Education
5:30 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Common Core Opponents Rally at Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group opposed to a set of public education principles known as common core state standards are rallying at the state Capitol and urging legislators to overturn them.

About 100 people attended the rally Wednesday sponsored by Restore Oklahoma Public Education.

Common core standards include basic requirements for students to learn in math, English, history, social studies and science.

But speakers at Wednesday's rally contend the standards are part of a plot by the federal government to take over education in Oklahoma.

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Politics and Government
5:11 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

ACLU Requests Fallin Records Access

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is demanding Gov. Mary Fallin's office provide access to records surrounding her decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma or face legal action.

The ACLU in Oklahoma has requested the information on behalf of its client, The Lost Ogle, a local news and entertainment website.

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It's All Politics
3:23 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Skim Milk, States' Rights And Political Clout: The High Court And DOMA

This artist rendering shows Roberta Kaplan, attorney for plaintiff Edith Windsor, addressing the Supreme Court during arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday.
Dana Verkouteren AP

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:17 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between "one man and one woman as husband and wife."

It was the court's second and final day of hearing appeals involving same-sex marriage laws. And it served up some memorable observations from the high court denizens.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg characterized same-sex unions under DOMA, which limits federal spousal benefits to heterosexual couples, as the equivalent of "skim milk" marriages.

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OneSix8
11:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Creativity Abounds In The Metro This Weekend

Out of the Box
Credit Science Museum Oklahoma

We’ve hit the halfway point in the week, and here at KGOU, we’re rounding up a number of creatively-based activities for your upcoming weekend. So strap on your thinking cap, and let’s get to it.

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Assignment: Radio
10:16 am
Wed March 27, 2013

"People Should Be Worried": Combatting Norman's Water Problem

Credit 2011 Water Conservation Plan for the City of Norman

A growth in demand and decline in supply has made water the most valuable resource in Norman and perhaps even in the state. Legislators, city officials and scientists are working to create comprehensive plans to create water sustainability. Lake Thunderbird is a major water source for Norman and surrounding cities. Officials say if they don’t find a solution soon, water may become a scarce resource.

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8:15 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Oklahoma Earthquake Was Largest Linked to Injection Wells, New Study Suggests

Lead in text: 
Katie Keranen’s findings, published Tuesday in the geoscience journal Geology, adds to a growing chorus of scientific evidence suggesting that injection and disposal wells are likely causing an uptick of earthquakes in the continental United States.
A University of Oklahoma seismologist's research, released today, provides further evidence that Oklahoma's largest-recorded earthquake was triggered by injection wells used by the oil and gas industry.
Media
2:34 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Looking For 'Oxygen,' Small Papers Erect Digital Pay Walls

In Long Beach, Wash., Chinook Observer editor and publisher Matt Winters has overseen his paper's transition to the Internet and, more recently, to a pay wall.
Ashley Gross for NPR

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 7:38 am

The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle recently said they will start charging readers for online content, joining big papers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Some large papers have made it work because they offer a lot of unique content.

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Education
2:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms

For the first time, new nationwide science standards recommend teaching K-12 students about climate change.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 12:29 pm

By the time today's K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about the climatic shift taking place.

Mark McCaffrey of the National Center for Science Education says the lessons will fill a big gap.

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Manager's Desk
8:10 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Manager's Desk: 30 Years of Changes

General Manager of KGOU, Karen Holp, stands next to the new KROU broadcast antenna before it was hoisted to its 600' height on a new tower.
Credit Patrick Roberts, KGOU Chief Engineer

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

A lot has changed since KGOU became a public radio service in 1983. I joined KGOU as General Manager in 1988, so I’ve seen a lot of those changes.

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Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court
6:49 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

DOMA Challenge Tests Federal Definition Of Marriage

A pro-gay-marriage protester stands in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the first of two days of oral arguments on challenges to laws that limit the definition of marriage to unions of a man and a woman.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 12:15 pm

After weeks and months of public debate and speculation about the legal fate of same-sex marriage, the second round of arguments takes place at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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