Oklahoma's governor and the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation have signed agreements that will allow tribal citizens in all 77 Oklahoma counties buy a Cherokee Nation license plate.
Two compacts were signed Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin and Principal Chief Bill John Baker. They authorize the Cherokee Nation to be the first tribe in Oklahoma to offer car tags to its citizens statewide.
One compact allows Cherokee citizens in Tulsa, Wagoner, Rogers, Mayes and Muskogee counties to purchase a tribal car tag at the same rate as Cherokee citizens have for 10 years.
The remains of a mural supporting the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force on a crumbling wall in Protestant South Belfast in 2007. It originally showed the UVF logo (a red hand surrounded by the words "For God of Ulster") flanked by two armed men.
Listen to Suzette Grillot's interview with Peter Weinberger.
Foreign aid to post-conflict countries usually focuses on rebuilding physical infrastructure. Peter Weinberger says in countries where there are deep divisions between religious, ethnic, or tribal groups, social reconstruction is more important, and can be much more difficult to achieve, than physical reconstruction.
Weinberger is a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace. He now teaches at USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding after working with various non-governmental organizations in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and the western Balkans. Weinberger says in “divided societies” like these, group identities are salient and cause a lot of conflict between people – even decades after the immediate violence ends.
Following a “soft” launch in July, KGOU commits to full season of Backstage Jazz.
Hosted by resident jazz lover and independent producer Jeremy Gossett, Backstage Jazz is the culmination of Gossett’s three-year quest to create a radio program that showcases both regionally-admired and internationally recognized jazz artists. Gossett told the Oklahoma Gazettewhat he means by “Backstage”.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Col. Michael Teague to the position of Secretary of Energy and Environment.
Fallin announced Teague's appointment on Friday and he will begin his new role on Sept. 3.
The position of secretary of energy and environment is new, combining the positions of secretary of energy, previously held by Michael Ming, and secretary of environment, previously held by Gary Sherrer. Fallin says the two policy areas are linked, making it practical to combine them under one cabinet post.
The father of a Cherokee girl at the center of an adoption dispute has arrived at an Oklahoma courthouse, apparently without the girl.
Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina obtained a court order asking Dusten Brown to bring 3-year-old Veronica to the Cherokee County Courthouse Friday morning. A South Carolina court approved their adoption of the child, but a Cherokee Nation court has granted custody to Brown and his family.
The governors of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico,Oklahoma and Texas say public-private partnerships involving landowners and developers are the best way to protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken.
The Journal Record in Oklahoma City reported Friday that the governors this month signed a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking the agency to not add the bird to the threatened species list. They say that adding the bird could slow development of oil, gas and wind projects in the Plains.
On a Friday, this is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.
Today is the first day of school for students in Moore, Oklahoma. It is a bittersweet return. Nearly three months ago, a tornado tore through that small community. The storm destroyed hundreds of buildings, including two elementary schools. Seven students and 18 other people died. The storm has fueled a debate about why there aren't more storm shelters in the heart of Tornado Alley. Across Oklahoma, there's no statewide plan to put shelters in schools.
Oklahoma was hit particularly hard by two massive outbreaks this year in what's been another deadly season of tornadoes in the U.S. Despite technology and forecasting improvements, scientists still have plenty to learn about how and why tornadoes form.
Currently, one of the best ways for researchers to understand how tornadoes form is to chase them. So off they go with mobile science laboratories, rushing toward storms armed with research equipment and weather-sensing probes.