Oklahoma Politics
5:13 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Rush Springs Democrat Eyes Governor's Race Against Fallin

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A Democratic state representative from Rush Springs says he plans to start raising money for a race against Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in 2014.

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) set the stage Tuesday for what he portrayed on one hand as only a possible run for governor. But he said he was confident he would seek the Democratic nomination for the state’s highest elected post.

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Around The State
4:29 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Macy's Opening Fulfillment Center Near Tulsa

Gov. Mary Fallin at the Tulsa Regional Chamber on Tuesday to announce a $170 million Macy's fulfillment center in the Tulsa area.
Credit Gov. Mary Fallin / Facebook

A new Macy's fulfillment center to be built near Owasso is expected to create 2,500 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs.

Macy's vice president Frank Julian announced during a press conference at the Tulsa Regional Chamber Tuesday that construction on the the 1.3-million-square-foot facility is expected to begin next spring and shipping orders will start in summer 2015.

The facility is expected to create 1,500 full-time and part-time jobs as well as an additional 1,000 temporary seasonal workers to be hired each year.

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Oklahoma City Development
3:41 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

OGE Energy To Anchor Oklahoma City High-Rise

The corner of Sheridan and Hudson Aves. in downtown Oklahoma CIty under the conceptual master plan unveiled today.
Credit Provided / Kestrel Investments, Inc.

The developer of a planned 14- to 16- story high-rise in downtown Oklahoma City says OGE Energy Corp. will be the anchor tenant of the building that will replace a downtown theater complex known as Stage Center.

Kestrel Investments announced Tuesday that it will ask the Downtown Design Review Committee for a demolition permit on the 3.15-acre property where it will build the tower.

Kestrel's plans include multi-level parking and leased space for retail, restaurants and other businesses in addition to OGE Energy.

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Federal Prison
1:48 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

UPDATE: Feds Move Bulger To Oklahoma Prison Facility

James "Whitey" Bulger
Credit U.S. Marshals Service

Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger has been moved to a federal prison in Oklahoma.

A federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman says the 84-year-old Boston gangster has been transferred to FTC Oklahoma City, which houses inmates as they are moved between prisons.

Tulsa County First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond said Tuesday his office didn't know Bulger was being sent to Oklahoma and that he isn't aware of a connection to any possible prosecution.

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World Views
12:10 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Communication, Cooperation Key To Water Issues In Africa And Asia

Villagers gather drinking water in Sof Omer, Ethiopia.
Credit Rod Waddington / Flickr Creative Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Feleke Zewge, Pawan Labhasetwar, and Derek Chitwood

Despite radically different cultures, climate, geography, and levels of government involvement in improving the lives of its citizens, Ethiopia, India, and China all face similar water issues.

KGOU’s World Views host and the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies Suzette Grillot recently gathered three engineers together for a conversation about water, sanitation, and hygiene concerns in their respective countries of expertise.

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State Capitol
11:33 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Shoots Down Income Tax Cut

Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa), and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) announce their tax cut proposal in the Blue Room of the State Capitol - April 23, 2013.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a bill passed last session to cut the state's personal income tax and provide $120 million for repairs to the Capitol is unconstitutional.

In a unanimous decision released Tuesday, the court ruled the bill violated the state constitution's ban on logrolling, or including multiple subjects in a single bill.

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School Shelters
9:10 am
Tue December 17, 2013

School Shelter Supporters Short On Signatures

Petitions are completed Monday evening for the Take Shelter Oklahoma organization. The group says it does not have enough signatures to put its petition on the ballot.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Listen to KGOU's in-depth report on the petition drive for Take Shelter Oklahoma.

Supporters of a planned state question for a $500 million state bond issue to help pay for school storm shelters say they are about 40,000 signatures short of what they need to place the question on the ballot.

Take Shelter Oklahoma steering committee member Mark Nestlen said Monday the group has collected about 120,000 signatures. To place the question on the ballot, the group needs signatures from more than 155,000 registered voters.

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Travel
9:06 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Holiday Driving Numbers Up In Oklahoma

More Oklahomans are expected to drive to their year-end holiday destinations in 2013.
Credit timo_w2s / Flickr Creative Commons

A record number of Oklahomans are expected to hit the roads and the skies during the end-of-the-year holiday season.

AAA Oklahoma says 862,000 Oklahomans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the last two weeks of December.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai says the number of Oklahoma travelers marks a 1 percent increase over last year's numbers.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:17 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Why We Need Grandpas And Grandmas (Part 1)

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 4:55 pm

Oldsters, it turns out, matter. They matter a lot. And not just in human families. I've been reading a new book called The Once and Future World, by J. B. MacKinnon, which points out that when we humans hunt game, when we fish the sea, we often prize the biggest animals because they have the biggest tusks, or the most protein, so they're the ones we kill first.

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The Two-Way
7:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes Key Test In Senate

It may seem to some like a holiday miracle, but the Senate moved ahead on a bipartisan budget plan Tuesday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:09 pm

Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET: Moving Ahead:

The Senate voted 67 to 33 on Tuesday to move forward on the two-year, bipartisan budget plan that restores some of the automatic spending cuts of recent years, trims spending in other areas and appears to have put on hold until 2015 the bitter battles that led to this year's partial government shutdown.

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