Kurt Gwartney http://kgou.org en Severe Storms Forecast For Oklahoma Tuesday http://kgou.org/post/severe-storms-forecast-oklahoma-tuesday <p>Oklahomans are facing their first significant risk for tornadoes of the spring storm season. The National Weather Service says the potential for severe thunderstorms increases Tuesday afternoon. If storms develop they are likely to be severe.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the storms will be fairly isolated, forecasters say conditions for severe weather will become more favorable through the day. What the weather service calls “significant severe storms” are possible mainly between 4-10 p.m.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:18:13 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 26442 at http://kgou.org Severe Storms Forecast For Oklahoma Tuesday House Panel Approves Bill To Change Oklahoma Abortion Provider Regulations http://kgou.org/post/house-panel-approves-bill-change-oklahoma-abortion-provider-regulations <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;An&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;House committee has approved <a href="http://bit.ly/1fLRQk9">legislation</a> to require the state Board of Health to establish standards for abortion providers and clinics, including standards for equipment and supplies that might be needed in a medical emergency.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:02:16 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 26441 at http://kgou.org House Panel Approves Bill To Change Oklahoma Abortion Provider Regulations Oklahoma Teachers Rally At Capitol For Funding http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-teachers-rally-capitol-funding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Before the rally started outside, Oklahoma Secretary of Education and Workforce Development <a href="http://www.okcareertech.org/about/state-agency/state-director">Robert Sommers</a> stayed inside the building to say the administration supports the need for more cash in the classroom.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Last year the governor signed into a law a budget that delivered over $120 million in new education funding, the bulk of which was for common education," </span>Sommers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says.</span></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:36:42 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Associated Press 26286 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Teachers Rally At Capitol For Funding Inhofe, Lucas, Fallin Not Pleased With Prairie Chicken Move http://kgou.org/post/inhofe-lucas-fallin-not-pleased-prairie-chicken-move <p></p><p>Oklahoma politicians have been quick to respond to news that the <a href="http://www.fws.gov/">U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service</a> has decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.</p><p>The Obama administration announced Thursday it is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species. The move could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in Oklahoma and four other central and southwestern states.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:03:00 +0000 Associated Press & Kurt Gwartney & KGOU Staff 26127 at http://kgou.org Inhofe, Lucas, Fallin Not Pleased With Prairie Chicken Move Support For Common Core Waning At State Capitol http://kgou.org/post/support-common-core-waning-state-capitol <p></p><p>Strong backers of the education standards originally created by the <a href="http://www.nga.org/cms/home.html">National Governors Association</a>, including its current chair, <a href="http://ok.gov/governor">Gov. Mary Fallin</a> (R-Okla.), are distancing themselves from the reform.</p><p>House Minority Leader <a href="http://www.okhouse.gov/District.aspx?District=94">Scott Inman</a> blames Fallin for failing to lead on the issue.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:45:59 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 26124 at http://kgou.org Support For Common Core Waning At State Capitol Canadian County Tops Oklahoma Population Growth http://kgou.org/post/canadian-county-tops-oklahoma-population-growth <p>The fastest growing county in Oklahoma is Canadian County. The U.S. Census Bureau released its latest estimates of population growth in Oklahoma this week, showing the county in the west part of the Oklahoma City metro saw its population increase by 9.2 percent between April 2010 and July 2013.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The counties next in line for growth were outside of the state's metro areas, with Texas County in the Oklahoma panhandle showing a 7 percent increase.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:07:35 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 26052 at http://kgou.org Canadian County Tops Oklahoma Population Growth Immigration Inspiration: Oklahoma Novel Framed By Controversial 2007 Law http://kgou.org/post/immigration-inspiration-oklahoma-novel-framed-controversial-2007-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2007,&nbsp;</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Brad Henry signed some of the country’s strictest anti-immigration legislation into law.</span></p><p><a href="http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2007-08HB/HB1804_int.rtf">House Bill 1804</a>&nbsp;by state Rep. Randy&nbsp;Terrill&nbsp;(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.</p><p>Seven years later, the controversial law and its effect on&nbsp;<em>people&nbsp;</em>form the basis for Oklahoma native&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rillaaskew.com/">Rilla&nbsp;Askew’s</a>&nbsp;fourth novel&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kind-Kin-Rilla-Askew/dp/0062198793/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_har?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1370620224&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=rilla+askew">Kind of Kin</a>, </em>now out in paperback.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Brian Hardzinski 25801 at http://kgou.org Immigration Inspiration: Oklahoma Novel Framed By Controversial 2007 Law Senate Panel: No Common Core Standards For Oklahoma Schools http://kgou.org/post/senate-panel-no-common-core-standards-oklahoma-schools <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A state Senate committee has passed legislation that would limit federal control over so-called Common Core standards for math and English instruction in&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma's</font>&nbsp;public schools.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:51:32 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Associated Press 25804 at http://kgou.org Senate Panel: No Common Core Standards For Oklahoma Schools Moore Approves Tornado Resistant Building Codes http://kgou.org/post/moore-approves-tornado-resistant-building-codes <p>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.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:31:31 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 25409 at http://kgou.org Moore Approves Tornado Resistant Building Codes Ralph Ellison Portrait Unveiled Thursday http://kgou.org/post/ralph-ellison-portrait-unveiled-thursday <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">One of the state's most famous writers is the latest Oklahoman to be honored with a portrait at the state Capitol.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:15:21 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Associated Press 24614 at http://kgou.org Ralph Ellison Portrait Unveiled Thursday