Death Toll At 58
4:47 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Five More Deaths Due To Flu

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The Oklahoma Department of Health says there were five more deaths during the past week due to the flu.

The department reported Thursday that the death toll now stands at 58 due to the virus during the flu season that began in late September. Nearly 1,250 others have been hospitalized due to the flu.

The previous record of 46 flu-related deaths in 2009, the year state health officials began tracking the statistic, was broken in February.

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NPR Ombudsman
3:27 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Ethics, Morality And A Ticking Clock For How To Report On The R**skins

The logo of the Change the Mascot campaign.
ChangeTheMascot.org

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:41 pm

When Scott Simon, the host of Weekend Edition, referred to the Washington Redskins as "the Washington football club whose team name I refuse to utter," the divided reaction by listeners crystallized a creeping ethical and moral dilemma for NPR and all the mainstream media.

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Oklahoma News
12:52 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Oklahoma Teens Plead Not Guilty In Australian's Death

A screenshot from a memorial Facebook page dedicated to 22-year-old Chris Lane.
Credit R.I.P. Christopher Lane / Facebook

Two Oklahoma teenagers charged in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player in Oklahoma have pleaded not guilty and waived their right to a speedy trial.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones and 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna were arraigned Thursday in Stephens County on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 22-year-old Chris Lane.

Judge Joe Enos set a trial docket date of Aug. 18 for both teens

Prosecutors say Lane, from Melbourne, Australia, was gunned down last summer as he jogged in Duncan, about 80 miles south of OklahomaCity.

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The Two-Way
11:39 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Sr. Dies

July 2007: The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. prepares to protest outside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:03 am

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., whose tiny Westboro Baptist Church has protested outside the funerals of fallen soldiers and celebrities to spread its views about homosexuality and abortion, has died, according to news reports. He was 84.

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World Views
11:17 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Why It Could Take Years For Ukraine To Recover From 2014 Power Vacuum

The aftermath of protests in Kiev's Independence Square - February 26, 2014.
Credit Sasha Maksymenko / Flickr Creative Commons

Once the dust settles in Eastern Europe and the dispute over Crimea moves off the front pages of international media, Ukraine still faces a long road trying to right itself from teetering toward becoming a failed state.

Baylor University political scientist Serhiy Kudelia describes the movement as a revolution, rather than a coup, because of its policy-oriented focus and grassroots nature. But he says the inclusion of far-right nationalist representatives in the new government may become problematic.

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OneSix8
10:10 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Wrestling, A Women’s Conference, & More

NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships continue through Saturday.
Credit soonersports.com

The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships come to the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City March 20 – 22.

The event features quarterfinal, semifinal and championship matches for college wrestlers at ten different weight classes. Thirty-three men make up the field for each respective weight class.

Oklahoma State University brings all ten of its starting wrestlers to compete for championship bids. The University of Oklahoma brings eight men.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:34 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Worsening Drought Exposes Host Of Other Problems For Lake Texoma Residents

Lisa Davis (right), founder of the advocacy group Save Lake Texoma, near Rooster Creek Bridge at Lake Texoma State Park.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Listen to Logan Layden's story from the public meeting near Lake Texoma.

At the end of August 2013, Lake Texoma was full of water. But drought, and decisions by state and federal officials have meant a drop in levels. That’s a big problem for Kingston, Okla, a community that depends on lake tourism for its local economy.

The Rooster Creek Bridge has been landmark at Lake Texoma State Park since 1940. Yellow paint covers the metal truss structure that spans the creek as it opens into Oklahoma’s second largest lake.

When the lake’s this low, you can walk right under the bridge, past dusty mussel shells, and out to piles of rock slabs set up as fish habitats. And they’re hard to see, but Bob Jackman says there are elephants in this lake, too.

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Immigration
9:04 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Oklahoma Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Law Changes

A woman shops for Oklahoma peaches at a Bixby store featuring locally produced fruits and vegetables.
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Some Oklahoma farmers are among those joining a national group calling for Congress to make changes to the nation's immigration laws.

The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform released a report Wednesday showing that fresh produce growers often don't have enough labor to expand production.

A peach farmer from Porter and a vegetable grower in Shawnee are joining with officials from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau calling for a more coherent national immigration policy.

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The Two-Way
5:48 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Search For Missing Jet Focuses On Objects Seen Off Australia

This map adds in routes that investigators believe Malaysia Flight 370 might have taken.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:14 pm

This post is being updated.

Satellite images showing objects floating in the Indian Ocean have focused the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the 239 people who were on board to an area about 1,500 miles southwest of Perth, Australia.

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Manager's Desk
8:51 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Crowdfunding KGOU

Crowdfunding
Credit http://www.lendingmemo.com/

I know the term “crowdfunding” is the rage these days and there are a growing number of websites dedicated to helping organizations raise funds.

The Wikipedia reference on crowdfunding says people participate because they like to be partly responsible for the success of the project they are supporting.

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