Counselor Donte Chattman stands outside the cabins at New Day Camp on Lake Texoma
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With Rising Incarceration Rates, Children Of Inmates Seek Respite In Camp

Kristen Harlin speeds a golf cart through the grassy fields overlooking Lake Texoma in Kingston. It’s muggy and hot and the sun is relentless. Harlin is the executive director of New Day Camp, a summer camp for children with incarcerated parents. “All the campers here have the same, common thing going on in their life (sic). So if you get that stigma gone right away, they don't feel like they're the different person in the cabin,” Harlin says. Leaders address incarceration as soon as kids...
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The machine looks like a terminal at your local convenience store, but police agencies in a number of states are using them to read money cards seized from crime suspects. Officers can instantly freeze or seize the funds loaded on prepaid cards using the handheld device, and some civil liberties advocates say the machines may be abused.

Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate and author Elie Wiesel has died at the age of 87. Wiesel survived the World War II Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. After liberation, he went to France, then Israel and the United States, where he advocated on behalf of victims of hate and persecution around the world.

Wiesel's son, Elisha, confirmed his death in a phone call with NPR.

Panel Targets Business Incentives Totaling $110 Million

Jul 2, 2016
Members of the Oklahoma Incentive Evaluation Commission prepare to choose the tax breaks they will review this year. Left to right: Lyle Roggow, Carlos Johnson, Cynthia Rogers and Jim Denton.
Warren Vieth / Oklahoma Watch

A new state oversight panel has decided to target for scrutiny this year 11 business incentives that have been reducing state revenue by at least $110 million a year.

The first-year targets include incentives for manufacturing plant expansions, wind-power electricity generators, historic building renovations and Oklahoma-based film productions.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora waits on Board of Education members to emerge from executive session during an April 25, 2016 meeting.
Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Friday morning the Oklahoma City school board named interim superintendent Aurora Lora to the district’s top job permanently. She’s led the district since the April separation agreement with Superintendent Rob Neu.

Lora said shortly after the vote she wasn’t surprised by the board’s decision, and plans to work with the community through a series of focus groups to make sure their voices are heard.

A group photograph of the former Iranian hostages shortly after their release. The 52 Americans spent a few days in the hospital prior to their departure for the United States.
Johnson Babela / U.S. Department of Defense

Editor's Note: This interview was originally broadcast January 14, 2014

Ambassador John Limbert and 51 diplomatic and military colleagues were taken prisoner in the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. They were released 444 days later as Ronald Reagan was sworn into office on January 20, 1981.

A Williams Cos. employee monitors the company’s compressor station in Sumas, Wash.
Courtesy photo

On Wednesday Dallas-based Energy Transfer Equity announced it’s going to stop pursuing its merger with Tulsa-based Williams Cos. 

Updated 8:25 a.m.

Nearly half of the board of directors of Tulsa-based Williams Companies resigned Thursday during an afternoon closed-door meeting where a coalition attempted to oust CEO Alan Armstrong.

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Nearly every town, big and small, has some sort of Independence Day celebration. We set out to find some of the state’s best, and most intriguing festivities. As it turns out, Oklahoma has a lot to offer the patriotic festival goer. In fact, some events have made it in the national spotlight. Edmond’s LibertyFest has made CNN’s and USA Today’s list of the top 10 Fourth of July celebrations in the Nation.

The Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Inmates at a northeast Oklahoma prison are dealing with a waterline break that's affecting services. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins says the problem started over the weekend with a water leak on the grounds of the Dick Conner Correction Center in Osage County.

"We got the water restored, then there was a leak inside the community of Hominy,” Watkins said. “So they are working to fix that, but in the meantime, it brought down the water levels in the water tower at the facility, which is used to pressurize the water line."

The Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition and fee increases for public college and universities across the state.

The panel voted unanimously for the rate hike on Thursday. The increase averages 8.4 percent across the state.

The Associated Press reports the tuition fee increases range from Langston University's 3.7 percent increase to Rose State College's 13 percent hike.

Institutions of higher education requested the increase after the state legislature cut funding due to a budget shortfall shortfall.

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Volkswagen cars are on display at Cable Volkswagen in Oklahoma City.
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Volkswagen’s $15 billion settlement of lawsuit into allegations it cheated emissions tests, which spurred a national investigation, won’t include Oklahoma.