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.
  • Source: Npr
  • | 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"
Credit Focus Features / NBCUniversal

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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Business and Economy
6:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

CVS Agrees to Settle Federal Claims

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal prosecutor in Oklahoma says CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay $11 million to settle federal claims filed against the company in Oklahoma.

U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats in Oklahoma City said Wednesday that CVS agreed to the settlement to resolve allegations that the company's Oklahoma pharmacies violated record-keeping requirements of the Controlled Substances Act.

CVS, which is based in Woonsocket, R.I., acknowledged that its stores must comply with the record-keeping requirements -_ but did not admit liability.

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11:58 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Film, Fairs, And Food

Dan Looker walks the line at the Medieval Fair of Norman
Credit Medieval Fair of Norman

The first weekend of April brings a number of fairs and festivals to the state.

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Assignment: Radio
11:38 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Annual Trojan Study Says 56 Universities Have Better Sex-Ed Than OU

The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card rates universities around the country on a variety of criteria. OSU, TU and OU have all seen their ratings drop in recent years.
Credit Meredith Everitt

On Joe Sangiardi’s desk, on the first floor of the Conoco Student Leadership Center of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, there’s a pineapple-sized jar, and it’s full of condoms.

“My friends think it’s really funny I have them around here, but I joke that it is candy for college kids.” Sangiardi says.

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