8:24 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Giving the Homeless Homes, No Strings Attached

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"About 6,000 people become homeless each year in Oklahoma City. Most leave the streets in a relatively short time, said Dan Straughan, executive director of the nonprofit Homeless Alliance, formed in 2005. At any given time, there are about 1,350 homeless people on the streets, and among those, about 250 are chronically homeless."
Shuffling through some legal pads on his desk, Mike Milner finds the list. On it are scrawled the names of fivehomeless men in Oklahoma City who died in recent months. Milner, director of the WestTown Day Shelter, has seen the faces of those men in his bright, modern shelter.
Business
6:28 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Tax Tips For Procrastinators, And You Know Who You Are

A customer goes over tax documents at a post office in New York City on last year's Tax Day.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 11:40 am

Still haven't filed your taxes, eh?

Well, you have until 11:59 p.m. Monday to get it all done — or at least file for an extension that gets you off the hook until Oct. 15. To help all of you procrastinators, here are answers to a few of your questions.

If I'm filing by mail, can I come skidding into the post office at 11:58 p.m. and still make the deadline?

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Shots - Health News
3:57 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Scientists Race To Stay Ahead Of New Bird Flu Virus

Workers prepare an H7N9 virus detection kit at the Center for Disease Control in Beijing on April 3.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 8:01 am

A precious package arrived at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Thursday afternoon.

Inside, packed in dry ice to keep it frozen, was a vial containing millions of viruses derived from a 35-year-old Chinese housewife who died last Tuesday of respiratory and kidney failure.

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Indian Times
4:30 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

Once Con, Now Pro, State Senator Supports Completion of Museum

View from above of the AICCM with downtown OKC in the background.
Credit Courtesy of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

The board overseeing the  American Indian Cultural Center and Museum has been given more time to see if it can develop a plan to fix its funding problems. In July of last year, construction on the partially completed structure was halted when lawmakers failed to approve a $40 million bond proposal that would have been matched by a similar amount in private donations.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Storms Continue To Pound Large Parts Of The Country

An Xcel Energy crew works to restore a storm-damaged power line on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D. More than 18,000 homes in the region were without power after a major spring storm brought freezing rain and heavy snow that downed trees and power lines.
DIRK LAMMERS AP

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 3:40 pm

Spring is spreading its share of nasty weather throughout much of the Midwest and Deep South, leaving thousands of people without power.

The upper Midwest is just emerging from a storm that dumped several inches of snow in parts of the Dakotas and forced temperatures down to as low as 22 degrees. Now, forecasters are saying another 6 to 12 inches of snow could fall as a new storm rages through Montana, North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

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Health
5:47 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Amber Alert Cancelled for Oklahoma Girl

GROVE, Okla. (AP) - An Amber Alert for a missing 8-month-old girl has been canceled after the baby was found safe at a hospital in Grove.

Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore told the Tulsa World that Carolinn Altaffer was taken to the hospital shortly before 11 a.m. Friday by her mother, China Altaffer. Moore says Carolinn is safe and the mother is in custody.

Authorities were also searching for the baby's father, Ronald Altaffer. The sheriff says investigators did not know where the father is.

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Politics and Government
5:44 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

"Do You Realize??" OK State Song No More

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A song by local music legends The Flaming Lips is no longer the official rock song of Oklahoma.

A spokesman for Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin confirmed Friday the governor didn't renew an executive order proclaiming ``Do You Realize??'' the official rock song when she took office. Spokesman Alex Weintz says the governor had other priorities and the order ``did not make the cut.'

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The Two-Way
5:13 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Maria Tallchief, Brilliant American Ballerina Who Broke Barriers, Dies

Ballerina Maria Tallchief. Undated photo.
AP

Maria Tallchief, who broke barriers to become one of the most respected American ballerinas, died on Thursday of complications from a broken hip.

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World Views
4:03 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

North Korea Situation Different, but Probably Domestic

A North Korean soldier stands near the Demilitarized Zone - 2008
Credit yeowatzup / Flickr

The White House is trying to tamp down concern over a new intelligence report showing North Korea could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead.

The Defense Intelligence Agency says in a newly revealed report that it has "moderate confidence'' that North Korea knows how to deliver a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile.

“The United States seems to be taking this a little bit differently as we're thinking about the deliverance capabilities of these nuclear missiles that we've started to see tested,” says Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies and a regular contributor to KGOU’s World Views.

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1:44 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Oklahoma Ballerina Maria Tallchief Has Died

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One of Oklahoma's most famous Native American ballerinas has died in New York at the age of 88. Maria Tallchief was born near Fairfax, Okla. in 1925.
CHICAGO -- Maria Tallchief, one of America's first great prima ballerinas who gave life to such works as "The Nutcracker," "Firebird," and other masterpieces from legendary choreographer George Balanchine, has died. She was 88. Tallchief died Thursday in Chicago, her daughter Elise Paschen said Friday.

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