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.
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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

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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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Weather and Climate
7:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Large Hail, Tornadoes Possible With Severe Storms Across Oklahoma This Weekend

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 8:53 a.m.: Many unknowns making specific impact hard to predict

The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms are possible across much of central and southern Oklahoma Friday, with an increasing risk of tornadoes.

They’re most likely between 4 and 11 p.m. along the Red River in an area stretching from Ardmore to Durant. 

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Business Intelligence Report
6:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Gun Ruling Sparks Concern About Norman Music Festival, Arts Festival Aims For Zero Waste

The 2011 Norman Music Festival
Rob Bennett Flickr

It's springtime in Oklahoma, festival season is getting underway, and two of the Metro's biggest kicked off this week.

The eighth Norman Music Festival opened Thursday night - with one of the most controversial lead-ups in recent memory.

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Oklahoma News
6:39 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

House Minority Leader Inman Says Democrats Oppose Oil & Gas Regulation Bill

House Minority Leader Rep. Scott Inman (D-Del City)
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says his caucus was disappointed by passage of a Republican-backed bill that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations.

House Democrat Leader Scott Inman of Del City said Thursday that members of the House minority caucus believe local communities and their leaders should have authority to regulate the drilling operations in their areas.

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