10:17 am
Mon June 2, 2014

76-Year-Old Grove Man Identified As Heartland Virus Victim

The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)
Credit Division of Vector Borne Infectious Diseases / U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A U.S. army veteran whose family said he was otherwise healthy was identified as the first Oklahoma victim of the Heartland virus.

Family members confirmed to the Tulsa World that 76-year-old Jerry Lee Mitzer was the second person to die nationally after complications from the virus. The Grove man died May 21.

Mitzner, who normally rose for the day at 4:30 a.m. and worked long hours at his lawn service, was unusually fatigued, [his daughter Melissa] Crowther said.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

2011 Joplin Tornado Served As Wake Up Call For School Officials

Irving Elementary School in Joplin, Mo. is one of several public school buildings damaged or destroyed by a 2011 tornado. Since the storm hit on Sunday, no one was inside the buildings.
Credit Gail Banzet-Ellis

Two years ago, a violent tornado hit Joplin, Mo. at a time when children were not in their classrooms. If the day and time had been different, that community could have become known for students killed by a storm, instead of Moore, Okla.

That near miss caused officials with the Joplin schools to look at storm shelters in a new light.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:03 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Top Business Stories: Homeless Count, Courting Cabela's

Dan Straughan, right, executive director of the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance, fields questions after presenting the results of an annual survey of the city’s homeless population at United Way headquarters in Oklahoma City on Friday.
Credit Samuel Perry/The Journal Record

The number of homeless people in Oklahoma City appears to be falling, but advocates say they could help more people find a place to live, if they had more workers to help.

A recent survey found about 1,400 homeless people in Oklahoma City. That’s about 380 people less than last year.

The Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance said that it has enough housing for 10 people each month. But it only has enough caseworkers to help two people a month manage the change.

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Take Shelter Oklahoma Effort Begins This Wednesday
11:37 am
Sun June 1, 2014

New Petition Planned For Oklahoma School Shelters

Take Shelter Oklahoma counting petitions the first time they attempted to start a ballot initiative to fund school shelters.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

It's been a little more than a year since seven Oklahoma children were killed when massive tornado destroyed their school.

But their families and other advocates are no closer to the goal of building storm shelters in every Oklahoma public school.

Organizers this week will begin circulating their second initiative petition calling for a statewide vote to fund the construction after abandoning the first one because of significant changes made by the Oklahoma attorney general's office.

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Heading Toward Tahlequah
9:41 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Cherokee Members Retracing Trail Of Tears

Trail of Tears Marker

Nineteen Cherokee Indians are set to begin a 950-mile bicycle ride as part of the annual "Remember the Removal" ride commemorating the forced removal of Cherokees from the southeastern United States to what is now Oklahoma.

Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and members of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who are making the ride gathered Friday in Cherokee, North Carolina, before leaving for Georgia for the start of the journey on Sunday.

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Clinic In Tulsa To Remain Open
9:20 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Prediction: Two Of Three Abortion Clinics To Close

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says two of Oklahoma's three abortion providers could be shut down under a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Mary Fallin. The measure takes effect November 1.

The new law requires clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion if performed.  Planned parenthood says Reproduction Services in Tulsa is the only abortion provider in the state that meets the requirement.

Planned Parenthood staff attorney Tamya Cox tells the Tulsa World that abortion providers in Oklahoma City and Norman don't currently have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, as required under the new law.

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Thunder Lose in Overtime
8:20 am
Sun June 1, 2014

OKC Thunder Out of the Playoffs

Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
Credit Ben Tebbens / Flickr Creative Commons

The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-107 in overtime on Saturday night. The Thunder out-scored the Spurs in the fourth quarter 32-22 to tie the game at the end of regular play, but the Spurs topped the Thunder 11 points to 6 in overtime to clinch the win.

For the Thunder, Russell Westbrook had 34 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals.  Kevin Durant added 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder. Oklahoma City overcame a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Take KGOU With You Wherever You Go!

KGOU's mobile web site on Karen's phone.
Credit KGOU/Laura Knoll

June 1, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I’m touring KGOU’s services in digital spaces.  Start with the web page at KGOU!  Of course the local news and programs from KGOU are there, plus NPR news, but the Calendar section of local non-profit events is amazing. 

There is an easy way to view the site on your mobile phone or tablet, and an RSS feed for each of KGOU’s regular features.  Stay here and look around, bookmark the site, subscribe to the RSS feeds, listen to the live stream, and make a donation.

KGOU also maintains Facebook pages for KGOU News, the Weekend Blues, and Indian Times, and Twitter feeds for KGOU News and World Views.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:43 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

To Get Permit In Earthquake Zone, Disposal Well Operator Agrees To Extra Monitoring

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

An oil company seeking to build a disposal well in earthquake-prone Logan County has agreed to record additional pressure and volume measurements to get a permit from the state’s oil and gas regulator.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday voted 2-0 to approve the disposal well for Kansas-based Slawson Exploration. Commissioner Dana Murphy abstained from the vote “saying she wanted to wait until more seismic data was available,” The Oklahoman‘s Paul Monies reports:

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State Capitol
5:02 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Pension Overhaul Bill

American Advisors Group Flickr Creative Commons

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed legislation that ends the traditional pension retirement system for newly hired state employees in favor of a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

Fallin signed the measure into law on Friday. The bill moves future state employees from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution plan similar to private sector plans.

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