Politics and Government http://kgou.org en Fallin Sends Letter To President Complaining Of Costs To Taxpayers http://kgou.org/post/fallin-sends-letter-president-complaining-costs-taxpayers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. Mary Fallin is complaining to federal officials about the potential cost to&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;from unaccompanied immigrant minors who are released from a temporary shelter at Fort Sill and placed with sponsors in the state.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:59:35 +0000 Associated Press 34316 at http://kgou.org Fallin Sends Letter To President Complaining Of Costs To Taxpayers National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants http://kgou.org/post/national-park-service-awards-historic-preservation-grants <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The National Park Service has awarded historic preservation grants to four American Indian tribes in&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">NPS director Jonathan Jarvis says the grants will help America's first people preserve significant tribal places, cultures and tradition.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:15:59 +0000 Associated Press 34311 at http://kgou.org National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill http://kgou.org/post/after-5-weeks-haggling-congress-inks-bipartisan-va-bill <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=After+5+Weeks+Of+Haggling%2C+Congress+Inks+Bipartisan+VA+Bill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 34303 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: Dilemma For Storm Victims - Accept Or Reject Disaster Loans? http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-dilemma-storm-victims-accept-or-reject-disaster-loans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tornadoes, flooding and hail that struck Oklahoma last year left hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, causing many home and business owners to seek help in the form of low-interest federal loans.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Small Business Administration approved 929 applications for about $50 million in low-interest disaster loans for people, businesses and nonprofits, according to SBA data acquired for </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Oklahoma Watch</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by the nonprofit group, Investigative Reporters and Editors.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Most applicants, 599, took out the loans, but often for much less than what was offered, SBA figures show.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The total amount loaned by the SBA was $21 million, or 42 percent of the approved total amount. All but 52 of the 929 applications were from individuals</span><strike style="line-height: 1.5;">.</strike><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> About half of the total amount approved was for applicants in Oklahoma City and Moore, which took the brunt of the damage from the May 20 and May 31, 2013, storms.</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">S<a href="http://kgou.org/node/34245/edit" target="_blank">ee a list of approved disaster loans for each city in Oklahoma</a>, of which only 42% were actually used.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The purpose of the disaster-loan program is help owners recover from physical damage and, in the case of businesses, from economic harm.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock & Nate Robson 34236 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: Dilemma For Storm Victims - Accept Or Reject Disaster Loans? Auditing The Storm: Approved Disaster Loans By City -- But Not Necessarily Taken http://kgou.org/post/auditing-storm-approved-disaster-loans-city-not-necessarily-taken <p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:25:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & The Oklahoma Tornado Project 34245 at http://kgou.org Auditing The Storm: Approved Disaster Loans By City -- But Not Necessarily Taken When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution http://kgou.org/post/when-did-companies-become-people-excavating-legal-evolution Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 34251 at http://kgou.org When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System http://kgou.org/post/week-politics-progress-upgrading-va-health-system <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+Week+In+Politics%3A+Progress+On+Upgrading+VA+Health+System&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Congress is heading into its last week before taking a summer recess. For a change, lawmakers are not racing the clock to overt a fiscal calamity. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ron Elving 34257 at http://kgou.org Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill http://kgou.org/post/time-running-short-congress-agree-border-bill Congress is set to disband later this week for a summer break stretching past Labor Day. That leaves lawmakers only a few more days to act on an urgent request from President Obama.<p>The president wants nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the tens of thousands of children from Central America who've been illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 David Welna 34215 at http://kgou.org Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill Con Artists Steal Migrant Children Information http://kgou.org/post/con-artists-steal-migrant-children-information <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 15.9375px;">The FBI is investigating how con artists were able to obtain confidential information about unaccompanied child immigrants being held in Texas and elsewhere as part of a scam netting the swindlers thousands of dollars.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:37:31 +0000 Associated Press 34196 at http://kgou.org Con Artists Steal Migrant Children Information Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice? http://kgou.org/post/congress-leaves-town-next-week-will-anyone-notice <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Congress+Leaves+Town+Next+Week%2C+But+Will+Anyone+Notice%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The U.S. Congress will go on vacation in a week. Some people might ask how will we be able to tell? NPR's senior Washington correspondent, Ron Elving, joins us in our studios. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 34186 at http://kgou.org