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
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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
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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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12:14 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Obama Budget Moves to Block Horse Meat Processing

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While a new Oklahoma law would allow a horse slaughter facility in the state, the new budget proposed by the White House would not spend any money on inspecting the facilities.
The Obama administration has included a proposal in its 2014 budget that would effectively ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Technically, the proposal would prevent money from being spent on inspection of horse slaughtering facilities. Without inspections, facilities could not legally operate. The proposal was greeted enthusiastically by horse lovers and animal advocacy groups.
The Two-Way
11:29 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Ryan Says He's 'Cautiously Optimistic' On A Bipartisan Budget Deal

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan speaks about his new budget plan after a March 19 party conference.
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Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 9:55 am

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan tells NPR that he's "cautiously optimistic" that a budget deal can be reached with the White House.

Speaking to NPR a day after President Obama unveiled a 2014 budget proposal that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as tax increases and new investments in education and infrastructure, Ryan said he was encouraged by the broad outlines from the White House.

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Gun Control
9:30 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Sen. Coburn Votes to Start Debate on Gun Background Check Bill

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
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UPDATE: Oklahoma's two U.S. Senators split over Thursday's vote to begin debate on a bipartisan gun control bill. Sen. Tom Coburn was one of 16 Republicans voting to debate the legislation. Sen. Jim Inhofe voted with other GOP members to block debate.

Coburn told a town hall recently in Oklahoma City he was interested in finding a way to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, but was concerned about keeping any data from turning into a firearm registry.

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