2:33 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Oklahoma Educators Working On Equity Plan For State Teachers

Credit Ilea Shutler / Oklahoma Watch

The Oklahoma Department of Education is working on a plan to ensure equitable access to excellent educators in state classrooms.

The Tulsa World reports all states were asked to develop an Educator Equity Plan as part of a federal initiative last summer. The state's plan must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by June 1.

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12:15 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Large Hail, Damaging Wind Possible Sunday Afternoon And Evening

Southeastern and central Oklahoma will see a chance for strong winds, large hail and a possibility of tornadoes Sunday afternoon and evening.
Credit National Weather Service

A storm system will develop over northern Texas and southern Oklahoma this afternoon and evening that could produce damaging winds and large hail, and the potential for tornadoes. 

The most likely area for severe weather this afternoon runs south and east of a line from Clinton to Ada. The strongest storms could produce baseball to softball size hail, 60 to 70 mile per hour winds and a low potential for tornadoes. The possibility for tornadoes is greatest in southwestern Oklahoma and northern Texas.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:00 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Price Of Admission To Nursing Homes: No Lawsuits

State long-term care ombudsman Bill Whited, holding a picture of his grandmother, Pearl Wolf.
Credit M. Scott Carter / Oklahoma Watch

In the summer of 2013, Pearl Wolf, 93, got sick and went to the hospital. After watching her health decline, her family decided to place Wolf in a nursing home.

“She was really starting to deteriorate,” her grandson, Bill Whited, said.

The family decided to place Wolf in Rose Manor in Shawnee. Located near Wolf’s house, the facility accepted Medicaid and Medicare patients and Whited considered its staff excellent. The family hoped Wolf would get well enough to return home.

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Nepal Earthquake
4:20 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Powerful Aftershock Jars Kathmandu; Nepal Quake Toll Rises

Rescue team personnel carry an injured person towards a waiting rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on Sunday.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 9:44 pm

Updated at 10:40 p.m. ET

A magnitude-6.7 aftershock rumbled Kathmandu and sent people running for open ground Sunday morning, a day after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake ravaged Nepal and the region. The death toll from the disaster topped 3,000, a police official told Reuters.

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from the capital, described the scene on Weekend Edition Sunday:

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Politics and Government
8:30 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Fallin Signs Agency Budgeting, Charter School Bills


Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law bills regarding a budgeting system for state agencies and for charter schools.

Fallin on Friday signed a bill requiring state agencies use what is called performance-informed budgeting techniques. Fallin had made the system one of her legislative priorities.

The process calls for the agencies to set goals and outcomes that can be measured for their success.

The second new law gives school districts statewide the option of creating charter schools. Current law allows charter schools only in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

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Oklahoma News
6:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Attorney: Bates Under Internal Investigation In 2009

Tulsa County Sheriff's reserve deputy Robert Bates enters the Tulsa County Jail Tuesday.
KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

Attorneys for a man killed by a Tulsa County reserve deputy have released a report they say outlines a 2009 internal investigation showing colleagues expressed concerns about the volunteer's performance soon after he joined the department.

A lawyer for the dead man's family on Friday released a sheriff's office memo outlining the investigation into Robert Bates. The 73-year-old is charged with second-degree manslaughter in Eric Harris' April 2 death.

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Law Enforcement
10:46 am
Fri April 24, 2015

CLEET Director Wants More Training For Reserve Officers

Scott Kendrick observes two Canadian County deputies during defensive tactic training at CLEET headquarters in Ada, Oklahoma.
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Scott Kendrick has spent a lot of time at the Council on Law Enforcement and Education Training’s campus in Ada. Last week, he stopped by to check on two Canadian County sheriff’s deputies during their defensive tactics lessons, teaching them how to get out of a chokehold.

Kendrick spent about 15 years in law enforcement as a full-time officer. He left ten years ago but decided to stay involved as a reserve deputy.

“The reason I left was because the retirement plan was pretty horrible,” Kendrick said. “I wanted the option to retire whenever that time came.”

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World Views
10:37 am
Fri April 24, 2015

100 Years After Chemical Weapons Milestone, Use Even More Frightening In Wrong Hands

A poison gas attack using gas cylinders in World War I
Tartalizza Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday marked 100 years since the first widespread use of chemical weapons on the Western Front of World War I.

On April 22, 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium, German troops released hundreds of tons of chlorine gas toward French soldiers, killing thousands within 10 minutes. It was a horrific way to die – many suffocated on their own lungs and were blinded as the acidic compound destroyed moist tissue.

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World Views
9:59 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Why 'Genocide' Is Such A Disputed Term When Describing What Happened In Armenia

The Armenian Genocide Memorial, better known as Tsitsernakaberd, is Armenia's official memorial to the victims of the genocide.
Rita Willaert Wikimedia Commons

The world paused Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of the systematic relocation and extermination of Armenians during World War I. The April 24 date signifies the deportation of intellectuals by the Ottoman Turks in 1915.

Authorities rounded up Armenian Christians due to concerns they were allying with Russia during World War I. An estimated 1.5 million people died, but recognizing the tragedy and how exactly to describe it has been controversial ever since.

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World Views
9:13 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Religious Liberty Attorney, Online Editor Describes Gender Issues In Islam, Other Faiths

The Jewish Star of David, Arab- Christian Cross and Crescent on the front of Beit Hagefen Arab-Jewish Center in Haifa.
zeevveez Flickr

According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 56 percent of adults in the United States said religion was “very important” in their lives, with another 22 percent saying religion was at least “fairly important.”

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