World Views
10:49 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Gaining Insight On East German Culture Through Film And Literature

The poster for the 1966 East German Western film 'Die Söhne der großen Bärin' (literally 'The Sons of the Great She-Bear'), directed by the Czechoslovakian filmmaker Josef Mach
Credit Bahavd Gita / Wikimedia Commons

In 1949, postwar Germany officially split into two separate countries with the formation of the German Democratic Republic. Also known as East Germany, the GDR was isolated from the Western world for nearly three decades, but it developed its own, equally rich literary and cinematic cultures.

East Germany did begin producing motion pictures before it officially broke away from West Germany. The films initially were rooted in similar cinematic traditions, says Oregon State University German language professor and world culture scholar Sebastian Heiduschke. He says when the Berlin Wall went up, the similarities between East and West German filmmaking began to disappear.

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Science, Technology and Environment
8:48 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Tulsa, Oklahoma City Among Most Ozone-Polluted Cities In The U.S.

Downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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A report out Wednesday morning from the American Lung Association ranks Oklahoma’s two largest cities among the most-polluted in the country.

The 2015 State of the Air report ranked the Tulsa-Muskogee-Bartlesville metropolitan statistical area 12th on a list of the 25 most ozone-polluted cities. Also known as smog, it can aggravate pre-existing lung conditions such as asthma.

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It's All Politics
5:19 am
Wed April 29, 2015

After Botched Executions, Supreme Court Weighs Lethal Drug Cocktail

Bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City.
AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:39 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in three death penalty cases testing which drug combinations constitute cruel and unusual punishment when used to execute a convicted murderer by lethal injection.

It is the second time in seven years that the justices have looked at the lethal injection question, and it comes after three botched executions over the past year.

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Oklahoma News
5:28 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Memo Warned Tulsa Sheriff About Volunteer Deputy's Training

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz
Credit tcso.org

Lawyers for a Tulsa man shot dead by a reserve deputy have released a document indicating an Oklahoma sheriff was told directly about concerns the volunteer's training record may have been falsified.

The 2009 memo appears to be initialed by Sheriff Stanley Glanz, but doesn't say when it was prepared or sent to him. Glanz declined comment Tuesday.

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Oklahoma News
3:42 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund Tops $1 Billion

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Oklahoma's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund now has a balance of more than $1 billion.

State Treasurer Ken Miller said Tuesday that the trust fund's balance reached $1.03 billion after a deposit of $57.6 million from the annual payment to the state from the tobacco industry. The state received a total payment of $76.9 million, with the remaining funds divided between health care related appropriations by the Legislature and the attorney general's evidence fund.

The payments are the result of a 1998 lawsuit by Oklahoma and 45 other states against tobacco companies.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:21 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Why Midwest City Might Fight Norman’s Plan To Recycle Treated Wastewater

Norman Utilities Director Ken Komiske
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

With concern over drought at a high point and plans to get water from southeast Oklahoma falling through, the City of Norman decided in 2014 to pursue a plan to clean water that has been used by customers and return it to Lake Thunderbird — the city’s main water source — to be used again.

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Oklahoma News
12:21 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Cannabis Oil Study Bill Heads To Gov. Fallin's Desk

State Rep. Jon Echols (R-OKC)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Gov. Mary Fallin's desk is the next stop for legislation that authorizes an investigational study into clinical trials on certain patients with severe forms of epilepsy using an oil derived from the marijuana plant.

The Oklahoma House voted 85-5 for the measure and sent it to Fallin to be signed into law. Fallin has expressed support for the idea but says she remains opposed to legalizing all medical marijuana applications.

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Education
9:38 am
Tue April 28, 2015

25 Years After House Bill 1017, Democrats Want More Changes To Oklahoma Education

Oklahoma House Democratic Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City), flanked by state Reps. Ed Cannaday and Donnie Condit, during Monday's press conference marking 25 years since the passage of HB 1017.
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Members of the House Democratic Caucus and several longtime Oklahoma teachers and administrators marked the silver anniversary of a landmark overhaul of the state's education system Wednesday, and called for further changes.

Gov. Henry Bellmon signed House Bill 1017 on April 25, 1990. It used a $560 million tax increase over five years to reduce class sizes, boost minimum teacher salaries, and fund statewide curriculum standards, testing, and early childhood programs.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:11 am
Tue April 28, 2015

As Oklahoma Agency Pointed To Natural Causes, Staff Suspected Quakes Were Linked To Oil

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The Oklahoma Geological Survey on April 21 acknowledged Oklahoma’s ongoing earthquake surge is “very likely” triggered by wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, a formal recognition that comes after years of scientific research that reached similar conclusions.

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Death Penalty
6:52 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Supreme Court To Hear Oklahoma Execution Protocol: Here's What You Need To Know

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments Wednesday on Oklahoma’s current lethal injection protocol during Glossip vs. Gross. The state’s method has been criticized since last year’s botched execution of Clayton Lockett, and the high court’s decision will likely affect the rest of the nation’s capital punishment procedures.

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