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8:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Group Files Second Storm Shelter Petition

Take Shelter Oklahoma's first petition effort.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

A group that wants to build storm shelters in every public school in Oklahoma has begun collecting signatures to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot.

Tim Farley, spokesman for Take Shelter Oklahoma, says organizers began collecting signatures Wednesday. They must collect the signatures of 155,000 Oklahomavoters in 90 days to have the measure placed on the November ballot.

The petition drive comes more than a year after a tornado struck Moore on May 20, 2013, destroying two schools and killing seven children at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

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State Agencies Cut Even Though Revenues Expanding
8:04 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oklahoma Treasurer: Gross Receipts Keep Climbing

Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says overall collections to the state treasury during the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled $11.7 billion, an increase of more than 4 percent from the previous fiscal year

Miller released figures Wednesday that show collections for the month of June also were up about 6.6 percent compared to the same month last year.

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Oklahoma News
7:43 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

UCO Professor Featured In PBS documentary

The story of UCO professor of music Jim Klages’ battle with MS, “Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS,” will broadcast at 9 p.m. July 8 on OETA. Pictured here in 1986 during his time in “The President's Own” United States Marine Band, Klages’ USMC career was cut short after his 1989 diagnosis with MS, but chiropractic care has restored his ability to play the instruments he loves.
Credit University of Central Oklahoma

A University of Central Oklahoma music professor's struggle with multiple sclerosis will be featured in a PBS documentary airing next week.

The documentary on Jim Klages, "Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS," airs at 9pm on July 8 on OETA.

The film tells the story of Klages — an accomplished musician and cornet soloist for the United States Marine Band— who was slated to perform at former President George H.W. Bush's inauguration in 1989.

But Klages woke up that morning to an unusual, unshakeable tingling in his left arm which led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

The film documents Klages' illness, love of music and path toward recovery. As Klages’ story is shared widely this summer and into next year on PBS stations throughout the country, he hopes that his story of hope will resonate with those who watch it.

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636 Still Could Advance After Summer Assessment
7:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

OKC Promote 514 Third-Graders Who Failed Test

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Education / Facebook

More than 500 Oklahoma City third-graders who failed a state reading test will be promoted to fourth grade after receiving exemptions.

Oklahoma City Public Schools officials announced Tuesday that the exemptions were granted for various reasons, including learning disabilities, English as a second language or satisfactory performance on an alternate test.

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Fallin And Inhofe Toured Last Friday
7:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Number Of Immigrant Minors At Fort Sill Tops 1,100

Governor Fallin and U.S Senator Jim Inhofe tour the facility last Friday.
Credit U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe / Facebook

Federal officials say the number of immigrant children being housed at a temporary facility in Fort Sill has topped 1,100.

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an email Wednesday the latest count is 1,123. He says another 288 minors have been discharged from the facility since they started arriving there last month.

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state forestry officials worried
6:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Rural Fire Departments To No Longer Receive Surplus Military Vehicles

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State forestry officials say rural fire departments across Oklahoma could be devastated as a result of an agreement between two federal agencies to stop providing surplus military vehicles.

State Forester George Geissler said Wednesday the agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency calls for a halt to providing no-cost surplus military vehicles and equipment to fire departments across the country.

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features cherokee language and culture
3:55 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

10 Year Anniversary Of "Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds" Radio Show

Credit Cherokee Nation

The only radio program in Oklahoma to air in the Cherokee language is marking its 10-year anniversary.

"Cherokee Voices, Cherokee Sounds" is an hour-long program in both the Cherokee and English languages and includes Cherokee music, interviews with elder speakers and information about tribal community news.

It debuted in 2004 and continues to expose the Cherokee language and culture to people around the world.

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Here & Now
12:56 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Debating The Death Penalty

The "death chamber" at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas, is pictured in February 2000. (Paul Buck/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:39 pm

On July 2, 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted the death penalty. A year later, convicted murderer Gary Gilmore was executed by a firing squad in Utah. That same year, 1977, Oklahoma became the first state to approve lethal injection as a means of implementing the death penalty. It was in that state in April that an execution by lethal injection was botched.

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Immigration
11:16 am
Wed July 2, 2014

VIDEO: Bridenstine Denied Access To Fort Sill Detention Facility

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine attempts to gain access to the immigrant facility at Fort Sill.
Credit U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine / Facebook

A Republican congressman from Oklahoma says he was denied access to a federal facility at Fort Sill that is housing hundreds of mostly teenage immigrant children from Central America.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Tulsa says he was visiting the Army post on Tuesday when he approached the facility and was told by security that he was not allowed to enter.

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10:02 am
Wed July 2, 2014

This American Gamble: Ira Glass’s ‘This American Life’ Leaves PRI

Lead in text: 
A lot of this is public radio "Inside Baseball," but here's a fascinating piece from Wednesday morning's 'New York Times' about the decision by 'This American Life' to change distributors.
Ira Glass had lost his voice. That gentle, reliably nasal, public radio staple of a voice had been worked hoarse. On any given day, this would be an issue for Mr. Glass, 55, whose award-winning show, "This American Life, is broadcast on nearly 600 stations and is consistently the top podcast on iTunes.

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