Manager's Desk
10:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Requesting Your Photos For Anniversary Exhibit

Victims embrace amid the devastation in Moore after the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Next month, Oklahoma will be marking the anniversary of a series of storms that moved through our communities.  Those storms left a lot of tears behind, but also a lot of resolve to rebuild.

KGOU's Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project is partnering with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center to present a curated photography exhibit dedicated to last May’s storms. 

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Oklahoma Watch
8:17 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Inhofe, Coburn Among Politicians Working To Separate Federal Funds And Common Core

Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism on important public-policy issues facing the state. More Oklahoma Watch content can be found at www.oklahomawatch.org.

Both of Oklahoma’s senators are among a cadre of lawmakers asking that the U.S. Department of Education stop tying federal funding to the implementation of Common Core standards and related curriculum.

The U.S. Department of Education has been a supporter of Common Core State Standards, and has included their adoption as criteria for federal Race to the Top grants.

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7:46 am
Wed April 9, 2014

VA Pays Out $200 Million in Wrongful-Death Cases

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In Oklahoma, data obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting shows that in 23 wrongful-death cases filed in the decade after 9/11 related to the VA hospital in Oklahoma City, the VA paid out more than $3.6 million to families. In six cases filed during that decade related to the VA center in Muskogee, the VA paid out more than $715,000 to families. At both facilities, allegations included failure to treat, diagnose or monitor; using improper techniques or wrong procedures, and failure or delay in admission or referral.
A 23-year-old female veteran who had been raped in the Army is discharged from the psychiatric ward at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Muskogee without anyone notifying her family - despite a safety plan that required that her mother, sister and stepfather be informed of her regimen of care.
Science
7:43 am
Wed April 9, 2014

What Does Sound Look Like?

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 12:23 pm

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6:58 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Lawmaker Blocks Bill Requiring Doctors to Check Prescription Drug Monitoring System

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Last year, Oklahoma pharmacies filled 9.7 million prescriptions--or nearly 600 million doses--for controlled dangerous substances. Prescribers logged into the Prescription Monitoring Program database 1.2 million times, suggesting that many do not use the system routinely. An investigation by Oklahoma Watch and The Oklahoman determined that the lack of routine PMP checks is one factor contributing to a dramatic increase in drug overdose deaths in Oklahoma.
A bill that would require doctors to check their patients' drug histories before writing narcotic prescriptions was derailed Tuesday by a House committee chairman, but sponsors expressed hope they could keep the issue alive. The bill, requested by Gov.
U.S.
6:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations

About 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Ill., last November. Some senators are pushing for a better disaster formula for communities to get financial help.
Tasos Katopodis Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:02 am

It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado ripped through the area last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.

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At risk of demolition or deterioration
6:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Oklahoma's Most Endangered Places

Westhope
Credit Joffre Essley / Flickr.com

For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma state Capitol has made a list of the most endangered places in the state.

The nonprofit organization Preservation Oklahoma released its annual list of Oklahoma's most endangered places on Tuesday.

The list recognizes historic sites across Oklahoma at risk of demolition or deterioration and raises awareness about the need to preserve them.

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Helps housing and service programs
5:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

HUD Gives $6.6 Million In Grants To Programs In Oklahoma

Credit Matthew Rutledge / Flickr.com

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced $6.6 million in grants to renew support for 55 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma.

The grants announced Tuesday support programs that include street outreach, client assessment and direct housing assistance to individuals and families with children who are homeless. The grants also support job training; health care; mental health counseling; substance abuse treatment; and child care.

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Oklahoma City Zoo
4:34 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

UPDATE: Young OKC Giraffe Dies During Risky Surgery

Zoo officials hope Kyah will be returned to her mother at the zoo soon after the surgery, and say she could be back on her feet within two weeks.
Credit Jaimee Flinchbaugh / Oklahoma City Zoo

A 6-month-old female giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo died Tuesday during surgery to correct a terminal birth defect that affected her ability to eat.

Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson confirmed the death to The Oklahoman's Matt Patterson:

Kyah was euthanized during surgery when it became clear the complications encountered would be too much to overcome.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

OK Policy Poll: Voters Oppose Tax Incentives For Horizontal Drilling

Credit Meredithw / Flickr Creative Commons

A new poll shows 64 percent of Oklahoma voters oppose state tax incentives for horizontal drilling and support eliminating the incentive to pay for other government services.

Oklahoma levies a 7 percent tax on oil and gas production, but the horizontal drilling incentive lowers the rate to 1 percent for the first 48 months of production. The incentive expires in 2015, and some Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to make the reduced rate permanent.

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