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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Severe Weather
10:04 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Severe Weather Hits Oklahoma, Freeze Possible

The National Weather Service says record low temperatures are possible Friday morning.
Credit National Weather Service Norman

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Wednesday evening for southwest and south central Oklahoma.

Authorities reported damage in the Lawton area from storms that passed through the area, including at the Goodyear tire plant.

The risk for tornadoes diminished for central Oklahoma as the storms hit cooler air, but the threat for tornadoes continued in southern sections of the state.

Colder air is moving in behind the storms and could bring a freeze to the region.

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Business and Economy
6:07 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Audit of ODVA Released

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An audit of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs suggests the agency lacks the supervision and oversight of the state's veterans centers necessary to ensure the well-being of the residents at the facilities.

State Auditor Gary Jones released the 59-page audit Wednesday. It was requested by Gov. Mary Fallin in August after the scalding death of a veteran at a facility in Claremore and other abuse allegations.

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Business and Economy
5:45 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Oklahoma Receives Tobacco Settlement Payment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma has received a $64.8 million payment as part of the state's 1998 settlement agreement with major tobacco companies, pushing the total amount received to more than $1 billion.

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller announced the milestone Wednesday and says an additional payment is expected later this week.

State law requires most of the payment to go to the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund created in 2000 to pay for programs to improve the health of Oklahomans and to fund cancer and addiction research.

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The Two-Way
3:40 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Senate Rejects Expanded Background Checks For Gun Sales

President Obama makes a statement on gun violence as Vice President Joe Biden, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and family members of Newtown, Conn., shooting victims look on at the White House Rose Garden.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 5:36 pm

A bipartisan compromise that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases has been rejected by the Senate.

The defeat of the measure by a 54-46 vote — six votes shy of the number needed to clear the Senate — marks a major setback for gun-control advocates, many of whom had hoped that Congress would act to curb gun violence in the wake of December's Newtown elementary school massacre, where 20 students and six adults were killed.

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Assignment: Radio
2:36 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Carribean Prodigy Finds All-American College Experience

Steelpan prodigy Atiba Williams.
Credit Joey Adams

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Atiba Williams began playing the steelpan before most people his age were potty trained. By age 4 he was playing the national anthem at major festivals and by age 5 he was composing his own original pieces. 

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Severe Storms
1:26 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued, Greatest Severe Weather Threat 5-11 p.m.

Credit National Weather Service Norman

The National Weather Service says storms will intensify this evening, with the highest tornado potential coming between 5 and 11 p.m. in Central and Southwest Oklahoma.

A Tornado Watch has been issued until 11:00 p.m. for Central and Eastern Oklahoma. The counties included roughly follow the Interstate 44 corridor.

There are still questions about the exact timing of the storms, but the Norman Forecast Office advises residents to not leave work or school this afternoon without checking the weather first.

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