Thank You For FY2014
6:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Credit Kevin Dooley

June 29, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Yes, that is Auld Lang Syne in the background as we fold up and put way the books on fiscal year 2014. 

In the last twelve months, we…

  • Maintained a quality broadcast and digital services twenty four hours per day, three hundred and sixty five days a year.
  • Launched the Oklahoma Tornado Project and continued the StateImpact Oklahoma reporting efforts,
  • Won a number of awards for staff and student work, including 3 national awards,
  • Said farewell to staff members Kurt Gwartney and Kathy Hawkins, and
  • Saw continued audience and business support growth in support of our service.

Thank you for the success of fiscal year fourteen. 

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Indian Times
1:15 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

5 Stories From Indian Country This Week

Credit Dwight Mission

Cherokee Nation To Restore And Preserve Schoolhouse

The Cherokee Nation and its businesses are donating $120,000 to restore and preserve a nearly 100-year-old schoolhouse. The schoolhouse was built in 1917 and was the main building at the Dwight Mission in Vian in eastern Oklahoma.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions

The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Inmates there say that multi-drug executions are a form of human experimentation.
AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 10:38 am

Death row inmates in two states are taking legal action to stop states from using the kind of multi-drug protocol that resulted in botched executions in Oklahoma and Ohio.

The inmates are not challenging their convictions or death sentences, only the way in which the sentences are to be carried out, notes the Guardian.

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Latest One Was Magnitude 4.0
7:14 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Five Earthquakes Recorded In Oklahoma Friday...So Far

Seismic graph.
Credit Tom Phillips Photos / Flickr.com

The U.S. Geological Survey reports five earthquakes — including one of magnitude 4.0 — in Oklahoma.

Authorities say there are no reports of injury or damage from the Friday quakes.

The 4.0 quake was recorded at 5:35 p.m. near Medford — about 90 miles north of Oklahoma City. A 3.0 magnitude quake was recorded in the same area at 3:18 p.m.

The other three quakes were record near Langston — about 30 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

They included a 3.9 magnitude quake at 10:09 a.m., a 3.2 magnitude quake at 7:36 a.m. and a 3.4 magnitude quake at 2:10 a.m.

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new hearing will be on sept. 12
6:32 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Technicality Postpones Decision On Ten Commandments Lawsuit

Credit John Taylor / Flickr.com

An Oklahoma County judge has postponed deciding whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a Ten Commandments located on the grounds of the state Capitol.

District Judge Thomas Prince ruled Friday there are technical problems with a motion to dismiss the case. Prince ordered that a new motion and legal briefs be filed and rescheduled the hearing for Sept. 12.

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to be taken over by Alva state bank
6:15 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Freedom State Bank Closed Today

Credit Miran Rijavec Stan Dalone / Flickr.com

Oklahoma banking commissioner Mick Thompson has closed The Freedom State Bank in Freedom.

The state banking department says the bank was closed at 4 p.m. Friday due to exhaustion of capital funds and that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has reached an agreement with Alva State Bank & Trust Company to take the deposits and some assets of the bank.

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State Testing
3:37 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Oklahoma To Change Standardized Test Provider

Credit Jose Kevo / Flickr

Oklahoma education officials are preparing to solicit bids for a new state testing vendor after back-to-back years of disruptions during high-stakes standardized tests for Oklahoma students.

Oklahoma Department of Education spokeswoman Tricia Pemberton said Friday the agency was drafting a request for proposals after the Board of Education voted this week to terminate the agency's contract with the state's current testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill. The company is in the second year of a five-year contract with the state.

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Governor Fallin
2:58 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Judge Asked To Reconsider Open Records Ruling

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The American Civil Liberties of Oklahoma has asked an Oklahoma County judge to reconsider her ruling that Gov. Mary Fallin has the legal right to withhold documents requested by news organizations under Oklahoma'sOpen Records Act.

The ACLU filed the motion on Friday, 10 days after District Judge Barbara Swinton ruled that the "deliberative process privilege" cited by Fallin in withholding the documents is recognized by Oklahoma law. The ACLU's motion says the decision "is plainly contrary to law."

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Fees And Tuition
2:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Most Oklahoma Colleges And Universities Raise Tuition

The University of Oklahoma's tuition raise is lower than the state average, but it's still the most expensive university per credit hour in Oklahoma.
Credit Madeline Stebbins / KGOU

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition and fee increases for 23 of 25 Oklahoma's colleges and universities. School presidents presented their proposed increases before the regents Wednesday.

The average percentage increase for undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fees is 5.8 percent, according to data provided by the Regents.

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Health
9:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Oklahoma Health Authority OKs Copay Increase

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Citing a $104 million budget shortfall, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board has voted to increase copayments for Medicaid participants.

Leaders at the organization, which administers Oklahoma's Medicaid program, cited decreases in federal funding and a drop in tobacco tax revenue for the shortfall. The panel approved several rule changes Thursday, including a plan that increases most Medicaid copayments from $3 to $4.

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