World Views
11:54 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Oklahoma Anti-War Protest Raises Questions About U.S. Involvement In Syria

State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft (R-Moore) speaking during a press conference Wednesday to voice opposition to U.S. involvement in Syria.
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives / YouTube

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers and other activists plan to hold a rally at the Oklahoma Capitol Friday evening to protest growing U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war.

State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft (R-Moore) is one of the organizers of the rally. He says giving arms, ammunition, and political support to a disunited group of rebels is a “grave error.”

“There are [sic] a coalition of over six groups that are involved in trying to overthrow the Assad government,” Wesselhoft said in a press conference Wednesday. “At least two of these groups we know to be known terrorist organizations that have attacked us in the past.”

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Native American
10:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Descendants Sue Over Reparations For Sand Creek Massacre

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Colorado.
Credit National Park Service

A lawsuit filed by descendants of American Indians killed in the Sand Creek Massacre argues the federal government hasn't fully paid reparations for the slaughter of their Cheyenne and Arapaho ancestors in 1864.

The Department of Interior isn't commenting on the pending litigation.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver, Colorado on behalf of four Oklahoma-based members of the Sand Creek Massacre Descendants Trust. It seeks class-action status.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:22 am
Fri July 12, 2013

U.S. Earthquake Uptick Linked To Oil And Gas Disposal Wells, Study Shows

A disposal well in Western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has experienced an increase in earthquakes in recent years, a phenomenon many geophysicists have linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry.

The 5.7-magnitude quake that injured two people and destroyed 14 homes in November 2011 was Oklahoma’s largest on record and is likely the largest triggered by wastewater injection, a team of geophysicists concluded in a report released in March.

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State Capitol
9:11 am
Fri July 12, 2013

State House Interim Study List Expected Friday

House Speaker T. W. Shannon
Credit Oklahoma House

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is planning to release a list of legislative studies that lawmakers will take up before the 2014 Legislature convenes in February.

Shannon is expected to release the list on Friday, the deadline for study requests by lawmakers to be approved or denied. Former House Speaker Kris Steele approved studies on 59 topics out of 89 individual requests last year.

Interim studies give lawmakers an opportunity to receive testimony and examine issues in depth to decide whether to draft legislation on a particular topic.

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Chuck Foley, Co-Creator Of Twister, Dies At 82

Festivalgoers play a giant game of Twister during the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in southwest England last month.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 9:40 am

One of the men responsible for getting people tied up in knots while they played Twister has died.

Charles "Chuck" Foley died earlier this month in St. Paul, Minn. He was 82.

Foley and his business partner Neil Rabens invented the game for Milton Bradley in 1966. The pair originally called it Pretzel, and it was Milton Bradley who came up with the name Twister.

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Fri July 12, 2013

On The Economy: Inflation Accelerates; Fed Rumors Rise

A surge in prices at the pump fueled inflation in June.
Jonathan Fickies Landov

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 11:55 am

The morning's major economic news:

-- Inflation. Wholesale prices rose 0.8 percent in June from May, fueled by a 2.9 percent surge in the price of energy products, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. As drivers can confirm, a 7.2 percent jump in the cost of gasoline was responsible for most of that boost.

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Politics and Government
6:44 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Choctaw Nation Requests Consideration From Road Builders

Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Credit Choctaw Nation website

The Choctaw Nation is asking Warren County in Mississippi to stop work on the local China Grove Road if any historic artifacts traced to Choctaw settlements centuries ago are found. 

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Education
6:22 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Coburn Wants Vegas Education Conference Cancelled

Sen. Tom Coburn is calling on the US Department of  Education to cancel a planned three-day conference on federal student aid  scheduled for December in Las Vegas.  

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2013 Farm Bill
4:15 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

House OKs Scaled-down Farm Bill Sans Food Stamps

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.)
Credit Carl Sandburg College / Flickr Creative Commons

The House has passed a scaled-down version of a massive farm bill, putting off a fight over food stamp spending and giving Republican leaders a victory after a decisive defeat on the larger bill last month.

All five members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation joined their GOP colleagues in voting for the bill.

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) is the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He said in a statement he was pleased the bill made it through his chamber.

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1:20 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Permits for Handgun Licenses in Oklahoma Keep Rising

Lead in text: 
The number of Oklahomans applying for handgun licenses in 2013 is on pace to significantly best last year’s record numbers, according to data from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Through the first six months of 2013, nearly 37,000 license applications have been received by the OSBI, compared to about 46,000 for all of last year.

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