Wants to capture OKC's "vibrant energy"
6:15 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Feature Film To Begin Shooting In Oklahoma City

Actor Michael Ironside
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Principal photography is set to start this weekend across Oklahoma City on a feature film about a financial adviser who loses his wife and his memory during a random shooting.

The psychological thriller "Element" will start shooting Saturday. The shoot is expected to take 16 days and will feature locations around Oklahoma's capital, including Paramount Cafe, Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse and the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City.

The film stars Michael Ironside, who is known for his roles in "Top Gun" and "Total Recall."

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DOC director pleasantly "surprised"
4:23 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Tulsa Country Sheriff Drops Lawsuit Against State Department Of Corrections

Sheriff Stanley Glanz
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff's Department

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz says he's dropping his lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections.

Glanz had filed the lawsuit last year — asking the court to order the corrections department to take state inmates that were being held in the Tulsa Jail.

Glanz told the Tulsa World that under new DOC director Robert Patton, state inmates are being moved out of the jail quickly.

Patton called the dismissal of the lawsuit "a pleasant surprise.


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World Views
1:22 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

SLIDESHOW: On The Road – The Forgotten Anniversary Of World War II

The American Cemetery in Florence where more than 4,000 soldiers were laid to rest after World War II.
Suzette Grillot KGOU

President Obama and other world leaders paused Friday to somberly mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France. But like in 1944, the D-Day anniversary overshadows another important milestone in World War II history – the June 1944 fall of Rome.

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Oklahoma Watch
10:26 am
Fri June 6, 2014

What Will Repeal Of Common Core Standards Mean For Your Child?

Gov. Mary Fallin and State Superintendent Janet Barresi read to students at the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library in Oklahoma City in 2013.
Oklahoma State Department of Education

Oklahoma became the third state in the nation Thursday to move away from the Common Core academic standards.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill that repeals the controversial standards and gives Oklahoma two years to craft replacement standards in math and English. She follows South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who signed a similar bill May 30. Indiana dropped Common Core earlier this year.

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Illegal Immigration
8:58 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Cole: Fort Sill Not The Place To House Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants

Infantry barracks at Fort Sill, Okla.
Credit U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Homeland Security expects as many as 60,000 unaccompanied child immigrants will illegally enter the United States in the coming year.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole says he's disappointed Fort Sill will house about 600 of those unaccompanied minors. The six-term Republican's Fourth Congressional District includes the Lawton military installation.

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6:02 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Common Core Education Standards Repealed

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Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to repeal the Common Core education standards, getting rid of the new guidelines for math and English scheduled to go into effect in Oklahoma schools in the upcoming school year.

Fallin on Thursday signed the bill that was overwhelmingly passed in the House and Senate on the final day of the 2014 session. The bill requires the state to return to old standards in place before 2010 and directs new ones to be developed by 2016.

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Met for 45 minutes behind closed doors
5:01 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Board Of Corrections Meets But Botched Execution Questions Remain Unanswered

Credit Mack Alford Correctional Center

The Oklahoma Board of Corrections met behind closed doors for a briefing on an investigation into the botched execution of a death row inmate — but later took no action.

The board met for about 45 minutes with the prison director and the agency's top attorney Thursday at the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown.

Director Robert Patton declined comment on anything related to the execution of Clayton Lockett until the ongoing investigation is complete.

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Oklahoma News
2:47 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Oklahoma Wildfire Risk Website Available To Public

Credit Oklahoma Forestry Services

Oklahoma Forestry Services has rolled out a new website to help homeowners and communities determine their wildfire risk and eliminate potential hazards.

The Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, or SouthWRAP, allows users in Oklahoma and 11 other states to identify wildfire threats based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions and terrain. It also routes users to resources that can help them implement practices to address the threats and reduce risks.

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Here & Now
2:14 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

John Fullbright Plays From New Album ‘Songs’

Marcel Houweling Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma musician and singer-songwriter John Fullbright, 26, is out with a new album called “Songs.”

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StateImpact Texas
1:40 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Why We Still Don’t Know Where Exactly The Keystone XL Pipeline Will Go

Courtesy the Keystone Mapping Project. ©Thomas Bachand 2012.

In Texas, the Keystone XL pipeline is a forgone conclusion. Every day, up to 700,000 barrels of oil (both domestic crude and heavy oil commonly known as “tar sands,” extracted from Canada) make their way from Cushing, Oklahoma through the Gulf Coast segment of the Keystone XL pipeline to refineries in Texas. This section of the controversial project went ahead while the northern leg awaits presidential approval — despite objections by some landowners and environmental groups.

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