12:30 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Oklahoma Bill Would Establish Online Voter Registration

Oklahoma State Senator David Holt, R-Oklahoma City.
Credit oksenate.gov

More than a third of Oklahoma's eligible voters aren't registered, so lawmakers are considering allowing online registration to make the process more convenient and renew interest in elections.

State Election Board statistics show that more than 2.1 million people were registered to vote in January 2005. Ten years later and about 10 percent more residents, 119,280 fewer Oklahoma residents were registered to vote.

Last year's general election drew less than 30 percent of Oklahoma's eligible voters.

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Oklahoma News
9:31 am
Sun March 15, 2015

FOI Oklahoma Presents Awards At Sunshine Conference, Discusses Open Records Law

FOI Oklahoma logo.
Credit FOI Oklahoma

Freedom of Information Oklahoma presented an administrator with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, a state lawmaker and a persistent former University of Oklahoma student with its top awards at the organization's Sunshine Week program.

The group also acknowledged the Black Hole for damaging access to public information when it met Saturday.

William Young, administrator of the office of public information for the ODL, was presented the Marian Opala First Amendment Award.

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Manager's Desk
6:29 am
Sun March 15, 2015

This Is It! The 2015 Spring Fundraiser!

Credit KGOU

March 15, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This is it! This is KGOU’s 2015 Spring Fundraiser!

Listener donations provide this service of news and information and entertainment to nearly 70,000 Oklahoma listeners each week.

That’s why KGOU and other public radio stations around the country hold these fundraising efforts two and sometimes three or four times a year, asking listeners to support programming. 

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Oklahoma News
12:31 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Pawnee County Attorney And Judge At Odds Over Drug Court

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A state district attorney and judge are at legal odds over the establishment of a drug court in Pawnee County.

Rex Duncan, the district attorney for Osage and Pawnee counties, has made claims that Associate District Judge Patrick Pickerill used a "sham legal process" to backdate two administrative orders that appointed a secretary bailiff and created a drug court on October 30th.

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The Two-Way
9:20 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Fraternity's Defense Lawyer Not Ruling Out Suing OU

Lawyer Stephen Jones has been retained by a board representing the recently-disbanded Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma. He said Friday he's not ruling out a lawsuit.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:56 pm

Lawyer Stephen Jones, hired yesterday by members of Oklahoma University's disbanded chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, said today he's hopeful he can avoid a lawsuit against the school but he's not ruling one out.

Jones, who is most widely known for defending Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing trial, was retained by a board of alumni who oversee the OU chapter of SAE.

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Strange News
6:19 am
Sat March 14, 2015

The 'Math Guy' Presents 5 Facts About 3.14

Paul Almasy Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 10:35 pm

People across the world are eating pies and celebrating the circle this Saturday — and this year's Pi Day is particularly special. The full date, 3/14/15, is pi to the first four places. At 9:26 a.m. and 53 seconds, you can even celebrate pi to nine places: 3.141592653.

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Politics and Government
9:32 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Lawsuit: State Pension Board Law Violates Constitution

A lawsuit filed Thursday asks the state Supreme Court to find that the State Pension Commission violated the Oklahoma Constitution because two of its seven members are legislators.

Oklahoma City Attorney Jerry Fent's lawsuit said the pension commission is an executive branch entity. He said state Senator Rick Brinkley's membership on the commission violated the separation of power because Brinkley is a member of the legislative branch. Kent's lawsuit named commission chairman Ken Miller, the state treasurer, and Brinkley as defendants.

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The Two-Way
6:00 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Ferguson Mayor Knowles Slams 'Hostile Language' From Eric Holder

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles announces the resignation of police Chief Thomas Jackson during a news conference on Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 7:00 pm

Saying that he's trying to save the community of Ferguson, Mo., Mayor James Knowles says that he is frustrated and concerned by the tone of Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks about his city and its police department — both of which were harshly criticized in a recent Justice Department report.

Knowles also says that he sees no reason to step down, as some of his critics have demanded, stating that he still has residents' support.

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Oklahoma News
4:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Attorney Stephen Jones To Represent Board Of OU SAE Chapter

The exterior of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the University of Oklahoma campus, shortly before the letters were removed from the building March 9, 2015.
Credit Jacob McCleland / KGOU

A high-profile attorney hired by alumni of a fraternity chapter at the University of Oklahoma says the actions of some student members caught engaging in a racist chant are inexcusable, but members still have rights that must be protected.

Attorney Stephen Jones said Friday members of the fraternity and their parents also are concerned about the students' safety after some received physical and verbal abuse, even death threats.

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9:49 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Staycation? Spring Break Entertainment At Metro Libraries And Museums

This photo is one of 100 works on display with Madonnas of the Prairie: Depictions of Women in the American West, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum through May 10.
Mort Rode Forth Boldly toward the Sod House by Frank Schoonover (1877-1972) Oil on canvas, 26” x 36” circa 1926. Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harald de Rapp, 1971

Spring break begins today for area college students and most public schools. The chickweed and clover are spreading across yards and byways, and as soon as that last bell rings we will run out into the sunshine to celebrate the first buds of spring. We’ve rounded up some fun activities to enjoy over the break if you are willing to step out of the sunshine for a few moments to enjoy curated exhibits and happenings. Metro libraries host a series of fan fiction, tech and arts events for teens.

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