Fencing surrounds the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol in preparation for removal of the marker.
Dale Denwalt / The Journal Record

Ten Commandments Monument Removed From Oklahoma Capitol Grounds Late Monday Night

Late Monday night workers removed the Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the state Capitol, satisfying a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In June, the state’s highest civil court decided the privately funded display on the north side of the building violates a section of the Oklahoma Constitution prohibiting the use of state property to endorse a specific religion. No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for...
Read More
prison bars
mikecogh / Flickr Creative Commons

The director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a privately operated prison where four inmates were killed remains on lockdown but that lockdowns at other state prisons have been lifted.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton made the comments Monday, more than a week after a melee at the Cimarron Correctional facility in which four inmates died and four others were injured.

Presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign stop, Sept. 3, 2015.
Michael Vadon / Flickr

Donald Trump, the real estate billionaire-turned-GOP frontrunner, plans to make a campaign stop in Oklahoma City Friday, speaking to supporters and others at the Oklahoma State Fair.

The Oklahoma Republican Party says Trump will speak at 5:30 p.m. at the Bandshell Stage on the State Fairgrounds. There's no cost to see the outspoken candidate other than the regular admission to the state fair.

A map from the Corporation Commission details the quake-related disposal well actions issued on Sept. 18, 2015.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission

State oil and gas authorities on Friday limited activity at five disposal wells after a string of earthquakes recorded near the city of Cushing.

A wave of small quakes has struck near the city in recent days. On Friday morning, a magnitude 3.8 to 4.1-magnitude temblor was recorded. No damage has been reported.

This is the story of the United States, the atom and Iran.

It's the story of a historic nuclear agreement — a story we may be tempted to think we know. After all, Congress just finished a chaotic debate that ended when lawmakers failed to block the deal. There was no solemn national moment of decision — no up-or-down vote, as with a treaty or a war.

But this was just the latest twist in a long and complex tale that dates back more than a half-century.

KGOU's newest listener, Eleanor Claire Greer.

September 20, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

This week, I would like to introduce to you the newest listener to KGOU Radio. She is just now over a week old and is as cute as can be. She arrived September 12th at just under seven pounds, and 19 and three quarters inches long. I’ve got a photo of Eleanor Claire Greer on the Manager’s Desk at our web site.

Nitrogen and phosphorous runoff from corn fields polluted many waterways in the Midwest.
David Staedtler / Flickr

Farmers make a living by raising and selling crops. But what if they could also earn money by taking steps to improve water quality? That’s the idea behind a government effort to create markets for clean water.

It’s an example of an environmental market -- making the land do more than just grow corn or soybeans. It can also sequester carbon, filter pollutants out of water, and give wildlife a place to live. These markets are becoming a more common way for state and federal regulators to approach pollution controls from utilities, industry, and agriculture.

a school classroom with empty chairs
comedy_nose / Flickr Creative Commons

For the third year in a row, Oklahoma will not give a standardized writing test next spring that counts toward a student’s score or a school’s letter grade.

That means the state is paying a vendor at least tens of thousands of dollars for a test that yields no results.

An Aug. 24 bulletin from the state Department of Education addressed to school district test coordinators says the writing exam will only be a field test, which is used to create test questions for the following school year.

Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Chatham House / flickr

Ambassador Hossein Mousavian has been a key diplomat for Iran for the past quarter century. He represented the Islamic Republic in Germany from 1990 to 1997, and then took a post as the head of the Iranian National Security Council’s Foreign Relations Committee until 2005, where he served as the country’s chief spokesman during nuclear negotiations with the European Union a decade ago.

Former Lt. Governor, Jari Askins

Former Democratic state legislator, special judge and Lt. Gov. Jari Askins has been hired to oversee Oklahoma's court system.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif announced Askins' hiring on Friday as the state's administrative director of the courts, effective Oct. 1.

Reif says Askins' hiring was a "conference decision" in which all nine justices participated. She will replace longtime administrator Michael Evans, who is retiring.

Reif says Askins will earn the same as a judge on the Court of Civil Appeals, or $138,235.

Gov. Mary Fallin presents BFAC.com President and CEO Brad McMullan a plaque from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce during Friday's announcement.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

A national technology firm plans to open a facility in Norman that will bring hundreds of jobs to the state.

The business texting firm BFAC.com is opening its Mobile App Development and Operations Center on the University of Oklahoma's Research Campus, just a few hundred yards north of the National Weather Center.

Gov. Mary Fallin said the company’s CEO Brad McMullan told her he wants technology to be as valuable to Oklahoma’s economy as oil and gas.