The Two-Way
6:32 am
Wed April 17, 2013

For Thatcher, 'A Great Calm' After A Life Of Controversy

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral was held Wednesday at London's St. Paul's Cathedral.
Christopher Furlong EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 1:52 pm

Margaret Thatcher, the prime minister whose time leading Great Britain in the 1980s brought joy to conservatives and despair to liberals, was remembered Wednesday for "a life lived in the heat of political controversy."

With her death last week at the age of 87, "there is great calm" for the Iron Lady, added the bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, during a funeral service at London's St. Paul's Cathedral.

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OKC Memorial Marathon
5:35 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

OKC Marathon Will Go On As Planned, Officials Discuss Security

Team Oklahoma Christian begins the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon - May 1, 2011
Credit Oklahoma Christian University / Flickr

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says there have been no threats or heightened security in the aftermath of a bombing at the Boston Marathon - but that senses are heightened.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says there are currently no plans to call off this year's Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon - but said events will be monitored daily.

"Obviously this time of the year on the calendar is a heightened alert in Oklahoma City. It has been for 18 years," Cornett says, referencing the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. 

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Business and Economy
5:14 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

City of Tulsa Enacts Hiring Freeze

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Lower than expected tax revenues have prompted Tulsa leaders to enact a hiring freeze.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett says the freeze will be in place through at least June 30. The mayor announced the hiring freeze to city employees Monday.

Bartlett tells the Tulsa World general fund revenues are expected to fall short by about $2 million because of lower than anticipated sales tax receipts.

Politics and Government
5:12 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

House Passes Tax Incentive Extension

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has passed a bill extending a tax incentive to some pipeline, securities and telecommunications companies.

The bill passed Tuesday on a 70-25 vote. The House and Senate must now work out a compromise because of House changes to the Senate version.

The bill modifies the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program that provides tax incentives to several industries if they operate in the state and meet minimum salary and other requirements. The incentive is calculated based on the companies' wages.

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Assignment: Radio
2:37 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Assignment: Radio April 16, 2013

Brant Morrell

This week on Assignment: Radio, we focus on transcending the list of questions and prepared answers to engage in one-on-one, in-depth conversations with authors, artists, musicians, athletes, leaders and activists. 

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Assignment: Radio
10:36 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Preserving Creek Linguistic Heritage: An Interview With Gloria McCarty

Gloria McCarty, Creek language instructor at the University of Oklahoma.
Credit Ana Noshpal

Even though parts of Oklahoma were known as Indian Territory in the 19th and early 20th centuries, today only a few thousand citizens speak the Creek language. University of Oklahoma Creek instructor Gloria McCarty and her family are a few of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject.

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Earthquake
8:23 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Earthquake Swarm Hits Central Oklahoma

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a swarm of earthquakes Tuesday in central Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

Five earthquakes shook parts of central Oklahoma overnight Tuesday, waking residents but not causing any injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports two earthquakes near Luther greater than a 4 magnitude.

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The Two-Way
5:28 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Boston Blasts Lead To Heightened Security Elsewhere

U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Park Police officers stand guard on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House Monday. Security there was tightened after at least two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 4:23 am

Monday's explosions in Boston have led to heightened security elsewhere, with New York, Washington and Los Angeles among the cities taking action within hours of the blasts.

"We're stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations in the city through deployment of the NYPD's critical response vehicles until more about the explosion is learned," Paul J. Browne, the deputy commissioner of the New York Police Department, .

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Weather and Climate
5:26 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued for Parts of Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Forecasters have issued a tornado watch for portions of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas and say more storms are possible later in the week.

The Storm Prediction Center said conditions make tornadoes, high winds and hail possible through Monday night in an area from west of Dallas into northwestern Arkansas, including much of eastern Oklahoma.

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Assignment: Radio
2:29 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Waltzing To Victory: An Interview With Luke Bryant

Track and Field athlete Luke Bryant throws a discus at regionals.

Luke Bryant was on the track team at OU and is currently ranked 6th in the nation. He won big 12 in the discus his freshman and senior years. He also won third at NCAA, and made it to the Olympic trials his senior year. Sitting down in Luke Bryant’s bedroom where dozens of trophies line the walls and shelves, said he first picked up the discus almost by accident.

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