Indian Times
7:07 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Native American Youth Language Fair has record attendance

Chickasaw Nation students perform
Credit photo courtesy of Sam Noble Museum of Natural History website

Dr. Mary Linn is the assistant curator for Native Languages at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma.  This past week the 11th annual Native American Youth Language Fair took place at the Sam Noble Museum.

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Politics and Government
5:49 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Fallin Makes SE Okla Judgeship Appointment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed an Idabel attorney to an associate district judgeship for McCurtain County in southeastern Oklahoma.

Fallin announced the appointment of Kenneth Farley on Friday. Farley replaces former associate district judge Michael DeBerry, who became a district judge.

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Politics and Government
5:46 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Republicans Seek Agreement On Income Tax Cut

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - As Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin fights for an increasingly embattled income tax rate cut, some officials wonder whether history is repeating itself.

Fallin started this year's session with a call for a cut in the top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent. But the Republican-controlled House and Senate rejected each other's version of the proposal this week, sending Republicans back to the drawing board.

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Severe Storms
4:15 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Severe Weather Possible Early Next Week

The National Weather Service says a large upper level storm system will provide several opportunities for severe weather early next week. Hail, damaging winds, and even a few tornadoes will all be possible Sunday through Wednesday.

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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.
Credit isafmedia / Flickr

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.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

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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