OneSix8
8:03 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With An Entrepreneurship Symposium, And Easter Events

Product innovation and design expert Paul Polak delivers the keynote lecture at the Social Entrepreneur Symposium 2014.
Credit Kris Krug / Flickr Creative Commons

The University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) and the College of International Studies present the Social Entrepreneurship Symposium 2014.

The event brings together marketing experts, product designers and academics from across the state to discuss the role of design thinking in social entrepreneurship and in curricular initiatives at OU.

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Health
7:37 am
Thu April 17, 2014

House Approves Smoking Exception For Oklahoma Veterans Centers Until 2018

The Ardmore Veterans Center, located in the districts of the bill's authors, state Rep. Pat Ownbey and state Sen. Frank Simpson.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Residents of Oklahoma's veterans' centers will be allowed to smoke on the property for a few more years under an agreement worked out between Gov. Mary Fallin, state lawmakers and the War Veterans Commission.

The House gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that would designate all state-operated veterans' centers as nonsmoking effective Jan. 1, but allow the centers to designate outdoor smoking areas for residents until Jan. 1, 2018.

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The Salt
6:20 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:48 pm

A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.

It's inspired by the example of open source software, which is freely available for anyone to use but cannot legally be converted into anyone's proprietary product.

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Utah's arguments heard last week
5:24 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Challengers To The Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ban Head To Federal Appeals Court

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Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, and the clerk who refused to grant them a license, are headed to a federal appeals court with a rare opportunity.

Judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments last week about Utah's gay-marriage ban, and will take up the Oklahoma case Thursday.

That gave the Oklahoma legal teams on both sides a chance to fine-tune their arguments based on what they heard last week.

Attorneys defending the ban say they were encouraged by the judges' tough questions.

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Cruz and Palin to appear at Tulsa rally
5:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cruz And Palin Endorse T.W. Shannon

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Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is touting the endorsement of Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in Shannon's race for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

Shannon campaign consultant Trebor Worthen told The Associated Press Wednesday that Cruz has endorsed Shannon and is set to appear at a rally in Tulsa along with former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

Palin and Lee endorsed Shannon previously.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:57 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma's Largest Water Loan Goes To Norman To Fix Stressed, Stinky Treatment Plant

A water tower in Norman, Okla.
Credit MELISSA MEGGINSON / FLICKR

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board uses the state’s good credit to secure loans for communities and rural water districts that need help paying for expensive upgrades to their water systems.

And at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a $50.3 million loan to Norman in what Joe Freeman, chief of OWRB’s financial assistance division, calls the “largest single loan request” it’s ever acted on.

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Election
11:23 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Self-Funded Rep. Leads Money Race For Oklahoma's 5th District

Mike Turner, Oklahoma State Representative - District 82
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A 27-year-old first-term state representative from Oklahoma City who put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign has amassed the biggest war chest in the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the 5th Congressional District.

Federal campaign finance documents provided by Republican state Rep. Mike Turner's campaign show he spent about $170,000 during the reporting cycle that ended March 31. Most of that was spent on a television ad buy in the Oklahoma City market.

Federal campaign reports covering the first quarter of 2014 were due by midnight Tuesday.

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State Revenue
10:26 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma Misses Collections Mark, Could Mean Additional Agency Cuts

Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger
Credit Oklahoma PCA / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma's finance secretary says collections by the general revenue fund fell 9.1 percent below the official estimate in March.

Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger said Tuesday the state experienced another month of unusually low corporate income tax revenue. Doerflinger says that the decline followed a major increase in tax credit claims.

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State Employee Compensation
9:02 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Trooper Pay Raise Heads To Fallin's Desk

Oklahoma Highway Patrol cadets lining up during academy training.
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

The Oklahoma House has given final passage to legislation that provides a mechanism to raise the salaries of Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The House voted 94-0 without debate Tuesday and sent the bill to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law. The measure was previously approved by the state Senate.

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Manager's Desk
8:52 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Best Wishes To Kurt Gwartney

KGOU News Director Emeritus, Kurt Gwartney

News Director Kurt Gwartney is leaving KGOU, and his family is moving to Tulsa. The Rev. Charla Gwartney will soon be the new Senior Pastor for Faith United Methodist Church in Tulsa, and Kurt is the new communications director for the Eastern Oklahoma Region of the American Red Cross.

After an earlier career in both commercial and non-commercial radio, Kurt returned to public radio in 2005 as KGOU's Operations Director. He became News Director in 2009, and editorial director of StateImpact Oklahoma in 2011.

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