Sexual Assualt Awareness
6:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Supports "Wear Teal Day"

Credit Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking Oklahomans to participate in the annual "Wear Teal Day" to raise awareness and show support of survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Tuesday event is meant to raise awareness of sexual violence and to help educate the public about prevention

The color teal and the teal ribbon represent awareness about sexual violence.

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Prohibits off-label uses
4:51 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Further Restrictions On Abortion-Inducing Drugs

Credit Cory Doctorow / Flickr.com

A bill to further restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily cleared a Republican-controlled Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 5-1 Monday for the bill, which was written in direct response to a recent state Supreme Court decision.

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Oklahoma Politics
3:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate

T.W. Shannon speaks before a joint session of the Oklahoma House and Senate in Oklahoma City on Feb. 3.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 3:53 pm

The announcement by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he is resigning his seat at the end of the year has set up a spirited battle among Oklahoma Republicans to replace him.

Leading the pack are Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. At age 36, Shannon is an up-and-coming star in the GOP, and if elected he would become the third African-American in the Senate — two of them Republicans.

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Education
1:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bill Offers Flexibility On Oklahoma Third Grade Reading

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A bill that would offer more flexibility to school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level has cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee voted 11-0 on Monday for the bill, which included several amendments by state Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond)

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Native American
12:40 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

UPDATE: House Panel Approves Plan For Native American Museum

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum near the intersections of I-40 and I-35 in Oklahoma City.
Credit American Indian Cultural Center and Museum

A plan to take $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to pay for the completion of a Native American museum in Oklahoma City has cleared another legislative hurdle.

Members of a House budget subcommittee voted 8-2 on Monday, sending the bill to the full House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

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Public Education
12:36 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Teachers Rally At Capitol For Funding

On the south side of the state Capitol, thousands of education supporters cheered as speakers outlined why more funding for Oklahoma’s public schools and the 678,000 students they teach is needed.
Credit Gov. Mary Fallin / Facebook

Before the rally started outside, Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Robert Sommers stayed inside the building to say the administration supports the need for more cash in the classroom.

"Last year the governor signed into a law a budget that delivered over $120 million in new education funding, the bulk of which was for common education," Sommers says.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
11:15 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

There’s little doubt Oklahomans will be more sensitive and more concerned than usual as the spring storm season approaches after the devastating events of May 2013. Dozens of people died as three violent tornadoes tore across Pottawatomie, Canadian and Cleveland counties within a two-week span.

Since September, KGOU has been working to prepare for severe weather in 2014 with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On March 12, we hosted a panel discussion about tornado preparedness and storm safety at the Moore Public Library, just a few hundred yards from where the May 20 twister crossed Interstate 35.

We learned six things you need to know to prepare for the 2014 tornado season:

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Only 'Ocean Junk' Found So Far As Search For Jet Continues

One of the objects searchers have spotted floating in the southern Indian Ocean as they look for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Nothing they've seen so far has been connected to the missing jet.
Jason Reed AP

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 12:19 pm

The state of the now 24-day-old search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane and the 239 people on board can be summed up by these four reports:

-- "Objects sighted at sea on Sunday by an Australian Orion searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been identified as fishing buoys, nets and other ocean junk." (The Sydney Morning Herald)

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Drugs
8:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Drug Agency: Decongestant Link Restricting Meth Production

Credit David Morris / Flickr Creative Commons

 The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says a new registry linking the sales of pseudoephedrine with neighboring states has blocked up to 90,000 sales of the drug in its first year of operation.

The Oklahoma Legislature passed a law in 2012 that links Oklahoma's pseudoephedrine database with those in neighboring states.

Proponents of the measure say it restricts the amount of the popular cold and allergy medicine trafficked across state lines. Pseudoephedrine is an ingredient used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

New Severe Weather Warning System Comes To Oklahoma

An example of what the National Weather Service calls a "considerable" tornado.
Credit National Weather Service

Meteorologists are really good at understanding all sorts of complicated weather-related jargon. But when severe storms are in the forecast, it’s important to communicate those threats in a way that people can easily understand. 

The National Weather Service has been testing a new, simpler approach in different parts of the country, and last week, they introduced their system to Oklahoma. 

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