Patrice Douglas Announced Candidacy In January
6:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

GOP Candidate Raises $400,000 In First Quarter

Credit Oklahoma Corporation Commission

A Republican candidate for Oklahoma's open 5th Congressional District seat says she's raised more than $400,000 since announcing her candidacy in January.

Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas announced in a press release Friday that she topped the fundraising mark during the quarter that ended on March 31. Campaign finance reports aren't due until April 15.

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Education
5:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP

Conservative Republicans and business leaders are butting heads when it comes to the Common Core standards.
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Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:47 pm

Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. "They've all been behind this."

Now, things are different.

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Dept. of Wildlife said not uncommon
4:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Dead Birds Rattle Norman Residents

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Birds were seen falling dead out of the sky in Norman, alarming some residents, though state wildlife officials say there's no cause for concern.

According to Oklahoma City television station KWTV, a homeowner near Highway 9 and Interstate 35 found more than a dozen birds in her yard Thursday.

Becki Miller of Norman said she heard a thump and noticed a bird had just fallen. Over the course of 24 hours, she observed at least a dozen birds drop dead in her yard, and worried the birds had been poisoned or were diseased.

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The Two-Way
3:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Kerry: 'Reality Check Time' In Middle East Peace Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference with Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar following a bilateral strategic dialogue at the Foreign Ministry in Rabat, on Friday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 4:52 pm

Frustrated by obstacles encountered in talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the White House was re-evaluating its role in the process, and that the time had come for a "reality check."

Speaking at a news conference in Rabat, Morocco, Kerry said the dialogue that the U.S. has been mediating is "not an open-ended effort, it never has been.

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Bush's 'Art Of Leadership' Puts Putin And Others On Display

Former President George W. Bush says his favorite from among the portraits he's painted of world leaders is the one he did of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. "I painted a gentle soul," he says.
George W. Bush Presidential Center

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 12:01 pm

"The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" officially opens Saturday at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

As the nation's 43rd president says: "Who woulda thought it?"

Talking with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager during a pre-recorded interview on NBC-TV's Today show, the self-deprecating Bush says:

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World Views
12:02 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

New York Times Correspondent On President Obama's Playbook For Foreign Confrontation

Credit Pete Souza / The White House

President Obama touts diplomacy as a characterizing trait of his administration, but his actions reveal a mix of diplomatic persuasion and the coercive use of force.

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger says President Obama prioritizes minimizing global conflict, but the president’s increased-yet-subtle application of force contrasts the previous administration’s foreign policy decisions.

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10:56 am
Fri April 4, 2014

“What Happened To The Republican Party That I Joined?” Meet The Oklahoma Lawmaker Outraged By His Party’s Sexism

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Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox tells Salon why his Republican colleagues' policies are "discriminatory against women."
Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox is an anomaly, and he knows it. As a self-identified pro-life Republican in a deep red state, Cox makes for an unlikely ally in the reproductive rights movement. But that hasn't stopped him from being an outspoken critic of his colleagues' efforts to scale back access to contraception and abortion services.
County Government
9:23 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Audit Finds Millions In Questionable Rogers County Costs

State Auditor Gary Jones
Credit State Auditor's Office

State audits have identified more than $5.5 million in questionable costs in Rogers County, including an allegedly fraudulent invoice for $36,000 that was submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The reports released this week detail a period from July, 1, 2010, to July 30, 2012. The audit identified 12 "items of interest" in connection with a FEMA contract issued after severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Fort Hood MP Hailed As Hero For Confronting Shooter

Bob Butler (left) and Bob Gordon paint crosses they placed in front of American flags at Central Christian Disciples of Christ church in the city of Killeen, Texas, which is home to Fort Hood.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 9:16 am

As investigators try to determine why Army Spc. Ivan Lopez would open fire on his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, stories are emerging about the harrowing minutes on the post Wednesday and what are being described as the heroic actions of the military police officer who confronted the gunman.

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The Two-Way
5:47 am
Fri April 4, 2014

AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded By Gunman In Afghanistan

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus is seen in a 2005 photo taken in Rome. She was killed Friday in Khost, Afghanistan. AP reporter Kathy Gannon was injured. A gunman opened fire on them as they sat in a car.
Peter Dejong AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 9:16 am

"A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan," the wire service reports.

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