World Views
10:13 am
Thu April 9, 2015

How Arun Gandhi Continues His Grandfather's Legacy By 'Planting The Seeds Of Peace'

Arun Gandhi, grandson of Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi preached a philosophy of nonviolence, understanding, and the search for truth. 67 years after Gandhi’s death, his grandson Arun Gandhi continues spreading that message of peace and carries on his legacy.

The younger Gandhi grew up in South Africa under apartheid and faced constant prejudice because of the color of his skin.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:45 am
Thu April 9, 2015

In Southwest Oklahoma, A Farmer Harvests The Wind And Watches The State Capitol

Bob Kerr on his ranch near Carnegie, Okla., which is flanked by turbines from the Blue Canyon Wind Farm.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Lawmakers have filed several measures targeting Oklahoma’s wind industry during the 2015 legislative session. The bills most likely to end up on the governor’s desk add regulation — like preventing new wind farms from being built near hospitals, schools and airports — and reduce wind energy tax credits.

Bob Kerr has lived on his Caddo County ranch for 43 years. The nearest tow, Carnegie, is home to about 1,700 people — a sprawling metropolis in southwestern Oklahoma

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It's All Politics
5:57 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Suicides By Missouri Politicians Raise Questions About State Ethics

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide following political attacks during his campaign for governor. His press secretary, Spence Jackson, committed suicide just one month later.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 1:53 pm

In Missouri, two political suicides have stunned the Republican Party. In February, state Auditor Tom Schweich, a leading candidate for the party's nomination for governor, shot himself. Then just last month, his press secretary, Spence Jackson, took his own life. The tragedies have sparked fresh scrutiny of Missouri's increasingly bruising political system.

Schweich launched his campaign for governor with a scathing broadside against the state's Republican Party establishment.

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12:49 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Curbside Chronicle Photographers, Vendors Print Fresh Perspectives

Ryan West, Robert and Geovanny de Leon pose in front of the Homeless Alliance's WestTown drop-in center on northwest 4th at Virginia Avenue, also home of The Curbside Chronicle office.
The Curbside Chronicle

Robert is a modern-day newsie. But he doesn’t hawk a tabloid or news rag on the streets of New York or Mexico City. He sells The Curbside Chronicle at busy intersections in northwest Oklahoma City. Some sales days are better than others.

“I did do really well Friday. I had 31 magazines and I sold out in less than two hours,” said Robert, who chose not to share his last name. “I didn’t have any more and I was upset with myself ‘cause I should have bought at least 60.”

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Weather and Climate
4:43 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tornado Watch Issued Ahead Of Likely Severe Storms In Central, Northern Oklahoma

Thunderstorms are expected to begin isolated, but quickly become severe. It will likely be later in the afternoon before any severe thunderstorm is able to form, likely first in northern Oklahoma then farther south.
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 3:44 p.m.: Tornado Watch issued for areas north, west of Interstate 44

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of the state north and west of a line that roughly follows Interstate 44.

The Norman Forecast Office says scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will move across central and eastern Oklahoma through the afternoon, bringing small hail and occasional lightning.

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Oklahoma News
1:25 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Federal Judge Declines To Stop Transfer Of Seattle Elephants To OKC Zoo

Achara, the new baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Two Seattle elephants could soon join the OKC troop.
Credit Andrea Wright / Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

A federal judge has criticized conditions for elephants at both the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and the Oklahoma City zoo but he refused to block the transfer of two Seattle elephants to Oklahoma.

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Manager's Desk
1:08 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

You Did It! The Spring 2015 Fundraiser Is Over!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

More than 1100 KGOU listeners did it – you shortened our spring fundraising drive and together, we met the $180,000 goal.  And together, we did it in the shortest amount of program disruption we have ever achieved.

As promised, we ended the fundraiser as soon as we met the goal.  We are back to the regular, scheduled breaks so you don’t miss another minute of your favorite programs. 

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The Two-Way
1:03 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Jury Finds Tsarnaev Guilty On All Counts

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 11:46 am

A jury in Boston has found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts related to the 2013 bombings of the Boston Marathon. The twin bombings, carried out with his older brother, Tamerlan, killed three people and left 264 others wounded.

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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Wed April 8, 2015

South Carolina Police Officer Charged With Murder After Shooting Man In Back

Michael Slager, a North Charleston, S.C., police officer, has been charged with murder in the killing of a black man who was running away from him.
Charleston County Sheriff's Office

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:30 pm

A white police officer who shot and killed a black man after a traffic stop was charged with murder in North Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday.

The Post and Courier, a newspaper in Charleston, reports that officials said a video, which shows officer Michael Slager, 33, firing at 50-year-old Walter Scott as he fled, played a role in the decision.

The paper reports:

"Mayor Keith Summey added during a news conference that Slager's 'bad decision' prompted his arrest.

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5:44 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Following In Coburn's Footsteps, Oklahoma Congressman Releases 'Waste Watch' Report

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell during a Feb. 3 House Oversight and Government Reform hearing.
Congressman Steve Russell Facebook

New U.S. Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma City is taking a page out of former Sen. Tom Coburn's book when it comes to highlighting government spending.

The freshman Republican on Tuesday released what he's calling "Waste Watch," which documents what Russell calls excessive public spending. The document is similar to Coburn's annual "Wastebook" that highlighted lavish spending by public agencies.

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