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9:40 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Iran And India: Two Countries Separated By A Common Language

A Persian astronomical and astrological manuscript from the 17th century
Nina Aldin Thune

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, nationalism and colonialism created fixed borders between societies that otherwise shared common ethnic backgrounds, language, and culture.

If you separate the world by regions, India and Iran don’t initially appear to have much in common. But in the 1960s, University of Chicago historian Marshall Hodgson introduced the concept of Persianate society – arguing that in the pre-modern world, Iranians, the Ottoman Empire, the South Asian Indian Mogul empire, and even Central Asians all spoke Persian.

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Oklahoma News
8:49 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Geese Blamed For High Bacteria At Grand Lake

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Officials say geese are the suspected culprits in the elevated levels of E.coli that's shut down a swimming area of Grand Lake State Park in northeastern Oklahoma.

The Grand River Dam Authority says testing shows that the high levels of bacteria found at the Grand Lake State Park swimming area at Bernice contained DNA from geese and possibly another avian source. The testing excluded humans or cattle as the source of the bacteria.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:27 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Norman’s Choice: Wastewater Reuse Or Reliance On Oklahoma City’s Pipelines

Lake Thunderbird, near Norman, Okla., in June 2013.
Kristina And David Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma’s third largest city is at a water crossroads.

Norman is updating its strategic water supply plan to make sure it has enough to meet growing demand over the next 50 years. And the city council’s choice is between reliance on Oklahoma City and water from southeast Oklahoma, or reusing its own wastewater.

After two years of study and public input, more than a dozen plans were narrowed down to two, portfolio 14 and portfolio 13.

Portfolio 14

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Elections
7:15 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Early Primary Voting Begins Thursday In Oklahoma

Early primary voting is Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but polls are not open on Monday before Tuesday's primary election.
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Polls are opening at county election boards across the state for the first of three days of early voting ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, voters can cast their ballots for several races, including Democratic and Republican primaries in the race for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat. Only Republicans and Democrats can vote in primaries in Oklahoma.

Early voting will continue at county election boards from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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Guthrie residents can pick soil up saturday
5:27 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Leftover Paper And Food Trash From Concert Turned Into Fertile Soil

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Food waste and paper products left over from thousands of concert-goes who attended a Gentlemen of the Road concert stop in Guthrie last fall have been composted and the soil will be offered to residents for gardening.

More than 30,000 people attended the September tour stop featuring Mumford & Sons. The crowd quadrupled the size of the small Oklahoma town of about 10,000 residents and produced more than 24 tons of food waste and left over paper products. More than 18.5 tons were recycled while more than 5.5 tons were composted.

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could be approximately $3 million per month
3:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Housing Illegal Immigrant Children May Boost Lawton Economy

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Officials in Lawton say the temporary housing of hundreds of immigrant children at Fort Sill and the influx of workers to take care of them could infuse millions of dollars into the local economy.

Administration for Children and Families spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said 524 children were being held at Fort Sill on Wednesday. The children are mostly teenagers from Central America. They are among the more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors taken into custody at the border since October.

Wolfe said federal staff and contract workers are at the facility.

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Marijuana Legalization
1:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Republican Challengers Bring Drug Stance Into Governor's Race

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A Republican with nearly a quarter century in political office who has never lost an election, Gov. Mary Fallin, faces two lesser-known opponents in next week's GOP primary who have made their support of marijuana legalization an issue in the campaign.

Criminal defense attorney Chad Moody is known around Oklahoma City as "The Drug Lawyer," while computer network operator Dax Ewbank is a libertarian leaning Republican and father of seven from Guthrie. Both say they support the full legalization of cannabis.

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Primary Elections
8:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Barresi Loans Campaign $910,000 In Personal Funds Last Month

State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch

The most recent campaign finance reports show State Superintendent Janet Barresi loaned her reelection campaign nearly $1 million in personal funds last month. Barresi's campaign manager told The Oklahoman's Nolan Clay the loans are necessary to counter negative attacks by her opponents.

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Oklahoma News
7:34 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Wake-And-'Quake: Oklahoma Residents Rise To More Temblors

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More earthquakes have rattled the central Oklahoma area.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the first earthquake occurred at about 2 a.m. Wednesday near Langston. That quake had a preliminary magnitude of 3.0 and was 3.1 miles deep. A second earthquake, this time with a 2.7 magnitude, was recorded at 5:30 a.m. near Edmond.

The USGS says a third earthquake struck about 20 minutes later. That quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 and was centered 5 miles north of Spencer.

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44% Of Association Members Operate In Oklahoma
8:13 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Company Man: Oil and Gas Energy Rep Says Industry Understands Quake Concerns

Alex Mills is president of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers.
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Alex Mills is a company man. He heads the largest state oil and gas association in the United States. He’s based in Wichita Falls, 90 minutes northwest of the Azle-Reno area, where a series of earthquakes hit six months ago. This story is part of our series on “What’s Behind the North Texas Quakes?”

As president of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, Alex Mills represents businesses in nearly 30 states. In a weekly column, he wrote that hydraulic fracturing has become a focal point of attack for many environmental groups that want to deter or ban oil and natural gas production.

“The issue with hydraulic fracturing is not really an issue,” Mills said. “Because hydraulic fracturing is a process that has proven to be safe and reliable to get hydro-carbons out of the ground, oil and natural gas.”

He says officials from a number of federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, agree that fracturing is safe.

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