World Views
12:09 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Ousted From The G8? Russia Doesn't Care, And Neither Should You

President Vladimir Putin opens an afternoon plenary session at Konstantinovsky Palace during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 6, 2013.
Credit Pete Souza / The White House

Earlier this week, the Group of Eight industrialized nations said they would suspend participation until Russia “changes course.” The move by the G7 nations is aimed at isolating Moscow as punishment for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says the statement is primarily symbolic, with few long-term effects.

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Oklahoma News
10:26 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Attorneys Skeptical Of Oklahoma Dash-Cam Video Bill

Credit Richard Bauer / Flickr Creative Commons

Some attorneys who specialize in obtaining arrest videos from police say they're concerned a bill designed to make Highway Patrol dash-cam videos open to the public could actually have the opposite effect.

 

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Environment
9:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Inhofe, Lucas, Fallin Not Pleased With Prairie Chicken Move

The Lesser Prairie Chicken
Credit USDAgov / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma politicians have been quick to respond to news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

The Obama administration announced Thursday it is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species. The move could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in Oklahoma and four other central and southwestern states.

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Education Standards
7:45 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Support For Common Core Waning At State Capitol

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Strong backers of the education standards originally created by the National Governors Association, including its current chair, Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.), are distancing themselves from the reform.

House Minority Leader Scott Inman blames Fallin for failing to lead on the issue.

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Shots - Health News
5:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Obamacare's National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More

Maygan Rollins, a field organizer with Enroll America, talked health insurance options with Jerry Correa during a recent campaign in Miami.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 11:23 pm

With this year's deadline to register for individual health insurance just a weekend away, much attention is being lavished on two numbers — the 6 million Americans who have signed up so far, and the percentage of those folks who are (or aren't) young.

But experts say the national numbers actually don't mean very much.

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On April 5
6:13 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Outside Moore Liquor Store

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A Kansas church noted for picketing the funerals of soldiers and AIDS patients plans to protest outside a Moore liquor store that held a sale following the death of the church's pastor.

Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church died March 19. The Moore Liquor Store offered 10 percent off champagne and erected a sign noting Phelps' death and said the sale was "not a coincidence."

Store owner Bryan Kerr told the Oklahoman newspaper that while some people didn't like the sign, "99 out of 100" people do support him.

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8 Clubs to share $200,000
4:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Cherokee Nation Significant Contributor To Boys And Girls Clubs

Credit Boys & Girls Clubs Of America

The Cherokee Nation is donating about $200,000 to be spread among eight Boys and Girls clubs in Oklahoma.

The tribe announced the donation Thursday. Different monetary awards were donated to the Boys and Girls club programs in Adair County, Bartlesville, Chelsea, Tahlequah, Delaware County, Green Country-Pryor, Nowata and Sequoyah County.

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State Capitol
12:48 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Senate Extends $5 Million Film Rebate Program

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A $5 million annual rebate program that has been used to lure big budget films to Oklahoma would continue for another 10 years under a bill that is heading to the governor's desk.

The Senate voted 31-11 on Thursday for the Compete with Canada Film Act by Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond).

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This Is KGOU
11:56 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Send In Your Photos: Oklahoma Tornado Project To Host Photo Exhibit On May 2013 Storms

An airman kneels in the Moore neighborhood south of Plaza Towers Elementary School.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

If you documented any part of the tornadoes that devastated parts of Oklahoma in May of 2013 through still photography, KGOU is asking you to share your photos for possible inclusion in an exhibit marking the one-year anniversary.

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World Views
11:27 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Corruption Allegations In Turkey Make Sunday’s Local Elections Even More Important

Riot police cleaning Taksim Square after protests - June 16, 2013
Credit Mstyslav Chernov / Wikimedia Commons

Turkey’s main opposition party recalled parliament this week for an extraordinary session to discuss allegations of corruption against four former ministers that have damaged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government ahead of Sunday’s local elections.

Fevzi Bilgin is the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Rethink Institute, and an expert on his home country’s politics. He says the allegations involve billions of dollars in money laundering through international businessmen, and government officials receiving kickbacks from those operations.

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