StateImpact Oklahoma
8:41 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Why The OKC Coalition To Pump Water From Southeast Oklahoma Fell Apart

Mitchell Logan supervises a pump station near Macomb, the 100-mile Atoka Pipeline's last stop on its way to the Oklahoma City metro.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma City has been pumping water out of southeast Oklahoma along the Atoka pipeline for 50 years.

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Education
7:46 am
Thu July 17, 2014

State Education Department Ready To Start Developing New Standards

The State Department of Education wants Oklahoma teachers, parents, and anyone interested in public education to help develop new academic standards for English and math.

On Tuesday the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld a repeal of the state's Common Core standards that were adopted in 2010. Oklahoma will revert to old Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) Standards until a replacement is implemented two years from now.

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Education
7:15 am
Thu July 17, 2014

UPDATE: Fallin's Office Says Barresi Will Not Be Secretary Of Education

Gov. Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Oklahoma State Department of Education

This post was updated at 12:36 CDT 

Gov. Mary Fallin’s office has offered its strongest rebuke yet to rumors that Superintendent Janet Barresi could be the state’s next secretary of education.

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Politics and Government
8:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Bureau Of Narcotics: Object To Initiative To Legalize Marijuana But Prepare For Passage

Darrell Weaver, Director, OBNDDC
Credit Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control

As the petition to put the legalization of marijuana on the ballots for a vote are still circulating, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control is standing its ground in opposition of the question but preparing for its possible passage.

Executive Director Darrell Weaver said during Tuesday’s board meeting that “we’re all aware that this petition is out there” and that “probably this and prescription drugs, is the number one thing that most states are addressing.”

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Sports
6:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Oklahoma City Thunder Signs Free-Agent Anthony Morrow

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The Oklahoma City Thunder say they have signed free-agent guard Anthony Morrow.

Morrow's agent, Wallace Prather, wrote in a text message to The Associated Press on Saturday that the deal is for three years and $10 million. The Thunder did not disclose terms of the deal Wednesday.

Morrow, who played for New Orleans last season, has career averages of 10.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in six NBA seasons. He helps fill a void created when starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha became a free agent and ended up with the Atlanta Hawks.

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Politics And Government
4:17 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Oklahoma's Chief Justice Warns Judges To Talk To Their Constituents

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Dozens of bills introduced in the state Legislature this year would have had a "lethal and devastating" effect on Oklahoma's judiciary if enacted into law, the state's chief justice warned judges Wednesday.

Chief Justice Tom Colbert told judges to talk to their constituents — especially local lawmakers — about the impact that some of the proposed changes could have on their ability to carry out the rule of law, such as how judges are selected and retained.

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The Two-Way
1:48 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire complained about a Democratic effort to reaffirm a contraceptive mandate at a Tuesday news conference
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 3:34 pm

A Democratic effort to override the Supreme Court's recent ruling on contraceptive coverage failed in the Senate on Wednesday.

Bill sponsors fell four votes short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the measure.

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Education
1:24 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Oklahoma Teacher Of The Year Nominees Announced

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education has named the 12 finalists for the annual Teacher of the Year award.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi made the announcement Wednesday. The winner will be announced this fall.

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Krulwich Wonders...
12:53 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 12:29 am

Forty-five years ago, this week, 123 million of us watched Neil and Buzz step onto the moon. In 1969, we numbered about 200 million, so more than half of America was in the audience that day. Neil Armstrong instantly became a household name, an icon, a hero. And then — and this, I bet, you didn't know — just as quickly, he faded away.

"Whatever Happened to Neil Whosis?" asked the Chicago Tribune in 1974.

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World Views
10:33 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Despite Rough Start, Uncertain Transition, U.S.-Vatican Relationship Personal, Principled

U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Francis Rooney with First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara during a private meeting with Pope Benedict XVI - Feb. 9 2006
Shealah Craighead The White House

The United States has had a long-but-rocky relationship with the Vatican and didn’t formally establish diplomatic relations and appoint an ambassador until 1984. That 21-year stretch of U.S. representatives serving with a single pope ended when John Paul II died in 2005.

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