Animal Rights
3:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Gov. Fallin Restores Horse Slaughter in Oklahoma

Horses gather around another horse after its death.
Credit Dave Hoefler / Flickr (Creative Commons)

While eliminating a ban on horse processing plants in Oklahoma wasn’t on the top of the policy agenda for Gov. Mary Fallin, late Friday she signed a bill that overturns a five decade long ban on the practice.

How you view the horse and its role in American life, likely also determines where you are in the debate over allowing the processing of horsemeat in Oklahoma.

If “companion animal,” or “pet,” comes first to mind, you’re probably against the slaughter of horses. And according to a recent SoonerPoll.com public opinion survey, you also agree with the majority of Oklahomans.

But if you think of horses as “work animals,” or “tools” to help on the ranch or farm, you are probably in favor of House Bill 1999. The Senate approved the bill 32-14 this week.

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State Health
2:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

OSDH: Testing Important, but HIV, Hep B & C Spreading in Offices Rare

State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley, Oklahoma Board of Dentistry Executive Director Susan Rogers and Tulsa Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart encourage anyone potentially exposed to visit the Health Department's free clinic.
Credit Catherine Roberts / KWGS News - Public Radio Tulsa

Oklahoma’s dental board says it may start promoting routine inspections of dental and oral surgeon clinics.

Health officials in Tulsa are setting up free testing clinics for 7,000 dental patients who may have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS.

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New Federal Scrutiny In Wake Of NPR Grain Bin Reports

Will Piper and Annette Pacas visit the grave of Annette's son, Alex, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll, Ill. Piper says he hopes to raise money to replace the makeshift, plastic marker with a permanent gravestone.
John W. Poole NPR

Congress, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Justice Department are beginning to respond to the NPR-Center for Public Integrity Series on hundreds of persistent and preventable deaths in grain storage bins and weak enforcement by federal agencies.

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World Views
1:07 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Winners and Losers in the Cyprus Financial Crisis

Protesters gather outside the Cyprus Parliament in Nicosia - March 22, 2013.
Credit urbanlegend / Flickr

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the financial crisis in Cyprus - March 28, 2013.

Banks in Cyprus are open for normal business for the second day, but with strict restrictions on how much money their clients can access, after being shut down for nearly two weeks to prevent people from draining their accounts as the country's politicians sought a way out of an acute financial crisis.

"They were weakened by the fact that they had too many investments in Greek companies," said Suzette Grillot. "So they've become another victim of the Greek financial crisis."

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

New Gas Rules Aim To Clean Up Car Emissions

The new rules' would reduce harmful emissions, the EPA says.
David Paul Morris Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:23 pm

  • NPR's Richard Harris reports

Calling them "sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses [and lead to] efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive," the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed national rules to reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Fri March 29, 2013

NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation'

Robin Young.
WBUR

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:26 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': David Folkenflik and Renee Montagne discuss the cancellation of 'Talk of the Nation'

NPR announced Friday morning that it will no longer produce the Monday-to-Thursday call-in show Talk of the Nation.

It will be replaced by Here and Now, a show produced in partnership with member station WBUR in Boston. Reported stories will be part of the show's format.

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Business and Economy
6:11 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

OSBI Audit Released

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An audit of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shows employees of the agency used state resources and time to raise money for two nonprofits associated with the agency - then refused to release documents to the state auditor's office.

State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones released a special audit report Thursday that also says one of the nonprofits - the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Employee Association - spent nearly $10,000 to take 11 employees on a cruise.

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Business and Economy
6:09 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Fallin Requests Federal Disaster Aid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has requested a federal disaster declaration due to the late February snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow and brought heavy winds across much of northwestern Oklahoma.

If the request is granted, federal funding would become available to cities, counties and rural electric cooperatives for repairs and other costs associated with their response to the storm.

Education
6:08 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Board of Education Approves Rule Changes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved changes to its system of reviewing and changing state academic standards.

The proposal deletes the standards for history, math and other subjects from the department's list of its rules of operation that must be approved by the Legislature. The board says the removal doesn't mean the standards have been thrown out _ but that it will mean legislative approval won't be needed for every adjustment to the academic requirements.

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World Views
2:55 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pope Emeritus Benedict's Lessons From 700 Years Ago

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI pray together in Castel Gandolfo - March 23, 2013
Credit vatican / YouTube

Suzette Grillot's interview with Jason Houston via Skype from Arezzo, Italy.

The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics are celebrating Holy Week, and Pope Francis is preparing for his first Good Friday and Easter Mass as pontiff. It’s been exactly a month since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from the office of the papacy, which has given observers time to reflect on the historic transfer of power.

“This will stand out as a moment that Church historians will talk about for the next 600 years,” said University of Oklahoma Italian language and literature professor Jason Houston. He says if Benedict set a precedent for resignation that future pontiffs would follow, “he has changed the papacy in a way that no one has since probably the 11th Century. [But] I don't think that's going to happen.”

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