State Capitol
9:22 am
Wed March 19, 2014

OU To Respond To Legislative Inquiry Into Nazi Looted Painting

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A representative of the University of Oklahomais scheduled to appear before a state House panel concerning a painting that a French family says was looted by the Nazis during World War II and is part of a campus art exhibit.

Lawmakers will discuss a lawsuit surrounding the 1886 oil painting by Camille Pissarro, entitled "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep," at Wednesday's meeting of the House Government Modernization and Accountability Committee.

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Parallels
6:35 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier

Dob Cunningham (right) and his friend Larry Johnson stand on the edge of Cunningham's 800-acre ranch in Quemado, Texas, which touches the Rio Grande. On the other side, Mexico.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:42 pm

My colleagues and I drove 2,428 miles and remained in the same place.

We gathered a team, rented a car, checked the batteries in our recorders and cameras. We moved from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. We crossed deserts, plains and mountains. But all the while, we were living in Borderland — zigzagging across the frontier between Mexico and the United States.

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All Tech Considered
3:57 am
Wed March 19, 2014

For Pro Sports, Public Relations Going High-Tech, Real Time

In the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center, 13 46-inch TV screens display charts, tweets and live races.
Michael Tomsic WFAE

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 9:28 am

Gone are the days of waiting for angry letters.

Social media allows the NFL, NASCAR and other pro sports leagues to hear from fans in real time. And that feedback has become so important, leagues have built what are essentially social media command centers to monitor trends and engage directly with fans.

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Sits at crossroads of I35 and I40
6:17 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lawmakers Tour Unfinished Museum

Credit American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

Oklahoma lawmakers have toured the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center & Museum in Oklahoma City as administrators urge passage of legislation to provide funding to complete the structure.

More than a dozen members of the House and Senate walked through the incomplete building Tuesday as museum director Blake Wade urged passage of the $40 million funding measure.

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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.
Christian Gooden MCT/Landov

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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