7:18 am
Tue May 14, 2013

In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

In 2011, Jessica Buchanan was an aid worker in northern Somalia, helping to raise awareness about how to avoid land mines. The north was the relatively safe section of the country; that October, she traveled to the more dangerous southern region for a training. The night before she left, she texted her husband, Erik Landemalm, also an aid worker in Somalia. She asked him a question: "If I get kidnapped on this trip, will you come and get me?"

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Keystone XL Pipeline
8:21 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

TransCanada Sues to Stop Pipeline Protesters

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:31 am

ATOKA, Okla. (AP) — TransCanada has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction and restraining order that keeps protesters from disrupting its pipeline construction sites in Oklahoma.

The company filed the lawsuit last week against Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance to keep protesters from interfering with construction. Several protesters have already been arrested after chaining themselves to construction equipment.

The company is building a 485-mile oil pipeline between Cushing and the Gulf Coast.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:45 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Why a Move to Regional Water Planning Could Cause Controversy in Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 1:10 pm

Oklahoma’s state water authorities want to move from population-based to regional water planning.

The change was outlined in the most recent update of the state’s Comprehensive Water Plan,and is the framework for a bill making its way through the legislature.

Senate Bill 965 would change the composition of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, giving less-populated areas of the state an equal say in how Oklahoma’s water is used.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:44 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

How Fee Increases Are Outpacing Tax Cuts In Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 11:23 am

StateImpact reported in April on how difficult practically impossible it is to raise taxes in Oklahoma, and the 1992 state question responsible.

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State Capitol
5:54 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Dorman Plans Push for Budget Analysis Reform

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A longtime Democratic legislator says he plans to push for a statewide vote to require the Legislature to conduct ``zero-based'' budgeting on state agencies every four years.

Rush Springs Democratic Rep. Joe Dorman said Monday he plans to introduce a joint resolution during the next session that if approved would send a proposed constitutional amendment to a vote of the people.

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Politics and Government
5:52 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

RNC Chairman Visits Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The chairman of the Republican National Committee is visiting Oklahoma and calling state House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Lawton a ``rising star'' within the GOP.

Chairman Reince Priebus met with Shannon and other state GOP leaders on Monday to discuss the party's plans to grow and have better success in presidential elections.

Shannon is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and is the first African-American to serve as House speaker in Oklahoma. Shannon joked that Priebus wanted to visit Oklahoma because ``he knows we do it right.''

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Politics and Government
5:46 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Fallin Signs Tax Cut Into Law

Gov. Mary Fallin has pushed for a tax cut since she took office in 2010. Today, she signed into law a bill to cut Oklahoma's top income tax rate to 5 percent in 2015.

The bill reduces the state's top income rate that most Oklahomans pay from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2015, with a second cut to 4.85 percent set for 2016 if state revenues continue to rise. The second tax cut is contingent on total revenue growth for Fiscal Year 2016 being equal to or greater than the fiscal impact of a .15 percent tax cut.

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Reflections of Hope Award
2:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

OKC Award Goes To Pakistani Girl Shot By Taliban

Ziauddin Yousafzai accepts the 2013 Reflections of Hope Award on Monday, and speaks about the honor he and his daughter Malala feel for receiving it.
Credit Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

A human rights activist from Pakistan who founded an all-girls school and his 15-year-old daughter who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban have been honored by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Memorial officials presented the 2013 Reflections of Hope Award to Ziauddin Yousafzai and Malala Yousafzai on Monday.

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10:56 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Mayors Back Passenger Rail Extension To Kansas

Amtrak #822 GE P40DC 40th Anniversary Paint Scheme photographed at Suisun City Station
Credit Jack Snell "Snappy Jack"

Supporters of passenger rail service through Wichita are joining forces with officials in Oklahoma and Missouri.

A letter of support signed by the mayors of Wichita, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo., was unveiled Friday on the eve of National Train Day.

Rail supporters say they want to close the 185-mile service gap between Oklahoma City and Wichita. They contend creating daily passenger rail service between the two cities would strengthen the existing regional network throughout the I-35 corridor that stretches from San Antonio to Kansas City, Mo.

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The Two-Way
10:37 am
Mon May 13, 2013

IRS Targeted Additional Conservative Groups, Probe Shows

Dennis Brack Landov

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 11:14 am

"The Internal Revenue Service's scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with 'tea party' or 'patriot' in their names — as the agency admitted Friday — to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to 'make America a better place to live,' " The Wall Street Journal reports.

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