Education
6:08 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Board of Education Approves Rule Changes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Board of Education has approved changes to its system of reviewing and changing state academic standards.

The proposal deletes the standards for history, math and other subjects from the department's list of its rules of operation that must be approved by the Legislature. The board says the removal doesn't mean the standards have been thrown out _ but that it will mean legislative approval won't be needed for every adjustment to the academic requirements.

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World Views
2:55 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pope Emeritus Benedict's Lessons From 700 Years Ago

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI pray together in Castel Gandolfo - March 23, 2013
Credit vatican / YouTube

Suzette Grillot's interview with Jason Houston via Skype from Arezzo, Italy.

The world’s 1.2 billion Catholics are celebrating Holy Week, and Pope Francis is preparing for his first Good Friday and Easter Mass as pontiff. It’s been exactly a month since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from the office of the papacy, which has given observers time to reflect on the historic transfer of power.

“This will stand out as a moment that Church historians will talk about for the next 600 years,” said University of Oklahoma Italian language and literature professor Jason Houston. He says if Benedict set a precedent for resignation that future pontiffs would follow, “he has changed the papacy in a way that no one has since probably the 11th Century. [But] I don't think that's going to happen.”

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Assignment: Radio
12:43 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Clause and Effect: Norman Helps Sex Offenders by Not Making Them Move

A screenshot of the Oklahoma's Sex Offender Registry website. The red points represent sex offenders within 5 miles of the University of Oklahoma.

For victims, life after a sexual assault is often filled with shame, fear and frustrating legal battles. For perpetrators, life after conviction is complicated, especially after they finish serving time in prison. According to Oklahoma’s Sex Offenders Registration Act, those convicted of a sexual felony cannot live within a 2,000-foot radius of a school. And, as straightforward as that sounds, it might be significantly easier said than done.

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Business
6:16 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Cheap Natural Gas Pumping New Life Into U.S. Factories

A worker hooks up pipe during natural gas drilling by EnerVest on the Barnett Shale near Fort Worth, Texas, in 2012.
Ron Jenkins MCT /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 4:13 pm

The millions of Americans who lost factory jobs over the past decade may find this hard to believe, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life.

The chest compressions are applied by the pumping of cheap, domestic natural gas.

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Education
5:30 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Common Core Opponents Rally at Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group opposed to a set of public education principles known as common core state standards are rallying at the state Capitol and urging legislators to overturn them.

About 100 people attended the rally Wednesday sponsored by Restore Oklahoma Public Education.

Common core standards include basic requirements for students to learn in math, English, history, social studies and science.

But speakers at Wednesday's rally contend the standards are part of a plot by the federal government to take over education in Oklahoma.

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Politics and Government
5:11 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

ACLU Requests Fallin Records Access

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is demanding Gov. Mary Fallin's office provide access to records surrounding her decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma or face legal action.

The ACLU in Oklahoma has requested the information on behalf of its client, The Lost Ogle, a local news and entertainment website.

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It's All Politics
3:23 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Skim Milk, States' Rights And Political Clout: The High Court And DOMA

This artist rendering shows Roberta Kaplan, attorney for plaintiff Edith Windsor, addressing the Supreme Court during arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday.
Dana Verkouteren AP

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:17 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between "one man and one woman as husband and wife."

It was the court's second and final day of hearing appeals involving same-sex marriage laws. And it served up some memorable observations from the high court denizens.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg characterized same-sex unions under DOMA, which limits federal spousal benefits to heterosexual couples, as the equivalent of "skim milk" marriages.

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OneSix8
11:31 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Creativity Abounds In The Metro This Weekend

Out of the Box
Credit Science Museum Oklahoma

We’ve hit the halfway point in the week, and here at KGOU, we’re rounding up a number of creatively-based activities for your upcoming weekend. So strap on your thinking cap, and let’s get to it.

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Assignment: Radio
10:16 am
Wed March 27, 2013

"People Should Be Worried": Combatting Norman's Water Problem

Credit 2011 Water Conservation Plan for the City of Norman

A growth in demand and decline in supply has made water the most valuable resource in Norman and perhaps even in the state. Legislators, city officials and scientists are working to create comprehensive plans to create water sustainability. Lake Thunderbird is a major water source for Norman and surrounding cities. Officials say if they don’t find a solution soon, water may become a scarce resource.

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8:15 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Oklahoma Earthquake Was Largest Linked to Injection Wells, New Study Suggests

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Katie Keranen’s findings, published Tuesday in the geoscience journal Geology, adds to a growing chorus of scientific evidence suggesting that injection and disposal wells are likely causing an uptick of earthquakes in the continental United States.
A University of Oklahoma seismologist's research, released today, provides further evidence that Oklahoma's largest-recorded earthquake was triggered by injection wells used by the oil and gas industry.

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