Water Pollution
8:55 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Phosphorus Far Less In Oklahoma's Waterways

The Illinois River in eastern Oklahoma.
Credit Schlüsselbein2007 / Flickr (Creative Commons)

The Environmental Protection Agency says Oklahoma ranks second in the nation for reducing harmful nutrients from streams and rivers.

It's the fifth year in a row that Oklahoma has ranked in the top 10 among states in reported non-point source nutrient reductions.

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Native American
8:11 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Tribes, Shawnee Officials Still At Odds Over Sales Taxes

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation heritage center.
Credit Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Representatives of four tribes have met with city of Shawnee officials — but reached no agreement on the city's request for sales taxes.

The Journal Record reports that the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kickapoo Tribe, and Sac and Fox Nation met with officials that included Mayor Wes Mainord and City Manager Brian McDougal.

The city wants the tribes to collect sales taxes from non-tribal members at tribal businesses in the city and pay that amount to the city.

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The Two-Way
7:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Obama: Russia Making 'Series Of Calculations' After Crimea

President Obama, accompanied by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, speaks during their joint news conference at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Tuesday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 1:27 pm

(This post was updated at 11:30 a.m. ET.)

President Obama on Tuesday said that he believed that Russia was "still making a series of calculations" regarding any further moves after its annexation of Crimea, but that there was no expectation of dislodging it by force from the Black Sea peninsula.

"What we can bring to bear are the legal arguments, the diplomatic arguments," he said at a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte following a nuclear security summit in The Hague.

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Health Care
6:35 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green says the company should not have to provide insurance coverage for IUDs and morning-after pills for its 13,000 employees.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:23 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.

This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.

In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. That turned out to include all 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Tue March 25, 2014

White House To Propose Halting NSA Bulk Collection Of Phone Data

The sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 2:42 pm

President Obama is preparing to announce a plan to scrap the government's systematic collection of bulk phone records as part of a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency's controversial electronic surveillance activities.

The New York Times, quoting senior administration officials, reports:

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Manager's Desk
8:29 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

KGOU's Financial Sustainability Is Up To You

Financial sustainability for KGOU!
Credit Nic McPhee / Flickr Creative Commons

For the last several weeks, I’ve been talking about mathematical problems, crowdfunding, and strength in numbers. All of these ideas lead to financial sustainability for KGOU.

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Death Penalty
6:11 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Oklahoma's Execution Protocol Changed

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., home to the state's death row.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr Creative Commons

Lawyers for two Oklahoma inmates say the state has informed them that it has changed execution procedures — and that there are now five acceptable ways to kill condemned inmates.

In court papers filed Monday, lawyers for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner said they were notified Friday night that Oklahoma's execution protocol had changed. The state had used a three-drug combination, but new possibilities include a mega-dose of pentobarbital or two new drug combinations.

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Beattie's Prairie
4:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

End Of Trail Of Tears Site Now On National Register

Credit Oklahoma History Center

A site where Cherokee Indians disbanded following the Trail of Tears is among six new properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

The State Historic Preservation Office announced the new listings on Monday.

Beattie's Prairie located in Delaware County is where Cherokees arrived and resettled following their forced location to Indian Country.

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Native American
12:39 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Cherokee Chief: End Of Trail Of Tears Worthy Of Celebration

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Credit Cherokee Nation

The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation says the 175th anniversary of the end of the Trail of Tears is a cause for celebration.

Several thousand Cherokee Indians died as they were forced from their homelands in the southeast into Indian Territory, beginning in 1838.

Monday marks the anniversary of the arrival of the final group to present-day Oklahoma.

Chief Bill John Baker says tribal members feel a sense of pride from the Trail of Tears. He says that, despite the trials and tribulations, Cherokee ancestors survived and the tribe has thrived.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Immigration Inspiration: Oklahoma Novel Framed By Controversial 2007 Law

HarperCollins Publishers

In 2007, Gov. Brad Henry signed some of the country’s strictest anti-immigration legislation into law.

House Bill 1804 by state Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore) made it a felony for the state to provide education and health care services to illegal immigrants, and requires police to investigate the immigration status of anyone “suspected” of being in this country illegally.

Seven years later, the controversial law and its effect on people form the basis for Oklahoma native Rilla Askew’s fourth novel Kind of Kin, now out in paperback.

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