Assignment: Radio
10:03 am
Tue March 11, 2014

A Passion for Prevention

Candace McCaffrey began her career as many people do – using any opportunities she could find to gain experience. This led her somewhere she didn’t expect – Bethesda, Inc., a Norman non-profit that provides counseling for child victims of sexual abuse.

McCaffrey: I was working at the community mental health center, and one of the original organizers, I guess, asked me if I wanted to co-lead one of the sex offender groups. I was young, needed experience, said yes.

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Assignment: Radio
9:55 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Protecting Yourself One Class at a Time

The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network says every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Sixty percent of those attacks won’t be reported and 80 percent of the victims will be under the age of 30. Norman resident James Clark tells his self-defense class that danger is a constant possibility even where you feel safest.

James: He came through the front door he didn’t have to break anything, didn’t have to unlock anything he just came through the front door, she was in the shower at that point getting ready to go to work…  

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Death Penalty
8:47 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Death Row Inmates Plan State Supreme Court Appeal On Execution Drugs

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr Creative Commons

Lawyers for two death row inmates who were denied a stay of execution say they plan to appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish on Monday denied a request to halt the executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. Parrish ruled that only the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals can issue a stay of execution.

Defense attorneys plan to file an appeal Tuesday.

Lockett and Warner are suing the Department of Corrections over a law that prohibits disclosure of the state's execution procedures.

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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Crimean Parliament Passes 'Declaration Of Independence'

A masked man, believed to be a Russian soldier, holds a Crimean flag as members of a pro-Russian self-defense unit stand in formation Monday in the regional capital of Simferopol.
Vasily Fedosenko Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 10:51 am

"Crimea's regional legislature on Tuesday adopted a 'declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,' " The Associated Press reports. "The document specified that Crimea will become an independent state if its residents vote on Sunday in favor of joining Russia."

That's just one of several developments Tuesday as the crisis in Ukraine continues. Among the other news:

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Native American
8:21 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Chickasaw Nation Endows OU Law Position

Credit College of Law / University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma College of Law has received a gift from the Chickasaw Nation for the Chickasaw Nation Native American Law Chair.

The position is the first endowed chair of its kind in the nation. It will allow OU to attract and retain national scholars in Native American law.

OU Law offers three different programs providing specialization in Native American law: the Juris Doctor Certificate, the Master of Laws and the new Master of Legal Studies.

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Parallels
7:24 am
Tue March 11, 2014

In Tsunami's Wake, Fierce Debate Over Japan's 'Great Wall'

Workers build a concrete barrier along the coast of suburban Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, which was hard hit by the devastating tsunami in 2011. Nationwide, Japan has poured concrete to defend nearly half of its shoreline. Critics say much of it is unnecessary.
Lucy Craft for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 9:28 am

Three years after the massive tsunami that ravaged northeastern Japan, the government is building the biggest anti-tsunami barriers ever.

The vast network of supersized sea walls, mocked by some as "the Great Wall of Japan," is already underway and would stretch 230 miles and cost nearly $8 billion.

The wall is designed to protect places like the small port city of Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture. With its dramatic hills, white fishing boats and seafood market, Kesennuma has the pleasant nautical feel of Seattle.

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Must Keep it locked in your car
5:12 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

If You Have A Permit, You Can Take Your Gun To School

Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Oklahomans with a permit to carry a handgun could keep their weapon locked inside their vehicle on public school campuses under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 76-17 Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Sally Kern, despite opposition from a lawmaker who is a former school principal and voiced concern about the safety of having guns on school campuses.

Kern says her bill is about protecting the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.

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Additional Cracks Discovered by Workers
3:53 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

James C. Nance Bridge Closed "Indefinitely"

Credit J Stephen Conn / Flickr.com

Oklahoma transportation officials say repair work on a closed bridge that connects Purcell and Lexington will take longer than expected and the bridge will remain closed indefinitely.

Transportation officials briefed members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission Monday on the status of the repairs to the US 77-State Highway 39 bridge over the Canadian River.

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Parallels
3:35 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

What If Ukraine Still Had Nuclear Weapons?

President Bill Clinton (from left), Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk, clasp hands after signing documents whereby the U.S. and Russia agreed to stop aiming long range nuclear missiles at each other, and the Ukraine agreed to dismantle all of its 1,800 nuclear warheads. The event took place on Jan. 14, 1994, at the Kremlin in Moscow.
Diana Walker Time

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 1:38 pm

Ukraine appears rather helpless in the face of the Russian intervention in Crimea. But what if Ukraine still had nuclear weapons? The confrontation might look rather different, and perhaps much scarier.

When Ukraine gained independence in the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, it inherited a nuclear arsenal that included some 1,800 warheads, making it the third largest in the world, trailing only Russia and the U.S.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:09 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Study: Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake ‘Potentially Triggered’ By Smaller Disposal Well Quake

A disposal well in Northern Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oil and gas industry-related waste water injection may have triggered a cascading sequence of earthquakes that culminated in Oklahoma’s largest earthquake ever recorded, the 5.7-magnitude temblor that struck near Prague in November 2011, a new peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Researchsuggests.

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