8:10 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Oklahoma’s Crime-Funded Court System

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Oklahoma doesn’t like to raise taxes, and in 1992 voters passed a state question that required massive legislative majorities to do so.
Rising costs in the justice system still have to be paid for, somehow. It’s the users of the court system, and more specifically the losers, who pay most of those fees, and many question the wisdom of that trend.
Politics and Government
6:20 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Fallin Signs Six Bills Into Law

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law bills making it easier to lose a tobacco dealer license and saying small honey producers don't need to be inspected and regulated by the state.

Fallin signed six bills Wednesday. One says tobacco and cigarette dealers will lose their licenses if they sell their product unfairly or break any drug or controlled substance law. Another bill exempts beekeepers from state regulation if they sell fewer than 500 gallons of honey that are produced within Oklahoma and are properly labeled.

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Business and Economy
6:18 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Lawmakers Approve New Tax Credits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - While Republican legislators in Oklahoma continue wrangling over how to scale back costly tax credits, lawmakers have approved three new tax breaks for tickets to sporting events, construction of affordable homes and the purchase of helicopters.

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World Views
4:35 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

What Nuclear Tension With Iran is Really About

Anti-American mural outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran
Credit David Holt London / Flickr

Listen to Suzette Grillot's full interview with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

Iranian state television says the Islamic Republic inaugurated two key nuclear-related projects Tuesday, just days after another round of talks with world powers seeking to limit Tehran’s atomic program.

Retired State Department official Lawrence Wilkerson described what he calls “delusional security” in foreign policy that’s bubbled up in both Tehran and Washington, D.C. over the last three to five years.

“It's come to a peak ostensibly over the nuclear issue, but what it's coming to a peak over really is a power struggle in the Gulf for who's going to be the power to be reckoned with outside the United States,” Wilkerson says.

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 8:37 am

An auction of sacred Native American artifacts scheduled for Friday in Paris is stirring up controversy on both sides of the Atlantic

Seventy Hopi "visages and headdresses" — some more than 100 years old — will go on the block at the Neret-Minet Tessier & Sarrou auction house, which estimates the sale will bring in about $1 million, according to The New York Times.

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1:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Get Up to Speed on Oklahoma's Impending Supreme Court Case Over Water

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The Tarrant water case is deep, but StateImpact Oklahoma wants to be your Red River guide. They’ve assembled a visual map to help you wade through the key components of this important Supreme Court case.
In a few weeks, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, an Oklahoma-Texas water case that experts say could have ripple effects on water-sharing agreements throughout the country. It's a complicated case, filled with disputes over geography, compact language, and questions of sovereignty.
10:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Entertaining the Hours of Your Week With Music Galore

Shawn Mullins
Credit ticketstorm.com

April is usually when we experience spring showers, warmer weather, and a number of music concerts. Even though we’re currently experiencing wet winter weather instead of sunny, blue skies, the shows must go on.

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6:37 am
Wed April 10, 2013

OKPOP Museum Plans to Save Bob Wills' Legacy

A trunk that Bob Wills used when traveling to his shows.
Kurt Gwartney KGOU

Like many states, Oklahoma has provided the world of popular culture with lots of talent. From Bob Wills to Garth Brooks, Kristin Chenoweth to Leon Russell, and Will Rogers to Ron Howard.

But when it comes to the cultural legacy of those in this list and others, they currently have no home.

The proposed OKPOP museum, planned for construction near downtown Tulsa, would connect popular culture with Oklahoma roots to the state’s broader history and place in the world.

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The Two-Way
5:36 am
Wed April 10, 2013

'Very High' Chance North Korea Will Soon Test Fire Missile

Japan is on full alert ahead of an expected mid-range missile launch by North Korea, its defense minister said as the U.N. warned of a potentially 'uncontrollable' situation. A Japanese soldier walks past a missile launcher deployed in Tokyo.
Toru Yamanaka AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:23 am

North Korea's next provocative move — the test firing of a medium-range ballistic missile — could happen at any moment, according to South Korean officials.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that "the possibility of a ballistic missile launch is 'very high' and 'may materialize anytime from now,' South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se told lawmakers in Seoul today."

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Business and Economy
6:40 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Ada Airport Receives Reconstruction Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Ada Municipal Airport has received a $92,000 grant to reconstruct the pavement on the airport's taxi lane.

The grant was awarded by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Ada City Manager Cody Holcomb says the airport is ``bursting at the seams'' with activity. He says the airport's hangars are full and that six jets will be based at the airport by the end of the year.

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