The Two-Way
11:46 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Storms Continue To Pound Large Parts Of The Country

An Xcel Energy crew works to restore a storm-damaged power line on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D. More than 18,000 homes in the region were without power after a major spring storm brought freezing rain and heavy snow that downed trees and power lines.
DIRK LAMMERS AP

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 3:40 pm

Spring is spreading its share of nasty weather throughout much of the Midwest and Deep South, leaving thousands of people without power.

The upper Midwest is just emerging from a storm that dumped several inches of snow in parts of the Dakotas and forced temperatures down to as low as 22 degrees. Now, forecasters are saying another 6 to 12 inches of snow could fall as a new storm rages through Montana, North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

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Health
5:47 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Amber Alert Cancelled for Oklahoma Girl

GROVE, Okla. (AP) - An Amber Alert for a missing 8-month-old girl has been canceled after the baby was found safe at a hospital in Grove.

Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore told the Tulsa World that Carolinn Altaffer was taken to the hospital shortly before 11 a.m. Friday by her mother, China Altaffer. Moore says Carolinn is safe and the mother is in custody.

Authorities were also searching for the baby's father, Ronald Altaffer. The sheriff says investigators did not know where the father is.

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Politics and Government
5:44 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

"Do You Realize??" OK State Song No More

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A song by local music legends The Flaming Lips is no longer the official rock song of Oklahoma.

A spokesman for Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin confirmed Friday the governor didn't renew an executive order proclaiming ``Do You Realize??'' the official rock song when she took office. Spokesman Alex Weintz says the governor had other priorities and the order ``did not make the cut.'

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The Two-Way
5:13 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Maria Tallchief, Brilliant American Ballerina Who Broke Barriers, Dies

Ballerina Maria Tallchief. Undated photo.
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World Views
4:03 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

North Korea Situation Different, but Probably Domestic

A North Korean soldier stands near the Demilitarized Zone - 2008
Credit yeowatzup / Flickr

The White House is trying to tamp down concern over a new intelligence report showing North Korea could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead.

The Defense Intelligence Agency says in a newly revealed report that it has "moderate confidence'' that North Korea knows how to deliver a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile.

“The United States seems to be taking this a little bit differently as we're thinking about the deliverance capabilities of these nuclear missiles that we've started to see tested,” says Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies and a regular contributor to KGOU’s World Views.

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1:44 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Oklahoma Ballerina Maria Tallchief Has Died

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One of Oklahoma's most famous Native American ballerinas has died in New York at the age of 88. Maria Tallchief was born near Fairfax, Okla. in 1925.
CHICAGO -- Maria Tallchief, one of America's first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as "The Nutcracker," "Firebird," and other masterpieces from legendary choreographer George Balanchine, has died. She was 88. Tallchief died Thursday in Chicago, her daughter Elise Paschen said Friday.
World Views
12:51 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Response to Thatcher's Death Exposes Decades-old Divisions in Britain

British flags fly at half-staff in Whitehall, London - April 8, 2013
Credit David Holt London / Flickr

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be remembered Wednesday during a funeral with full military honors at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Suzette Grillot, the host of KGOU’s World Views and the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says debates about Thatcher’s legacy and even her funeral suggest Britain is still deeply divided.

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State Capitol
7:17 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Workers' Comp Bill Described as "Trojan Horse," "Lipstick on a Pig"

House Chamber - Oklahoma State Capitol
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The House Judiciary Committee this week approved workers' compensation legislation by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa), but didn’t get in any hurry about it.

The novel-length bill that would move the decision on how to compensate injured workers from a court-based system to an administrative one is another step closer to being law. The hearing on the bill was delayed by two weeks while the House made changes to fix some problems in the plan.

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Politics and Government
5:53 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

State Welfare Bills Pass Senate Committee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A pair of bills by House Speaker T.W. Shannon that target state welfare programs are heading to the full Senate for a vote.

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved one bill that would require food stamp recipients between the ages of 18 and 50 without children to work at least 20 hours per week.

Politics and Government
5:52 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

House Passes Four School Safety Bills

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has passed four bills meant to boost school safety following the deadly school shooting last year at a Connecticut elementary school.  

The four proposals would create a school safety institute with the state's Office of Homeland Security and tell schools to share emergency plans with local responders, run intruder drills and report any firearms found. All passed with at least 85 of the chamber's 101 members in favor and go to the governor to be signed into law.

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