World Views
12:47 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What the U.N. Arms Treaty Will (or Won't) Accomplish

Members of a combined Afghan and coalition security force collected a cache of weapons after clearing a known Haqqani network foreign fighter encampment site in Paktika province, Afghanistan - July 21, 2011.
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The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first international treaty regulating the multi-billion dollar global arms trade Tuesday.

Iran, North Korea and Syria voted "no" on Tuesday, while Russia and China, both major arms exporters, abstained.

Suzette Grillot is the co-author of the 2009 book The International Arms Trade. She says Syria opposed the treaty because it does nothing to prevent weapons from flowing to non-state actors, like the Syrian opposition.

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Theatre
11:56 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Trio of OKC Theater Companies Takes Cooperation Earnestly

Emmy award winner Michael Jones as Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest." The show, a co-production of CITY REP, OCU's school of Theatre and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, runs April 5–14 in the Burg theater of the OCU Fine Arts building.
Credit Wendy Mutz

Three Oklahoma City theater groups are joining together for a production of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

The leaders of City Rep, Oklahoma City University’s School of Theater and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park have combined their resources to bring the classic play to OCU’s Burg Theater April 5-14.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:27 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Monty Python's John Cleese Almost Explains Our Brains

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Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:50 am

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The Two-Way
6:31 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Chaz Ebert: Tired Of Cancer Fight, Ebert Said He Had 'Lived A Great And Full Life'

Film critc Roger Ebert and wife Chaz Ebert attend the 14th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on June 14, 2010 in New York City.
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Chaz Ebert, Roger Ebert's wife of more than 20 years, has issued a statement on the passing of her husband. She wrote:

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5:20 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bubbles of Blue and Red Show Legislative Makeup

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This is mainly fun, but Oklahoma Watch has turned members of the state Legislature into data bubbles. Look and see while the circles zip into their order.
Use the interactive graphic below to learn more about the composition of the Legislature. Each bubble represents a Senate or House member, and the bubbles are colored according to party affiliation: red for Republican, blue for Democrat. The larger the bubble, the longer the legislator has served in office.
State Capitol
5:03 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Tax Cut Tussle: House Speaker Says Reduction Can't Wait

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon
Credit Oklahoma House

A new plan to reduce Oklahoma's top personal income tax rate has emerged in the Senate with a delay until 2015, but that change is not supported by House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

“I think that’s a fundamental step in the wrong direction,” Shannon said. “We need to provide tax relief now and not delay it another year.”

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11:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Tax Break for Big Corporations Could Mean Even Less Money for Oklahoma Schools

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State Question 766 passed in November 2012, and eliminated the tax on intangible property: business licenses, trade secrets, company logos, things with value beyond their physical traits. Five months later, a new estimate predicts the impact could be double that, and administrators are wondering what it means for their districts.
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  • | Via: StateImpact Oklahoma
State Question 766 passed in November 2012, and eliminated the tax on intangible property: business licenses, trade secrets, company logos, things with value beyond their physical traits. Before the election, the state Tax Commission estimated 766 would mean revenue losses of around $30 million for Oklahoma public schools.
World Views
9:31 am
Thu April 4, 2013

How Diplomacy Through Culture Can "Hold Up a Mirror" to Government

Helena Ayala (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) encounters a DEA agent in Steven Soderbergh's 2000 film "Traffic"
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Amb. Cynthia Schneider's interview with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis

While serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2001, Cynthia Schneider used Hollywood to approach sensitive drug issues between American and Dutch officials.

Schneider invited embassy staffers focusing on drugs, and their counterparts in the Dutch Ministry of Justice, to a screening of Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning film Traffic.

“It's a very powerful film that shows the intricacies of drug trafficking, and really shows how complicated it is,” Schneider says. “That was a fantastic experience because it kind of leveled the playing ground, and after seeing that film together we were able to have the most honest, direct conversation that we ever had, and really make progress.”

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Business and Economy
6:12 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Miller Releases Monthly Revenue Report

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says overall revenue collections in March were up slightly, rising by 2.6 percent compared to March 2012.

Miller released figures on Wednesday that show total revenue collections for March were $944.6 million - an increase of $24 million from the last March. The figures show collections were boosted mostly by a $28 million increase in corporate income tax collections - a 32 percent increase over March 2012.

Business and Economy
6:01 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

General Electric Announces Construction Plans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - General Electric Co. says it will build a new global research center in Oklahoma, creating 125 new engineering jobs.

GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt made the announcement Wednesday alongside Gov. Mary Fallin. The company has not yet picked a specific location for the center but says that selection should happen soon.

GE says it's evaluating locations with proximity to academic institutions like the University of Oklahoma and the skilled workforce in Oklahoma City.

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