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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Health
6:09 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Recall of Kabob's Beef And Chicken Products

Credit Wikipedia Commons

A Georgia food company has recalled more than 850 pounds of beef and chicken because of misbranding and exposure to potential allergens.

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say Kabob's Acquisition Inc. recalled about 869 pounds of meat that was produced between Nov. 13 and Thursday.

Officials say the company's ingredient supplier said ground cumin spice that was used in production may have been contaminated with peanut residue.

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It's All Politics
4:56 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Republican Lawmakers Retreat Great For Face Time, But Divisions Remain

"We've all had an opportunity to get to know each other a little better," House Speaker John Boehner said of this week's Republican retreat in Hershey, Pa.
Juana Summers NPR

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 7:31 pm

Republican lawmakers of the House and Senate emerged from a rare joint retreat in Hershey, Pa., a town known best for its chocolate, with little to show for it.

Unlike last year's House retreat where lawmakers unveiled their principles for an overhaul of the nation's immigration overhauls, there was little grand takeaway.

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Business and Economy
4:01 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

U.S. Rig Count Falls By 74 In Week

A DRILLING RIG NEAR HENNESSEY, OKLA
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 74 this week to 1,676.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report 1,366 rigs were exploring for oil and 310 for gas. A year ago 1,777 rigs were active.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas' count dove by 44, North Dakota dropped six, Oklahoma fell five, California and Wyoming each lost four and New Mexico declined by three. Arkansas, Kansas and West Virginia were down two each and Colorado, Louisiana and Utah were off one apiece.

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The Two-Way
3:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Will Rule On Gay Marriage This Term

Jayne Rowse (left) speaks as April DeBoer kisses her during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., on March 21, 2014. An appellate court upheld Michigan's — and three other states' — bans on gay marriage. The Supreme Court said Friday it will review the appellate court's decision. DeBoer and Rowse are the Michigan couple in the case.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:17 pm

Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide on gay marriage this term.

The justices said today they will review an appellate court's decision to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky. The four states are among 14 that ban same-sex marriage.

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Death Penalty
1:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Witness, Protester Reaction To Thursday Night's Execution Of Charles Warner

Protesters with the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty rally and hold a vigil Thursday near the Governor's Mansion in Oklahoma City
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Oklahoma carried out its first execution Thursday night since the troubled lethal injection of an inmate in April.

Prison officials delayed Charles Warner's scheduled 6 p.m. execution while waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether to grant a stay. Justices voted 5-4 against intervening in the case of Warner, who was convicted in the 1997 rape and beating death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter.

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

January–December 2014 blended land and sea surface temperature anomalies in degrees Celsius.
NOAA

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 10:17 am

It's official: 2014 was the hottest year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center crunched the numbers and came to this conclusion:

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