Starts with Oklahoma roots
3:45 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Former Oklahoman, Now U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren Releases Biography

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has written a book chronicling her life story, from her working-class roots in Oklahoma to a seat in the Senate representing Massachusetts.

The publisher describes "A Fighting Chance" as a look at the conflict between large institutions and the needs of everyday citizens.

The book details the Democrat's work in the Senate and her 2012 campaign to unseat incumbent Republican Scott Brown. It also looks at her efforts to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Education
3:25 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Q&A: A Crash Course On Common Core

Cathy Cartier, a proponent of Common Core, teaches an English class at Affton High School in Missouri last month.
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Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 3:50 pm

Confused about the Common Core State Standards? Join the club. That's not to say the new benchmarks in reading and math are good or bad, working smoothly or kicking up sparks as the wheels come off. It is simply an acknowledgement that, when the vast majority of U.S. states adopt a single set of educational standards all at roughly the same time, a little confusion is inevitable.

Below is a handy FAQ about Common Core. We'll continue answering your questions in the coming months. You can post them in the comments section, or on Twitter and Facebook using #commonq.

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Death Penalty
1:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oklahoma Court Resets Executions Amid Drug Search

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
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An Oklahoma court has rescheduled executions set for this month so state prison officials have more time to find a supply of lethal drugs.

While two inmates had sued challenging Oklahoma's execution procedures, the Court of Criminal Appeals declared Tuesday that their request for a stay was moot because the prison system doesn't have enough drugs to execute them.

In their brief order, the judges moved Clayton Lockett's execution to April 22 and Charles Warner's to April 29. They had been set to die this week and next week.

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Tax Credits
1:37 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Panel Passes Bill For $5 Million In Film Rebates

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A $5 million annual rebate program that has been used to attract producers of films like last year's August: Osage County to Oklahoma would continue for another ten years under a bill that has passed a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 7-2 for the bill on Tuesday. It now heads to the full Senate, where it is expected to pass.

But lawmakers who oppose the bill say the program is a wasteful use of tax dollars.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:59 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oklahoma AG And Energy Group Sue U.S. Government Over Endangered Species Settlements

The Lesser Prairie Chicken
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance on Monday filed a lawsuit against the federal government, accusing the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of “colluding” with environmental groups to bypass public rule-making procedures to enact endangered species regulations.

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:51 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Brief: Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ban Demeans Children

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Opponents of Oklahoma's gay marriage ban say it demeans same-sex couples and their children by signaling that their relationships are secondary to traditional families.

The argument came in a 102-page document filed Monday on behalf of Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

Bishop and Baldwin are suing to be allowed to marry in Oklahoma.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:32 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Federal Government Shutdown Cut Visitation At Oklahoma Park Sites By Half

Dick Duhn, owner of Arbuckle RV Resort, said business was down more than 50 percent during the government shutdown.
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The U.S. government shutdown in October 2013 was the culmination of a national political fight over federal budgeting, but its effects were felt far from Washington, D.C., including at two federal park sites in Oklahoma.

Sulphur, Okla. relies heavily on the tourism revenue it gets as a result of being attached to the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge, which was shutdown for the first half of October along with the rest of the country’s national parks and wildlife refuges.

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Native American
9:01 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Denver Museum Consulting With Native American Tribes Over Sand Creek Massacre Exhibit

The Sand Creek Massacre NHS continues to consult with a number of partners concerning the natural and cultural resources at the site. Here, park rangers meet with area landowners, tribal members, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Colorado State Forest Service, and others
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Colorado's state museum has agreed to consult with Native American tribes after the museum closed an exhibit on the Sand Creek Indian massacre over complaints from descendants of the slaughter's survivors that they weren't consulted about the display.

The consultations, which will begin Tuesday, will include Colorado officials, History Colorado museum officials, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

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Tornado
8:31 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Moore Approves Tornado Resistant Building Codes

New homes in Moore, Okla. should be able to withstand winds up to 135 miles per hour if built to new building codes passed Monday.
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The City of Moore is adopting stricter building codes intended to reduce the damage from high winds. The new regulations should strengthen homes against tornado damage.

The codes approved by the Moore City Council Monday would require hurricane straps that connect the roof of a home to the wall studs. The rules also add anchors that tie the frame to the foundation, continuous plywood bracing and garage doors built to withstand high winds.

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The Two-Way
6:12 am
Tue March 18, 2014

West Is Ruled 'By The Gun,' Putin Says As He Annexes Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 5:21 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': Ellen Barry, Moscow correspondent for 'The New York Times,' talks with NPR's Renee Montagne
We updated this post as Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke and other leaders reacted.

Wasting no time and showing no sign that he's concerned about Western objections or economic sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea on Tuesday.

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