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Gene Wilder, Star Of 'Willy Wonka' And 'Young Frankenstein,' Dies

Actor and writer Gene Wilder, who brought his signature manic energy to films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and the role that forever ensconced him in the collective memory of a generation of children, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died. He was 83.Wilder died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman."The decision to wait until this time to disclose...
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Karen Holp, KGOU General Manager.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

August 7, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I have something very personal to tell you. After 28 years at KGOU, and 41 years in the public radio business, I have decided to retire later this fall.

Together we have grown KGOU to a significant service. There are many to thank – from the administration of the University of Oklahoma and OU Outreach, to the marvelous staff of KGOU who work hard every day, to you who have listened and supported KGOU these many years.

Mac McClure in 2012 receives a volunteer award with Flights for Life Marketing Director Jane Tellier.
Courtesy Photo

The former director of Oklahoma City’s Federal Aviation Administration center died in a plane crash in Arizona Tuesday.

The Coconinio County Sheriff’s Office said Mac McClure’s twin-engine plane crashed near Flagstaff while he was transporting donated blood to Scottsdale. Authorities said the plane may have had engine trouble shortly after it took off. It then crashed into a wooded area.

wedding rings
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Citing budget cuts, state officials are ending the controversial Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, a 17-year-old program originally aimed at reducing the state’s high divorce rate.

The state Department of Human Services announced it is eliminating its funding for the program because the agency is facing a budget shortfall of more than $100 million this fiscal year. It is implementing $45 million in cuts that include slashing 91 positions and reducing several public-assistance programs and will seek supplementary funding to help fill the remaining gap.

At the top of Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Suzette Grillot / KGOU

Editor's Note: This interview originally aired June 3, 2014..

A week before the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil, soccer’s international governing body has expressed concern that three of the stadiums won’t be ready, and legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo says he’s “appalled” by his country’s preparations for the sport’s biggest event.

Military medical personnel attend a drill that simulates a biological or nuclear attack at Galeo Air Base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 15, 2016.
Renata Brito / AP

The 2016 Summer Olympics open Friday night in Rio de Janeiro. Like soccer’s World Cup two years ago, the event has drawn the world’s attention to Brazil’s largest city and raised questions about health, security, and the country’s economic and political climate.

Donald Trump has released the names of his economic advisers, a list heavy with Wall Street and real estate industry figures, but short of actual economists.

The names include several people from the world of hedge fund and private equity firms, including Steven Feinberg, chief executive and co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management; Thomas J. Barrack, chief executive of Colony Capital Management; and John Paulson, president of a hedge fund company bearing his name.

Superintendent Aurora Lora has officially signed a three year contract with the Oklahoma City Public School District. The new superintendent of the state’s largest school district will make $220,000 a year. Her predecessor, Rob Neu, made $240,000 a year.

The contract, signed on July 29th, states that the Superintendent and Board of Education shall discuss and mutually agree on district goals, that will then be a part of the Superintendent’s evaluation. Lora will be evaluated on those goals no later than June 30th of each year of the contract.

SandRidge Energy headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It’s been a rocky year for Oklahoma City’s SandRidge Energy.

The company started 2016 learning it would be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, and had to shut down many oil and gas wells in northwest Oklahoma due to seismic directives by the Corporation Commission.

Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley and Renee Alvarado Porter at the announcement for the new Cristo Rey high school on Aug. 4, 2016.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

A new Catholic high school geared toward low income students will open in Oklahoma City in the fall of 2017. The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced Thursday that the new Cristo Rey school will be located on Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma City campus.

 

The Cristo Rey model heavily uses work-study. All students work at a partner corporation one day a week.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is greeted by fans as he arrives for a news conference to announce that he has signed a contract extension with the Thunder, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The Russell Westbrook era in Oklahoma City will continue for at least three more years.

The All-Star point guard signed a contract extension with the Thunder on Thursday. The Associated Press reports the deal is worth $85.7 million.

Fans cheered Westbrook’s name as he entered the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday for a press conference to announce the extension. He told reporters there’s no place he would rather be than Oklahoma City.

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