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.
OneSix8
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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OKPOP
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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Politics and Government
5:59 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Inaugural Oklahoma Gold Star Medal Awarded

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The widows of two Oklahoma soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been presented the inaugural Oklahoma Gold Star Medal.

Hundreds of soldiers, airmen and their families packed into the House gallery for Tuesday's joint legislative session as part of an appreciation day for the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Division.

Jane Horton of Owasso and Megan Ewy of Edmond both received the Gold Star Medal, an award created by the Legislature to honor Oklahoma military members killed in combat.

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Politics and Government
5:31 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Fallin's Office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Mary Fallin after her office refused to turn over documents requested under the state's Open Records Act.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of The Lost Ogle, a satirical local news and entertainment website.

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Business and Economy
5:28 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Doerflinger Reports Decline in General Revenue Collections

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's secretary of finance and revenue says corporate income tax collections increased in March while total collections to the state's general revenue fund declined due in part to lower natural gas revenues.

Secretary Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday that collections totaled about $414 million in March. That's about $20 million below collections in March 2012 and $61 million lower than the official budget estimate.

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