Oklahoma News
5:47 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Multiple Events Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Credit Ron Cogswell / Flickr Creative Commons

A variety of public events are scheduled for today’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oklahoma City. Organized by the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition, the theme is “Honor, Celebrate, Work” and this will be the cities 32nd annual event.

The traditional Silent March begins gathering at 9:00 a.m. at Freedom Center 2500 N. Martin Luther King Drive with an invocation by the Rev. Anthony Walker of St John CME Church and march Instructions from Roosevelt Milton, President Emeritus of the OKC Branch of the NAACP.

Read more
Code Switch
3:59 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Broken Promises On Display At Native American Treaties Exhibit

Suzan Shown Harjo points to a signature on Treaty K at the National Archives. The document will be on display in 2016 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian for an exhibit on treaties curated by Harjo.
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 4:33 pm

For centuries, treaties have defined the relationship between many Native American nations and the U.S. More than 370 ratified treaties have helped the U.S. expand its territory and led to many broken promises made to American Indians.

Read more
Oklahoma News
11:10 am
Sun January 18, 2015

More Than 3,200 Same-Sex Couples Marry In Oklahoma

Mary Bishop holding her marriage license.
Credit facebook

The head of a gay advocacy group says more than 3,200 marriage licenses have been issued since they became available to same-sex couples in Oklahoma.

Toby Jenkins, executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, says marriage licenses have been issued in 23 of Oklahoma's 77 counties since Oct. 6.

That's when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider an Oklahoma's judge's ruling that struck down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage.

Read more
7:39 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Teacher Evaluation System Could Be Delayed Again

Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education.
Credit www.tulsatoday.com / Creative Commons

The controversial Teacher and Leader Effectiveness evaluation system may be this year’s Common Core in the legislative session, some education advocates say.

Jenni White, president of the parent-led grassroots organization Restore Public Oklahoma Education, said Wednesday morning her group will come back strong this year. ROPE was the driving force behind the state’s repeal of Common Core standards last legislative session.

On their agenda: TLE delay or removal, strengthening student privacy laws and expanding school choice options in Oklahoma.

Read more
6:45 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Declining Oil Prices Forcing Industry To Cut Jobs

An oil well near a neighborhood in Yukon, Okla.
Credit Becky McCray / Flickr Creative Commons

Declining crude oil prices have forced three major industry firms with strong northeastern Oklahoma ties to lay off workers.

The Tulsa World reports that Apache Corp., Baker Hughes and Schlumberger have begun laying off employees in response to the oil price crash in the past six months.

Two weeks ago, Denver-based producer SM Energy announced it would close its Tulsa office, which employs 100 people.

Read more
6:14 am
Sun January 18, 2015

New Oklahoma Schools Superintendent Fires Three Administrators

Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma State Schools Superintendent
Credit Provided

Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has fired three key members of her predecessor's staff during her first week in the office.

The Oklahoman reports Hofmeister declined comment on the terminations of Education Department employees Joel Robison, Richard Caram and Marsha Thompson.

Caram and Thompson, three-year employees of the department, confirmed they were fired Friday. Robison, the former chief of staff, told The Associated Press Saturday he was also fired.

Read more
Manager's Desk
5:50 am
Sun January 18, 2015

The Annual Financial Audit

Credit Simon Cunningham / Flickr.com

January 1, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Each year, KGOU undergoes a complete financial audit by an independent and very professional auditor. We do this for two main reasons.

First, it is a requirement of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to have an external audit each year in order to receive our annual grant.

But over the years, I have come to really appreciate the second reason. Each year, I post the audit on our web page. All the information is there in a PDF that you can down load.

Read more
Business and Economy
9:34 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Court Ruling Could Change How Workers’ Comp Cases Are Heard

Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission
Credit Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission

A district court ruling that could prove to significantly impact the way worker’s compensation cases are handled in Oklahoma may soon be heard by the state Supreme Court, according to officials at the Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation.

A district judge ruled this month that Pottawatomie County man Darrell Duck’s injury while on the job at a Shawnee Hibdon Tire location was foreseeable, and therefore was not covered by the state’s workers’ compensation act, and concluded that Duck has a right to sue his employer for compensation.

Bob Burke, a workers’ comp lawyer and a former council member, said in a presentation to the council that Duck, who he is representing, was trying to loosen a bolt when he fell and was injured.

Burke said if Duck’s injury is not covered, then he is without remedy, which is in violation of a violation of the Constitution. “For every wrong, there’s a remedy,” Burke explained. “You’ve got to have some place to go to get a remedy.”

Read more
Oklahoma News
7:06 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Grants Available To "Oklahoma Grown" Farmers Markets

Oklahoma City Farmer's Market
Platemaker Wikipedia Commons

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is accepting applications for grants to assist farmers markets. 

Eligible markets must be registered with the agency as Oklahoma Grown. Markets registered as Oklahoma Grown for the past three consecutive years are eligible for a maximum of $3,500.

Markets registered for less than three years are eligible for a maximum of $2,000. 

The 2015 program has $55,000 available.

Read more
Oklahoma News
6:45 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Yukon Boy, 12, Asks 32 NFL Bosses Which Team To Support And Two Respond

Cade Pope of Yukon, Oklahoma, with his Panther's helmet, before he got a letter from the San Francisco 49ers.
Credit Heather Pope / Wikipedia Commons

A 12-year-old Oklahoma boy looking for an NFL team to root for now has two to choose from.

Cade Pope needed help deciding which NFL team to support, so he wrote letters to the owners of all 32 teams asking why they deserve his loyalty.

Cade heard first from Carolina Panthers founder and owner Jerry Richardson, who sent a handwritten note as well as a replica Panthers helmet signed by All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Richardson says the team would make Cade proud and that he would love Kuechly, Cam Newton, Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen.

Read more