World Views
2:08 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Why U.S. Military Aid Increases Uncertainty in Syria

An unmarked gravestone with a teddy bear and a rock painted with the Syrian flag to symbolize the children killed in the country's civil war.
Credit Bernd Schwabe / Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this month President Obama told Charlie Rose the use of chemical weapons would change his calculus in the region, but not his goals for Syria.

Joshua Landis, the author of the blog Syria Comment and the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the United States supplying lethal aid to Syrian rebels is a big change that makes a big difference.

“Once you get all the CIA and everybody else in there - our trainers and Special Forces - then they want to win,” Landis says. “They're not going to do it to play patty-cake."

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Indian Times
1:55 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Labor Day Deadline Looms for Public Input on Indian Trust Reform

Commissioner Stacy Leeds
Credit courtesy of University of Arkansas website

The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform is coming to the end of its two year appointment.  Commissioner Stacy Leeds says they “will hunker down and write this thing” in the fall, so that it may be presented to President Obama during his yearly meeting with tribal leaders in Washington, D.C.  in December.

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Education
12:02 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lawyers Challenge Okla. Education Bond Program

The new state medical examiner's office would be built on the University of Central Oklahoma's campus
Credit Flickr/Creative Commons

A bond program used to fund facilities and equipment at state colleges and universities is being challenged as unconstitutional in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. 

The Tulsa World reports attorneys challenging the state's Master Lease Program argued their case Thursday before an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee.

The Oklahoma Development Finance Authority is seeking to sell bonds for various projects and wants the state's highest court to validate the projects.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Fri June 28, 2013

NSA Leaker's Father: Snowden Betrayed Government Not The People

Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:13 am

Lonnie Snowden says he doesn't believe his son, Edward, committed treason when he leaked information about top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs.

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All Tech Considered
8:25 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Please Text And Tweet During This Theater Performance

A show called #Hashtag encourages audience members to tweet during the performance.
Quinn.Anya via Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:14 am

See if this sounds familiar: You're seated in a movie theater, watching the latest IMAX disaster flick when someone slides their iPhone out of their pocket and starts texting their significant other. The glow from the phone lights up their face like the man in the moon and somehow — despite the $75 million used on the pyrotechnic budget alone — that blue-white glow at the edge of your vision triggers instincts honed over millions of years of evolution, and you find yourself incapable of focusing on the movie.

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Thunder
8:15 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Thunder Goes Tall In Draft Pick

Oklahoma City has selected Pittsburgh center Steven Adams with the 12th pick in the NBA draft, hoping to add a complementary piece to play alongside stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

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Washington
7:10 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Oklahoma Senators Vote "No" On Immigration Plan

Marchers at a 2010 rally for changes to U.S. immigration law in Washington, D.C.
Credit Elvert Barnes / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma's two Republican U.S. senators both voted against legislation that offers a path to citizenship to millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.

Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe both say the bill grants too much authority to federal bureaucrats to determine whether the border with Mexico is secure.

The two were among 32 senators who voted against a measure that cleared the Senate on Thursday and now heads to the Republican-controlled House.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Fri June 28, 2013

With Mandela's Health As Backdrop, Obama Heads To S. Africa

Children release 95 balloons to mark Nelson Mandela's upcoming birthday outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection in Pretoria, South Africa.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 3:10 pm

Update at 4 p.m. ET: President Arrives In South Africa

President Obama and his family landed in South Africa late Friday. It's the second stop on his one-week trip to the African continent.

Our original post continues:

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Job Market
12:39 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

AT&T Brings Jobs To Oklahoma

Credit Flickr

AT&T says it is bringing more than 100 new jobs to Oklahoma at a center that will serve small- and medium-size business customers. 

The company said Thursday that 25 project managers have already been hired for the new office in Oklahoma City.

Officials say AT&T will draw on a number of state incentives, including the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program, the Training for Industry Program and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's Strategic Investment Program.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:59 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Public Shelter Policy in Oklahoma: Yes for Nukes, No for Natural Disasters

Oklahoma had licensed more than a half-million public shelters in the mid-'60s, like this one in a Post Office in Sapulpa.
Credit FALLSROAD / Flickr Creative Commons

In the 1960s, survey teams of architects and engineers started hunting across Oklahoma for places to hunker down.

They found basements and tunnels, underground parking garages and well-built structures in municipal and private buildings.

At the time, Oklahoma’s big worry was an attack from Soviet Russia. That threat never materialized, but the state is targeted by tornadoes every year. And public shelter spaces are disappearing from the map.

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