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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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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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Job Growth Slowed In March, Survey Signals

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan on March 6.
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There were 158,000 more jobs on private employers' payrolls in March than in February, the latest ADP National Employment Report estimates.

The gain was less than economists expected, Reuters reports. They thought ADP would say there had been a 200,000-jobs increase.

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6:46 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Tea Party Leader Makes Infidelity Claims Against Senator

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The fate of a bill that would stop communities from putting parts of a voluntary United Nations sustainability program called Agenda 21 into place may not make it out of a state Senate committee. Oklahoma Tea Party leader Al Gerhart is under investigation for an email he sent to Sen. Cliff Branan promising trouble if the bill failed in the senator's committee.
In a March 26 email, Sooner Tea Party founder Al Gerhart wrote about House Bill 1412, which would prohibit Oklahoma communities from having anything to do with the United Nations Agenda 21 plan. In the email, Gerhart threatened Sen.
6:17 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Teaching Grading Delay Approved in Committee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A plan to delay implementation of parts of a new system for grading public school teachers in Oklahoma easily cleared a House committee.

The House Common Education Committee voted 14-1 Tuesday for a one-year delay of full implementation of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Evaluation System, or TLE.

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