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Assignment: Radio
12:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

What It Means To "Keep It Local"

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Customers have more choice than ever, with national retailers, local stores, and now internet shopping. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins examines the effects of local shopping in Norman.

The “shop local” movement has gained momentum the last few years. But beyond the hype, past the fad – does shopping local really matter?

Bryce Bandy:  Up to three times as much of the money stays in your community when you spend it with a local and independent business, as opposed to a big box or a franchise.

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Storm Shelters
11:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

High Court Upholds Oklahoma School Shelter Ballot

Petitions are completed in December for the Take Shelter Oklahoma organization. The group needs roughly 155,000 signatures to place the state question on the November ballot.
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a ballot title written by the attorney general's office for an initiative to place storm shelters in Oklahoma public schools is legally correct but gave proponents more time to gather signatures to place the measure on the ballot.

The high court ruled Tuesday that proponents of the initiative petition, State Question 767, have 90 days to collect the signatures needed to get the measure on the election ballot. Supporters need the signatures of about 155,000 registered voters to get on the ballot.

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Assignment: Radio
11:24 am
Tue April 1, 2014

A New Kind Of Classroom

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More than six million higher education students are taking at least one course online, according to a 2011 study by the Babson Survey Research Group. At the University of Oklahoma, approximately 3,000 students are taking advantage of the college’s current online options. Assignment Radio reporter, Molly Evans, spoke with an English major and leaders of OU’s digital initiatives about incorporating online learning into the traditional college experience. A sea of more than 30,000 students floods the University of Oklahoma’s campuses each year.

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Assignment: Radio
11:15 am
Tue April 1, 2014

The Diet Fit For A Caveman

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As the name suggests the Paleo diet takes you back to caveman days, no preservatives, no processed grains and no fast food at all... Assignment Radio's Hayley Thornton explored what it means to go Paleo.

Emily Groff: From my point of view it’s a very  nutritious kind of back to natural way of eating, which is why the certain foods are included and I have read a lot of books and done a lot of research into it, and its really about eating what’s best for your body.

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Oklahoma Facts
9:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

It's No Joke, $1 Fine For Swearing In Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Santa Claus commission is among the facts from a popular Twitter account in the state.
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Did you know that swearing in Oklahoma is punishable by a $1 fine for each offense? Or that the Sooner State has a Santa Claus Commission?

No, it isn't an April Fools' Day prank. All are true facts about the nation's 46th state that are being shared and retweeted on the popular Twitter account @OklahomaFacts. The more obscure the fact, the better.

The account has garnered more than 12,000 followers. Even country music superstar Blake Shelton is a fan.

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Cleveland County
8:34 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Cleveland County Commissioner Denies Request To Resign

Cleveland County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan
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A Cleveland County commissioner says he won't resign despite requests to do so from other commissioners following a report from the state's multicounty grand jury.

Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said Monday he won't step down from his post and that he plans to file for re-election. Last week, a multicounty grand jury report found that Sullivan likely broke state laws for his involvement in a road project, but that the statute of limitations to charge him had expired.

Sullivan was not charged with any crimes.

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Sexual Assualt Awareness
6:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Supports "Wear Teal Day"

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking Oklahomans to participate in the annual "Wear Teal Day" to raise awareness and show support of survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Tuesday event is meant to raise awareness of sexual violence and to help educate the public about prevention

The color teal and the teal ribbon represent awareness about sexual violence.

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Prohibits off-label uses
4:51 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Further Restrictions On Abortion-Inducing Drugs

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A bill to further restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily cleared a Republican-controlled Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 5-1 Monday for the bill, which was written in direct response to a recent state Supreme Court decision.

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Education
1:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Bill Offers Flexibility On Oklahoma Third Grade Reading

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A bill that would offer more flexibility to school districts to promote third graders who may not be reading at grade level has cleared a Senate committee.

The Senate Education Committee voted 11-0 on Monday for the bill, which included several amendments by state Sen. Clark Jolley (R-Edmond)

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Native American
12:40 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

UPDATE: House Panel Approves Plan For Native American Museum

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum near the intersections of I-40 and I-35 in Oklahoma City.
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A plan to take $40 million from the state's Unclaimed Property Fund to pay for the completion of a Native American museum in Oklahoma City has cleared another legislative hurdle.

Members of a House budget subcommittee voted 8-2 on Monday, sending the bill to the full House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

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