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2:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Documentary Revisits Anita Hill’s Testimony

In 1991, Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the hearings to confirm Clarence Thomas as an associate Supreme Court justice.

Now, the new film Anita revisits those hearings, the passions it provoked, and the long lasting impact of Anita Hill’s testimony.

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Death Penalty
12:28 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Oklahoma Lacks Drugs To Carry Out Thursday Execution

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla., home to the state's death row.
Credit duggar11

Oklahoma's attorney general says the state does not have all of the lethal drugs necessary to carry out an execution set for Thursday.

Despite the drug shortage, state lawyers are fighting an attempt by two inmates to delay their executions while they seek more information about Oklahoma's execution procedures.

The state says it is still working to obtain execution drugs and will change protocols if necessary to execute Clayton Lockett this Thursday.

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Oklahoma Watch
11:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

OKC, Tulsa Superintendents Weigh In On Read-Or-Fail Law, Common Core, The Arts

Keith Ballard, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools, and Dave Lopez, interm superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, answer questions from the audience on a range of education issues at an Oklahoma Watch-Out forum on March 6.
Credit Carmen Forman / Oklahoma Watch

Third-grade reading, new education standards, teacher pay and the arts were among key issues addressed by superintendents from Oklahoma’s two largest public school systems during an education forum last week.

Dave Lopez, interim superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, and Keith Ballard, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools, fielded questions from an audience of more than 50 during the forum, held at Kamp’s 1910 Café in Oklahoma City. The forum was sponsored by Oklahoma Watch, a nonprofit journalism organization.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Sounding The Social Media Alarm During Severe Weather

Harold Brooks, Rick Smith and Michelann Ooten speak about storm safety at The Oklahoma Tornado Project's March 12, 2014 forum.
Credit Kate Carlton / Oklahoma Tornado Project

With tornado season approaching, many Oklahomans will turn to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of the latest hazards. 

Use of these outlets explodes during severe weather outbreaks, as people try to disseminate information, share pictures and update each other on the course of the storm. But despite their ability to quickly deliver breaking news, social media can often contribute to spreading outdated information. 

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Indian Times
5:16 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Caddo Nation, The NCAI And The Festival Of The Four Winds On Indian Times

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Caddo Nation Swears In New Chairman Amidst Protest

The Native American Times newspaper reports the Caddo Nation has sworn in a new chairman, Anthony Cotter, despite the claim from Brenda Edwards, via the tribe’s website, that she is the chairman of the Caddo Nation.

With two factions claiming to lead the 5,500 citizens of the Caddo Nation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has called the tribe a “high risk contractor/grantee” at the end of last year.

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Struck the engine
6:15 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Birds Force Plane Back To Tulsa International Airport

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A flight from Tulsa, Okla., to Dallas was forced to turn around after the plane apparently struck one or more birds.

The American Airlines jet returned to Tulsa International Airport on Friday morning after the captain declared an emergency shortly after takeoff.

American Airlines spokesman Kent Powell says Flight 1491 was bound for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He says it headed back to Tulsa shortly after takeoff around 10:30 a.m.

Powell says the Boeing 757 carried 185 passengers and a crew of seven.

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Says it's only 1 percent of student's time
3:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Superintendent Barresi Defending Number Of Tests Students Take

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Oklahoma Superintendent Janet Barresi is defending the number of tests that Oklahoma students must take, which she says accounts for less than 1 percent of a student's time during a school year.

In her weekly column on Friday, Barresi says that while she agrees teachers and students should spend less time worrying about tests, she wanted to "clear up some myths."

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World Views
1:59 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Landis: On Syria Anniversary, Very Little To Be Optimistic About

A crowd gathers outside London's National Gallery in Trafalgar Square Thursday for a vigil to mark the third anniversary of the start of Syria's civil war.
Credit Andy Armstrong / Flickr Creative Commons

This weekend marks three years since the first mass protests in Damascus, Aleppo, and Daraa lit kindling of unrest in Syria that eventually ignited a full-scale civil war.

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and the author of the widely-read blog Syria Comment, says countries in the region and the United States now view the Syrian crisis as a counterterrorism problem.

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World Views
12:50 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

To Understand Russia's Interest In Crimea, Start With Catherine The Great

Allegory of Catherine the Great’s Victory over the Turks and Tatars
Credit Stefano Torelli, 1772, Oil On Canvas / Wikimedia Commons

Talks in London about Ukraine between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up Friday, but the country’s top two diplomats say there’s “no common” vision between Russia and the United States.

“It’s not just about power and access to the base,” says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “Historically, there’s much more to this story.”

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State Capitol
10:14 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Oklahoma House's No. 2 Not Seeking Re-election

State Rep. Mike Jackson (R-Enid)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

An Enid Republican who currently serves as the Number 2 leader in the Oklahoma House of Representatives says he won't run for another term in office.

Representative Mike Jackson said Thursday the current term will be his last representing House District 40.

Jackson currently serves as the Speaker Pro Tem, the Number 2 leadership position in the House. He lost the race to become speaker of the House earlier this session to Representative Jeff Hickman of Fairview. The two men were seeking to replace former Speaker T.W. Shannon, who resigned as he runs for U.S. Senate.

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