Many residents — and some members of the city council — didn’t know Norman’s drinking water is being used for hydraulic fracturing until The Journal Record broke the story in March about Texas-based driller Finley Resources tapping a fire hydrant near Franklin Road.
Earlier this week Rwandan President Paul Kagame told a Paris newsmagazine France bore some responsibility for the 1994 genocide of more than one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the two countries have disputed France’s role for years. A French commission during the 1990s found no wrongdoing regarding the country’s role in the genocide, but a separate Rwandan commission argued France not only allowed the genocide to happen, but French soldiers actually participated.
Secretary of State John Kerry says talks in the Mideast peace process faltered after Israel last month refused to release prisoners as Palestinian leaders demanded, and then moved forward with new construction in a settlement.
A new photography exhibition opens April 11 at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Heather Ahtone, the James T. Bialic Assistant Curator for Native American and Non-western Arts, says the exhibition has a global feel.
“'Our People, Our Land, Our Images' is an exhibition of indigenous photography from across the world,” said Ahtone. “It includes Native American photographers as well as Maori from New Zealand, Iranian and Palestinian photographers. It's their visual take on what it is to be indigenous and from a particular place."
Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 12:53 pm
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism for the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, said Friday that as she prepares to leave that agency she is thankful to have had the chance to work on "the cause of my life."
Her agency, Sebelius said, has been "in the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system."
Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 1:31 pm
A highway in Northern California was turned into an inferno Thursday when a FedEx truck slammed into a charter bus full of high school students.
The California Highway Patrol says at least 10 people, including both drivers and five of the teenagers, were killed. An additional 30 or so people were injured. Those who survived escaped through smashed windows.
Republican legislative leaders say they plan to derail a pay raise for members of the Oklahoma judiciary that would have also increased the salaries of the statewide elected officials such as the governor and attorney general.
Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman said Thursday they would support a House resolution to disapprove the proposed raises. Gov. Mary Fallin and other statewide elected officials also have called for the raises to be turned back.