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Weather and Climate
12:02 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Storms Possible Sunday Evening into Monday

Oklahoma weather forecast for Sunday and Monday.
Credit National Weather Service

The Norman office of the National Weather Service reports that it will be windy across Oklahoma till at least 7pm.  Thunderstorms are likely this evening, beginning after 5pm in western Oklahoma, and continuing eastward into Monday as a cold front moves across the region. Severe weather is possible starting early evening and continuing into the early Monday morning hours. The potential for severe storms will diminish Monday morning but could increase again Monday afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging straight-line winds will be the main concerns.

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Manager's Desk
7:47 am
Sun May 11, 2014

KGOU Wins Awards

Jim Johnson, Karen Holp, Kate Carlton and Brian Hardzinksi at the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards Luncheon.
KGOU

May 11, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

The KGOU staff, students, and projects – the Oklahoma Tornado Project and StateImpact Oklahoma – together have received 59 awards for work in 2013.

There is one national win that I will tell you about next week.

KGOU received sixteen awards from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Association, including eleven for KGOU and four for the Oklahoma Tornado Project, plus the Radio Sweepstakes Award for the most awards in radio.

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Education
7:46 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Nearly 8,000 Third Graders Fail Reading Exam and Face Possible Retention

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

Any hopes that Oklahoma third graders would see improvements in reading proficiency this year were dashed Friday after results from the state reading test showed nearly 7,970 students failed the exam and are at risk of being retained.

Preliminary data from the State Department of Education shows 15.7 percent of third graders scored unsatisfactory, the lowest of four levels, on the reading portion of the Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test. That compares with 11.4 percent last year and is the highest failure rate in past five years.

Officials attribute part of the increase to more special education students taking the Core Curriculum Test this year.

Students who scored at the bottom level of reading will have to repeat third grade unless they qualify for one of six exemptions or pass an alternative test, such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or unless the House passes a bill that also allows students to advance with approval of a team of educators and the parents or guardians.

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OKC Thunder
7:20 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Hot-shooting Thunder beat Clippers 118-112

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  Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder outplayed the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for a 118-112 victory Friday night and a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

Serge Ibaka added 20 points and Westbrook had 13 assists for the Thunder in a game that neither team ever led by double digits.

Blake Griffin scored 34 points, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 16 assists for the Clippers, who saw their four-point lead disappear for good early in the fourth quarter. Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford added 20 points.

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Says Vetoed Bill not needed
6:22 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Governor Signs Into Law 25 Bills And Vetoes One

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law 25 bills passed by the Legislature and vetoed one dealing with a new state income tax form donation check-off.

Fallin took the action on Friday. She has now signed 261 bills passed by the 2014 Legislature into law and vetoed 25.

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speaking out against "revenge overreach"
4:01 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Death Penalty Opponents Plan Events In Oklahoma City

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Death penalty opponents have planned three events in Oklahoma City to call for a moratorium on executions after last week's botched lethal injection.

The first event is set downtown Friday night and will be led by church members who will speak out against what they say is the state's "revenge overreach" in seeking executions. Two more events — a day to lobby lawmakers and a halt executions rally —are planned Tuesday and May 18 at the state Capitol.

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World Views
12:17 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Challenges China Still Faces After A 40-Year Rise To Economic Dominance

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping upon entering the Fujian Room at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on April 13, 2013.
Alison Anzalone U.S. Department of State Flickr Public Domain

After the power struggle to fill the power vacuum left by Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, right-wing reformers won control of the government and Deng Xiaoping helped China exceed the expectations and predictions of the international community.

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University of Oklahoma
11:51 am
Fri May 9, 2014

OU President: Stadium Improvements In The Works

The Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium during a November 10, 2012 football game against Baylor University.
Allison Meier Flickr Creative Commons

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the Board of Regents will likely consider upgrades to OU's stadium when the panel meets next month in Ardmore.

Boren tells The Norman Transcript plans are in the works for major stadium improvements — though he doesn't expect a significant expansion beyond the current seating capacity of 82,112.

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Death Penalty
9:24 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Fallin Opponent Dorman Calls For OSBI Probe Of Execution

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) speaking on the floor of the Oklahoma House.
Credit bjmccray / Flickr Creative Commons

Gov. Mary Fallin's Democratic opponent in the race for Oklahoma governor wants he calls an independent probe into last week's botched execution of a death row inmate.

State Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs said Thursday he wants the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to conduct the investigation into last week's execution of Clayton Lockett. A doctor said Lockett's vein collapsed during the lethal injection.

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Politics and Government
7:37 am
Fri May 9, 2014

All Five Oklahoma GOP House Members Vote For Benghazi Probe

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) during a May 8, 2013 hearing on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya
U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Flickr Public Domain

Oklahoma’s entire U.S. House delegation voted with their Republican colleagues yesterday to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission.

U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) said the probe into Benghazi isn't a political issue, but proper Congressional oversight.

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