn's summary was written by none other than the President of the United States, Barack Obama. 

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Business and Economy
5:45 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

House Passes Food Stamp Fraud Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that aims to lower the number of people who keep getting food stamp benefits even after defrauding the program.

The proposal criminalizes unauthorized sharing of food stamps. Its most significant provision affects people who commit fraud and want a deferred sentence. The bill says prosecutors must give them the option of voluntarily removing themselves from the program.

The bill's sponsors say it's the only way to get those who commit fraud out of the program without breaking federal law. 

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5:35 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coburn Proposal Would Make Buyer Prove Ability To Buy Guns

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"All Things Considered" host Robert Siegel talks to Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma about why he voted no against the measure to expand background checks.
The measure failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate.
4:49 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Cause and Client: An Oklahoma Attorney’s Experience at the U.S. Supreme Court

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Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an Oklahoma-Texas water case that could have ripple effects on interstate water-sharing agreements throughout the country.
To get a little insight into the state's history at the high court, StateImpact spoke with an Oklahoma attorney who's been there.
The Two-Way
12:05 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Obama: 'A Bomb Can't Beat Us'

President Obama speaks Thursday during an interfaith service at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
C.J. Gunther EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 12:37 pm

  • LISTEN: The interfaith service

"Small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build" do not understand that "a bomb can't beat us," President Obama said Thursday in Boston.

His emotional vow came during an interfaith service to remember the victims of Monday's marathon bombings. It was also a service that served as a celebration of the American spirit and the bravery of the first responders, volunteers and spectators who rushed to the aid of those who were caught in the explosions.

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11:40 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Oklahoma City Prepares For Memorial Marathon

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Since 2001, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has held the marathon to commemorate the bombings in that city, which killed 168 people and injured more than 800 others. But given the events at the Boston Marathon, Oklahoma City marathon organizers are cautiously evaluating security plans and making their decisions one day at a time.
In the next two weeks, more than 30 marathons are scheduled in the United States, in cities big and small. Among them is the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, April 28.
The Two-Way
5:57 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast Killed Several, Injured Dozens

A chemical trailer sits among the remains of a fertilizer plant.
Mike Stone Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 7:04 pm

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