8:26 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Is The University Of Oklahoma Doing Enough For The State's Native American Population?

Since the university’s scattered student services offices in the 1990s merged into a reorganized Center for Student Life, critics of OU President David Boren’s leadership say the communities for American Indian students that flourished during the late 80's and early 90's have “dwindled to almost nothing.”
University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren drew praise last week when he swiftly moved to punish members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon caught singing a racist song -- much like he did when members of the same fraternity in 1996 stole a tepee and placed it on a sorority house lawn.
It's All Politics
4:03 am
Mon March 23, 2015

5 Reasons Cruz Announced His Candidacy Early

Sen. Ted Cruz needs buzz, money and to be taken seriously. He hopes he can accomplish that by getting in early.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 8:48 am

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has apparently had enough of the fig leaf most presidential candidates wear as their unofficial spring costume the year before the election actually happens.

That is a bold stroke, but entirely in keeping with the go-for-broke style the junior senator from Texas has exhibited since first challenging the Republican establishment's candidate for the Senate in 2012.

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Education
3:16 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

Oklahoma Educators Call For March 30 Rally At Capitol

Oklahoma teachers and supporters rallying at the state capitol for increased public education funding on March 31, 2014.
Credit Gov. Mary Fallin / Facebook

Oklahoma educators plan to rally to renew demands made at a massive Capitol demonstration a year ago for more classroom funding and better salaries.

This time, they will have a new ally in Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. The former public school teacher and ex-state Board of Education member plans to add her voice to the thousands of teachers, school administrators and parents expected at the March 30 gathering.

The Republican defeated former state Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi in the GOP primary.

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Oklahoma News
8:23 am
Sun March 22, 2015

OKC National Memorial Officials To Ring NASDAQ Opening Bell

The Oklahoma City National Memorial.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Officials from the Oklahoma City National Memorial will ring the NASDAQ opening  bell Monday morning at 8:15 a.m. CDT in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Susan Winchester, Chairman of the Trustees of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has the honor of ringing the bell. She will be accompanied by Kari Watkins, Executive Director and Trustees Mike Turpen, Traci Cook, Kim Neese, Justice Steven Taylor, Deputy Fire Chief Kellie Sawyers, and 20th Anniversary Co-Chairs OKC Police Chief Bill Citty and Polly Nichols.

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Oklahoma News
7:12 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Obama Praises Oklahoma's Response To Fraternity Video

University of Oklahoma President David Boren during Monday's press conference in Holmberg Hall addressing the racist video.
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

President Barack Obama says he was "heartened" by the University of Oklahoma's swift response after video surfaced of fraternity brothers chanting about lynching.

Two students who had participated were immediately expelled.

Obama says what happened there won't be the last time a fraternity member does something stupid but that what's different from 30 or 40 years ago is the reaction.

Back then, Obama says, there might have been more tolerance for that type of chant.

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Oklahoma News
6:45 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Small Earthquakes Recorded Near Perry

Credit Ray Bouknight / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three small earthquakes near Perry in northern Oklahoma — including one measured at magnitude 4.0.

The Noble County Sheriff's Office says there are no reports of injury or damage.

The U.S.G.S. reports that a 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 5:08 a.m. Saturday; a magnitude 3.0 quake was recorded at 2:57 p.m. and a magnitude 3.5 temblor was recorded a minute later at 2:58 p.m.

The area is about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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Manager's Desk
6:03 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Week Two Of The 2015 Spring Fundraiser

March 22, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This is KGOU’s 2015 Spring Fundraiser. We are raising money to pay for the programs and services you love, but right now, we are using these small announcements to avoid interruption to programming.

Our success depends on you. Help us now with a gift of 5, 10 or 20 dollars per month, or any amount that works for you. 

Our goal is to raise $180,000, and once we do, this drive is over. As of late last week, we had received just about $60,000. So we are about a third of the way to our goal.

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Education
6:46 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Report Shows Little Change In Average Oklahoma Teacher Pay

More budget cuts will increase Oklahoma teacher-shortage crisis, state superintendent Joy Hofmeister says.
Credit Tulsa World / Creative Commons

Oklahoma gained one spot to claim the fourth lowest average teacher salary in the nation, not because teachers are earning significantly more, but because the average salary in Idaho went down.

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Oklahoma News
6:03 am
Sat March 21, 2015

State Seeks Bids For Historic Building In Guthrie

Old Oklahoma Daily State Capitol Newspaper Building. Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Credit Kool Cats Photography / Wikipedia Commons

The state of Oklahoma is looking for someone to redevelop a historic building in the heart of downtown Guthrie.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services has issued a request for proposals for the purchase or lease and redevelopment of the 50,000-square-foot Oklahoma State Capital Publishing Company building.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but the state closed the museum in 2012 because of a lack of funding.

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Business and Economy
5:45 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Oklahoma Loses 500 Mining-Oil Industry Jobs

Credit neillharmer / Flickr

New data released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission shows that state has lost about 500 mining industry jobs between December 2014 and January 2015.

Even though the mining sector reported a 0.8-percent decline in employment during that time, the sector grew by 4.7 percent. About 97 percent of the jobs in the industry are related to oil and gas drilling.

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