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Indian Times
9:27 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Elementary School Alternative To Land Run Reenactments Offers More Sides Of The Story

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Sara Adams Cornell has two daughters in the Oklahoma City school district. Last year her daughters participated in a reenactment of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

As members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Cornell said her daughters didn’t understand why anyone would want to reenact that occasion. Cornell contacted the school and was told by her daughter’s teacher and the school principal they could sit in the office or miss a day of school with an unexcused absence.

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police corruption scandal nullified testimony
6:14 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Judge Orders Release Of Man After 17 Years In Prison

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A federal judge has ordered the release of a man who spent 17 years in federal prison for a drug manufacturing conviction.

The Tulsa World reports that U.S. District Judge James Payne ruled Friday that the conviction of 53-year-old Jeffrey Dan Williams should be dropped.

Williams was convicted in 1997 of methamphetamine possession and firearm charges and sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison.

Williams initially pleaded innocent, later changed his plea to guilty and has since tried to change it back, saying he was coerced.

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20 year anniversary next year
4:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

$7 Million Upgrade for OKC National Memorial and Museum

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A memorial and museum about the Oklahoma City bombing is in the midst of a $7 million upgrade ahead of the 20-year anniversary of the attack in hopes of better portraying to visitors how different the world was at the time.

With the 19th anniversary Saturday of worst act of domestic terrorism on American soil, officials at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum say too many patrons, especially younger ones, don't realize that the days of constant cellphone contact and instant information developed since then.

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World Views
4:11 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Devastation Of Syria's Culture And Antiquities 'The Price Of War'

Smoke emerges from the castle at Krak des Chavaliers in Syria - August 18, 2013.
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Last month the Syrian Arab Army recaptured the Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, which was reportedly damaged during air strikes in 2013.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has expressed concern since the civil war began that the conflict could be devastating to the country’s important cultural sites.

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World Views
3:40 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Putin – Peter The Great Redux, Or A Modern-Day James Monroe?

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Annual Meeting 2009 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2009.
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After hours of negotiations Thursday, top diplomats from the United States, Europe, and Russia agreed to halt any violence, intimidation or provocative actions in Ukraine.

University of Oklahoma historian Joshua Landis, a regular contributor to KGOU’s World Views, says a Ukrainian use of military force could provoke a Russian counterattack, but Putin still has his eye on Eastern provinces.

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World Views
2:38 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

If Middle East Peace Isn’t Possible, Acceptance Might Be The Next Best Thing

President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 20, 2013.
Pete Souza The White House

Israel’s nuclear capabilities and its relationship with the United States can be controversial and problematic during Middle East negotiations, but Zaki Shalom, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies and a researcher at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the study of Israel and Zionism, says Israel is an example of stability and development in the region.

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State Capitol
9:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Top House Democrat: No Time For Tax Cut In Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) speaking to reporters Thursday.
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The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says critical state education and transportation needs coupled with declining tax revenue means the timing is not right to pass an income tax cut this year.

House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) made the comments shortly after the House adjourned Thursday. Proposals to reduce the state's 5.25 percent top income tax rate by a quarter of a percentage point once revenues improve are expected to be considered by the Legislature next week.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:45 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Is Oklahoma Backing Off The Accountability Push For Public Schools?

Lee Elementary School pre-kindergarten teacher Victoria Tsaras gets active with her students, dancing to “What Does the Fox Say?”
Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch

One by one, K-12 education reforms passed in previous years by Oklahoma lawmakers are being targeted for weakening or repeal.

Among them: Common Core State Standards, the Reading Sufficiency Act, A-F school grades for districts, and middle-school end-of-instruction exams for history and social studies. These could all be scaled back or revoked by various legislative bills that have passed in both the House and Senate.

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Music & Memories
6:38 am
Fri April 18, 2014

JFJO Celebrates 20 Years Of Experimental Jazz Odyssey

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (Brian Haas - left, Chris Combs - center, Josh Raymer - right)
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Brian Haas has his own theory of relativity: Spending so much of his life in a van over the past twenty years has actually “folded time and space.” 

“I’ve been moving faster and getting closer to the speed of light, which means time has been going by quicker, right?” Haas says.

2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a band Haas took under his wing while attending the University of Tulsa. 

“I really just wanted to learn how to play jazz,” Haas says. “And then it just took on a life of its own.”

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State Capitol
5:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State House Takes Strong Stand Against Human Trafficking

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Three bills intended to toughen Oklahoma's human trafficking laws have been approved by the state House.

House members voted without opposition for a bill by Republican Rep. Pam Peterson of Tulsa that ensures provisions of the Sex Offender Registration Act apply to people convicted of human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Another bill by Peterson adds human trafficking to the list of crimes requiring those convicted to serve 85 percent of their time before being eligible for parole.

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