State Capitol
1:20 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Oklahoma House Approves CNG Regulation Legislation

mariordo59 Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma House has given final approval of legislation that transfers regulatory authority for compressed natural gas fueling stations to the Department of Labor.

The House voted 69-19 Monday for the Senate-passed measure and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

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State Capitol
12:16 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Oklahoma Parents Urge Fallin To Sign Reading Bill

State Rep. Katie Henke (R-Tulsa) speaking during a press conference after the May 12 House vote.
Credit Nate Robson / Oklahoma Watch

A group of Oklahoma parents concerned about new reading requirements that third graders must meet in order to advance to the fourth grade are urging Gov. Mary Fallin to sign a bill making it easier to promote students.

The Parent Legislative Action Committee of Central Oklahoma delivered a petition to the governor on Monday with more than 2,000 signatures.

The group supports the bill that would make changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, which was part of a Republican-led agenda to increase the rigor in Oklahoma schools.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:35 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Panel Explores How To Make History Vital To 21st Century Education

(L-R): Kyle Harper, Ronald White, Allen Guelzo, Joan Waugh, Ed Ayers, Vernon Burton, John Wilmerding.
Credit The University of Oklahoma / iTunesU

During the University of Oklahoma’s 2014 “Teach-In on the Civil War,” each speaker gathered on stage for a panel discussion about Freedom in America and Civic Education, moderated by OU interim provost and director of the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage Kyle Harper.

Richmond University President Ed Ayers says in order to ensure its vitality, the humanities need to play offense, rather than defense.

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Oklahoma Watch
10:47 am
Mon May 19, 2014

$80 Million K-12 Increase May Have Limited Impact On Per-Pupil Funding

Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma could add $80 million to K-12 education funding in a budget deal announced by Gov. Mary Fallin Friday, but it’s unclear how it will impact Oklahoma’s per-pupil funding levels.

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Gambling Addiction
9:53 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Oklahoma Gambling Addicts Have Few Places To Turn

Credit Adrian Simpson / Flickr Creative Commons

Addiction treatment specialists say as dozens of tribal casinos popped up throughout the state in the past decade, resources for problem gamblers haven't kept pace.

Only 45 certified counselors are available at 12 treatment facilities, but specialists say there should be at least double the counselors.

The facilities are often located many miles from where problem gamblers live. One county in the northeastern part of the state has 11 casinos in a 30-mile radius but zero counselors.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:47 am
Mon May 19, 2014

City Of Duncan Water Rationing Unchanged As Waurika Lake Withers

From the latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor, showing most of western Oklahoma in extreme or exceptional drought, the worst categories.
U.S. Drought Monitor

In October 2013, Waurika Lake, a source of water for Lawton, Duncan, and surrounding communities in southwest Oklahoma, was at 44 percent of its conservation pool. As of Tuesday, the water level was at 39.53 percent, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Neighbors Find Comfort In Community After 2013 Moore Tornado

Tornado Survivors Alise Newby and Micah Moody find comfort in being neighbors after their homes were destroyed May 20, 2013
Kate Carlton

One year ago this week, a deadly EF-5 tornado swept through Moore, Oklahoma, taking the lives of 24 people and destroying over 1,100 homes. For many people, this week marks a painful reminder of the damage. For others, the year anniversary is an opportunity to put the devastation behind them with the support of their peers. 

Alise Newby lived right across from Plaza Towers Elementary School last year when the tornado leveled both the school and her house. She isn’t from Oklahoma, so she wasn’t exactly sentimental when it came to finding a new home outside of the devastated town.

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4:25 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Parched: A New Dust Bowl Forms in the Heartland

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A quarter of Oklahoma, including the panhandle, and neighboring counties in Kansas and Texas are rated as being in "exceptional drought," the driest category on the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor—a status so dry that farmers express relief whenever their standing moves incrementally up a notch to "extreme drought."
Four years into an unrelentingly mean, hot drought, a new Dust Bowl engulfs the same region that was the geographic heart of the original.
Oklahoma News
2:31 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Forensic Anthropologist Clyde Snow Dies

Clyde Snow, appearing on the OETA program, "A Conversation With..."
Credit Oklahoma Educational Television Authority

Listen to "Assignment: Radio" reporter Jerry Wofford's 2007 interview with Clyde Snow.

Clyde Snow, a forensic anthropologist who worked on cases ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to mass graves in Argentina, has died. He was 86.

Snow's wife, Jerry Snow, told The Associated Press her husband died Friday morning at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. Jerry Snow says her husband had lung cancer and emphysema.

Snow examined mass graves in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Croatia. He often helped build criminal cases against government leaders who carried out the killings.

He also assisted in identifying victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and the remains of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Jerry Snow says her husband will be remembered most for his great sense of humor and dedication to human rights.

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Oklahoma News
10:01 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Marking The First Anniversary of the 2013 Moore Tornado

The Moore Medical Center after the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers

This coming Tuesday is the first anniversary of the tornado that swept through Moore, killing 24 people, injuring at least 377 others, with an estimated 1,150 homes destroyed and an estimated $2 billion in damages.  

Governor Mary Fallin will help Moore City leaders in the "Moore Community Remembrance Ceremony" at 10 a.m. The event will also include a groundbreaking for the construction of the new Moore Medical Center.  

Then, the Oklahoma Strong Monument Project hosts "A Taste of the Town..." to raise funds for a planned monument to recognize the strength of Oklahomans.

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