Sigma Alpha Epsilon
7:47 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Former SAE Member Apologizes For Racist Chant

Levi Pettit, center, walks into the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City with state senator Anastasia Pittman and pastor J.A. Reed, Jr.
Jacob McCleland KGOU

One of the two Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members who was expelled from the University of Oklahoma for participating in a racist chant apologized on Wednesday. Levi Pettit spoke with black politicians, pastors and community leaders for about two hours and later addressed the press at the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City, but Pettit would not reveal how he learned the infamous chant.

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OneSix8
5:01 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Girls Rock, Ladies Wrestle, Plus Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aoife Donovan

A concert and arm wrestling tournament raise funds for young women to attend camp July 13-17.
RCGOKC

Girls learn to shred on guitar and drums, slap the bass, groove the keys and rock the mic at a brand new summer camp that aspires to teach self-empowerment through music. Five bands— one bluegrass, two folk, one punk and one rockabilly, play the first benefit show.

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The Two-Way
3:42 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Is Charged With Desertion

This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August.
Eugene R. Fidell AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 4:52 pm

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009, after he walked off his military outpost in southeastern Afghanistan. In a controversial move and five years after his capture, the Obama administration cut a deal with the Taliban, securing Bergdahl's release in exchange for the release of five Taliban detainees who were being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

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Weather and Climate
2:23 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Tennis Ball-Sized Hail, Wildfires Possible As Cold Front Arrives In Oklahoma

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 2:19 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of central and eastern Oklahoma as the threat of severe weather slowly increases.

The Norman Forecast Office says the prime time for storm development should come between 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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Oklahoma News
12:14 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Emily Gives Birth To Lowland Gorilla Infant At OKC Zoo

Emily And Her New Infant Lowland Gorilla
Credit OKC Zoo And Botanical Garden / Facebook.com

Officials at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden say a western lowland gorilla has given birth.

The baby gorilla hasn't been named and keepers haven't yet been able to determine its gender.

The baby is the fifth birth for the 29-year-old gorilla, Emily. The baby is the second child for its father, Togo, since he arrived at the zoo in 2012.

Zoo curator Laura Bottaro says Emily appears to be doing well and is attentive to her baby.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:31 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Is Oklahoma Paying Companies To Keep Jobs Not At Risk?

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Oklahoma’s premier business incentive, the $1 billion Quality Jobs program, entered new territory nine years ago.

Until then, businesses only received payroll subsidies from the state if they created new jobs in Oklahoma.

In 2006, the program was expanded to begin providing subsidies for existing jobs if a “change in control” occurred and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce director determined the jobs were “likely to leave the state” because of new ownership.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon
10:03 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Expelled OU Frat Member To Speak To Pastors, Black Leaders

The exterior of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the University of Oklahoma campus, shortly before the letters were removed from the building March 9, 2015.
Jacob McCleland KGOU

A former University of Oklahoma student seen participating in a racist chant in a video made aboard a fraternity party bus is scheduled to speak at an event sponsored by a leading black Oklahoma state legislator.

The Dallas Morning News reports Levi Pettit, who is from the Dallas area, will make his first public remarks since controversy erupted over the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video went viral.

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Business and Economy
5:58 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

State Gas Prices Down Slightly

Credit futureatlas.com / Flickr Creative Commons

The average price for gasoline is down slightly in the past week in Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the average price for a gallon of self-serve regular is $2.27 per gallon — two-and-a-half cents from last week. The national average price is $2.42 per gallon

Prices in selected cities in Oklahoma range from $2.16 per gallon in Grove to $2.36 per gallon in Guymon.

Motorists in Oklahoma City and Lawton are paying an average of $2.23 per gallon while the average in Tulsa is $2.18 per gallon.

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Oklahoma News
5:08 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Six Arrested Following Synthetic Marijuana Busts

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt / Facebook

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says authorities have dismantled a criminal operation involving three metro stores for allegedly selling and distributing synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or Spice.

Pruitt's office announced the bust-up Tuesday, saying 18 arrest and search warrants had been executed across four Oklahoma counties that netted six arrests.

Authorities say the investigation of the three Mr. Coolz stores followed complaints from citizens about the danger of the narcotics allegedly sold at the stores.

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Science, Technology and Environment
1:25 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Oklahoma Ranks Second In Protecting Waterways From Harmful Nutrients

Bird Creek In Northeast Oklahoma
Credit Granger Meador / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Conservation Commission says the state ranks second in the nation for protecting its waterways from harmful nutrients.

New Environmental Protection Agency data indicates the state ranks second for phosphorous reduction and third for nitrogen reduction to streams. Those nutrients are major contributors to algae blooms in the state's reservoirs that can challenge water treatment plants, kill fish and even pose a risk to human health.

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