NPR Ed
5:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

What To Expect From Obama Tonight On Education

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 9. Obama is promoting a plan to make publicly funded community college available to all students.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 4:50 pm

On the education front, President Obama's State of the Union address is likely to focus on three big proposals:

First, the president wants to talk about the idea he floated last week of making community college tuition-free. This is new.

The plan would benefit about 9 million full- and part-time students and would cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years. According to the administration's numbers, that would account for three-fourths of the total cost. States and community colleges would come up with the rest.

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Oklahoma News
4:39 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

AG Scott Pruitt Files Workers' Compensation Fraud Charges In Two Cases

Credit Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt / Facebook

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed workers' compensation fraud charges in two separate cases.

Pruitt's office announced the charges Tuesday against 30-year-old Nicholas Hurt and 48-year-old James Cramer. It was unclear if either man had an attorney.

Hurt, of Oklahoma City, allegedly created a false story with co-workers about a broken tooth, saying he was injured at work when in reality his broken tooth was the result of an air-soft gun pellet that was shot while the workers were off the clock.

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Politics and Government
3:56 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Oklahoma Congress Of Mayors To Meet Friday

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Mayors from across the state will meet later this week at the state Capitol to discuss issues facing their cities and to develop an agenda for this year's legislative session.

Delegates to Friday's Oklahoma Congress of Mayors will discuss municipal issues and ratify resolutions that will be presented to the governor and to legislative leaders.

Delegates are expected to focus attention on five key areas: transportation and infrastructure, public safety, municipal operations, community and economic development and municipal finance.

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Politics and Government
1:02 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Gov. Fallin Appoints DA Greg Mashburn To Narcotics Commission

Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County DA
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Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed District Attorney Greg Mashburn to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control Commission.

Fallin announced Tuesday that Mashburn will fill the district attorney slot on the commission. He replaces former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, who did not seek re-election and resigned from the commission.

Mashburn will serve the remaining four years of Harris' seven-year term, pending confirmation from the Oklahoma state Senate.

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Traces Of Oil Found In Montana Town's Water Supply After Spill

A warning sign shows the location of a 12-inch oil pipeline owned by Bridger Pipeline Co. that spilled up to 50,000 gallons of crude along the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Mont.
Matthew Brown AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:13 pm

Officials in Montana say they have detected traces of oil in the water supply of the town of Glendive, days after up to 50,000 gallons of oil spilled from a break in a pipeline along the Yellowstone River.

NPR's Kirk Siegler is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit. He says:

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It's All Politics
7:48 am
Tue January 20, 2015

State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

President Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks Friday during their joint news conference at the White House.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:37 pm

Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) has had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president's agenda slim to none.

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Oklahoma News
6:02 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Residents Invited To Open House For Oklahoma City's Comprehensive Plan

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Oklahoma City residents can review the product of years of their work and offer input on the city's draft comprehensive plan - planokc - during a 60-day public review and comment period that began last week.

The comprehensive plan is a policy document that guides future development and decisions about how the city grows over the next several decades.

To begin the public review process, a presentation and open house will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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The Two-Way
4:46 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Suspected Israeli Strike Kills Iranian General Advising Syrian Troops

Lebanese Hezbollah supporters carry the coffin of Jihad Mughniyeh during his funeral in Beirut on Monday. Mughniyeh was one of six ranking members of Hezbollah killed in a suspected Israeli strike Sunday. Iran says a general of its elite Revolutionary Guards was also killed.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 6:32 pm

Iran says a general in the country's elite Revolutionary Guard was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Syria on Sunday that also killed several ranking members of Hezbollah.

Though these aren't the first Iranians or Hezbollah fighters to be killed in Syria, this incident stands out because these men were on the Syrian Golan Heights, within 10 miles of Israel's northeastern border.

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The Two-Way
2:52 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Origin Unknown: Study Says Blast Of Radio Waves Came From Outside Our Galaxy

Australia's giant Parkes radio telescope detected a "fast radio burst," or FRB, last May. Researchers call FRBs, whose origins haven't been explained, "tantalizing mysteries of the radio sky."
CSIRO EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:52 am

On a graph, they look like detonations. Scientists call them "fast radio bursts," or FRBs: mysterious and strong pulses of radio waves that seemingly emanate far from the Milky Way.

The bursts are rare; they normally last for only about 1 millisecond. In a first, researchers in Australia say they've observed one in real time.

NPR's Joe Palca reports:

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NPR Ed
1:10 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Classroom Reflections On America's Race Relations

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., marches with other civil rights protesters during the 1963 March on Washington.
AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:25 am

In Peter Maginot's sixth-grade class, the teacher is white, but all of his students are black. They're young and they're honestly concerned that what happened to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner could happen to them.

"Who can tell me the facts that we know about Mike Brown?" Maginot asks the class at Shabazz Public School Academy, an afro-centric school in Lansing, Mich.

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