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Ed Shadid

 The BMW question is one Jarrett Walker received when helping a city determine the most effective form of public transit for its residents, an idea he calls "abundant access."

Walker's article in the Atlantic dealing with the problem of "bus stigma" contains many of the points he presented to about 500 people at a public transit town hall in Oklahoma City.

Fallin, Attorney Win "Black Hole" Award

Mar 11, 2013

Two newspapers and a state lawmaker received FOI  Oklahoma's top awards during the organization's Sunshine Week activities.

The Marian Opala First Amendment Award was presented Saturday to the Enid News & Eagle. The Ben Blackstock Award went to the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise.Republican state Rep. Jason Nelson was presented the  Sunshine Award for opening the doors of secrecy at the Department of Human  Services.FOI Oklahoma gave Governor Mary Fallin and her attorney, Steve Mullins, the Black Hole Award for what is considered damage to the public's right to know about governmental activity.

Brant Morrell

A giant spider currently stands guard outside the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, its 8 large eyes watching visitors as they enter. Once inside, over-sized beetles, butterflies and other insects dominate the space, as part of the “Bugs…Outside the Box” exhibit.

These intricate sculptures, created by Italian artist Lorenzo Possenti, can be up to twenty times larger than their tiny counterparts. The exhibit challenges human beings to create a connection between themselves and the massive bugs.

Pro-Horse Slaughter Groups Set Wednesday Meeting

Mar 11, 2013

Some agriculture and horse groups are announcing their  support of plans to open a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau announced Friday it would host an event at the state Capitol this week to show "strong support" for bills that would pave the way  for a horse slaughtering facility in the state.

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The Oklahoma House of Representatives recently reached unanimous approval of measure that would wipe charges of prostitution off the criminal records of victims of human trafficking.

Alannah Selinger is one of the co-founders of the OU chapter of Freedom Movement, a Christian sex trafficking awareness group. She says she discovered her passion about non-profits and activism while in college, and has become especially enthusiastic about combating human sex trafficking.

From the Sequoyah National Research Center collections

SUSAN SHANNON, HOST: This week on Indian Times the Sequoyah National Research Center is a unique facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and dissemination of Native American expression in all forms…so what does that mean?  Director Dr. Dan Littlefield says a librarian’s decision to clear out a collection of Native American newspapers inadvertently led to this unique archive in Arkansas.

Hugo is out of the running for the 3A state boys basketball title after a guard scores a layup in the opposing team's goal.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Some legislators say political will has faded for a plan meant to curb Oklahoma's exceptionally high prison population.

Last session the Legislature and governor approved a ``justice reinvestment initiative'' to decrease jail time for nonviolent offenders and keep tabs on prisoners after they're released. But the program hasn't been put into practice, and Gov. Mary Fallin rejected federal money for implementation training last month.

Coburn Suggests Cuts for Dept of Transportation

Mar 8, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Republican Sen. Tom Coburn says the U.S. Department of Transportation should consider areas other than control towers to meet federal budget cuts.

About 200 contract control towers staffed by non-federal employees would be closed under the cuts.

Coburn said Thursday that the FAA faces a loss of about $600 million due to the cuts.

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World leaders, athletes, and left-wing celebrities were among those who attended Friday's funeral in Caracas for Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

"He produced in people profound feelings of love, affection, and loyalty, and of rejection and hate," said Charles Kenney, a University of Oklahoma comparative political scientist and an expert on Latin American democratization. "So for those who loved him, this is a very sorrowful time, and he is indeed, I think, seen as a martyr-like figure."

Search Bills in Oklahoma Legislature

Mar 8, 2013

Typically, using a bill number is the quickest way to find a specific piece of legislation. But if you've "heard" about something going on at the state Capitol, you can also search by words in the bill.

House Defeats Replacement Appointments Bill

Mar 8, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma House has killed a bill to authorize the governor and legislative leaders to make one-time replacements of their appointments to state boards and commissions. The House vote 47-40 against the measure Thursday.

Judge Rejects Police Argument in Fatal Shooting

Mar 8, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A judge has rejected a request to dismiss manslaughter charges against a white Del City police captain accused in the shooting death of a black teenager.  Attorneys for Randy Harrison sought to have the charges dismissed, but a judge denied that request Friday. Trial is set for April 8.  

DHS Announces Final "Pinnacle Plan" Approval

Mar 7, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has announced final approval of its so-called ``Pinnacle Plan'' to improve the care of children in state custody.

DHS announced Wednesday that child welfare experts who've been monitoring the plan have given their approval.

Animal Rights Groups Lobby State Legislature

Mar 7, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Animal lovers from across Oklahoma are visiting with their legislators and urging them to oppose a measure that would pave the way for a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma.

Officials with several animal rights groups sponsored Humane Lobby Day on Thursday and briefed about 50 participants on how to lobby their elected officials.

Tribal Domestic Violence Bill Signed Into Law

Mar 7, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Tribal courts will have the authority to prosecute non-Indians in domestic violence cases under a bill signed into law Thursday by President Barack Obama.

The measure is seen as a huge step forward by many who live on reservations and decry the high rates of domestic violence with no prosecution there. But some say it could take years to make a difference.

Indian women suffer incidents of domestic violence at rates more than double the national averages.

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Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Every two years, the Oklahoma Municipal League surveys hundreds of its member cities and towns about their water rates.

StateImpact got an early look at the 2012 data, and found Fort Towson, just across the Red River in Choctaw County, has the highest residential water rate of any community that responded to the OML survey.

Oklahoma courts would not be allowed to consider foreign law when hearing cases in a bill approved by the state House yesterday. ECapitol reports the legislation by Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, and Sen. Gary Michael Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, voids foreign law contracts if they violate the constitutionally protected rights of the individuals involved.

Voters overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution putting in place similar restrictions. But a federal appeals court ruled it was unconstitutional.

Speaker Pushes Marriage Commercials

Mar 7, 2013
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 A bill that takes money from a program for needy Oklahoma families and directs that it be used to create an advertising campaign to promote marriage has cleared the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 71-27 Wednesday for the bill sponsored by Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Lawton. The proposal calls for the creation of a statewide public service announcement campaign that promotes marriage as a tool against poverty.

OSU President Steps Down from Chesapeake Board

Mar 7, 2013
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Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis has been replaced on the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Energy. A news release on the company's website says the board accepted Hargis' resignation effective immediately.

Board Chairman Archie Dunham announced Thursday that Louis A. Raspino has been elected to fill the vacancy and has been appointed chairman of the audit committee. He will stand for election at the 2013 annual meeting of shareholders in June.

 

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