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Editor's Note: This interview originally aired March 22, 2013.

Audiences most likely know Egyptian-American stand-up comedian Ahmed Ahmed as a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.

“Comedians have become, most recently, cultural ambassadors of the world,” Ahmed said. “Whether you're in Africa, or America, or Russia, or Asia, laughter is the common language of the world.”

beer glasses
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Beer drinkers will be able to drink full-strength brews at bars inside a brewery under a bill signed into law this week by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. The law will go into effect Aug. 25.

Under the new law, Senate Bill 424, brewery bars will be able to sell glasses of cold full-strength beer, and customers can take home bottles, cans and growlers, according to a report by Brianna Bailey in the Oklahoman.

Oklahoma state Capitol
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

The income tax rate in Oklahoma may be cut by an additional 0.15 percent if state revenue grows at a sufficient rate.

Rick Green reports for The Oklahoman that the income tax rate would fall from 5 percent to 4.85 percent at the beginning of 2018. Legislation that would have delayed the decrease passed the state Senate but did not come up for a vote in the House.

Wheat farmer Fred Schmedt stands in one of his family's fields south of Altus, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Heavy rains delayed the 2016 wheat harvest in Oklahoma, but the yield could be better than recent years. Many farmers, however, are still making up losses from a drought that climatologists warn could be returning.

It’s a hot, dry and relatively windless day south of Altus in southwest Oklahoma. Eight to 11 inches of rain has fallen in the area over the last few weeks, and Fred Schmedt is on his cell phone trying to keep large trucks and tractor-trailers off his field.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, gestures as he speaks during a Town Hall meeting in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) says he plans to support presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Cole told NPR’s Morning Edition Thursday he's interested in Trump's positions on tax reform and deregulation. But he also called Trump a "shoot from the hip" candidate," and said he doesn't like the New York businessman's tendency to make provocative statements.

University of players celebrate after defeating Auburn 2-1 in the deciding game of the championship series of the NCAA softball College World Series, Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The University of Oklahoma's softball team captured its third national championship Wednesday night after defeating Auburn University 2-1.

Auburn's Emily Carosone, the star of Tuesday's comeback win with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning, couldn't follow it up.

In the bottom of the first, she committed an error on a grounder by Shay Knighten, and Caleigh Clifton scored for the Sooners when Carosone lost control of a throw to first. Knighten then scored on a slow-bouncing infield single to make it 2-0.

Oklahoma Watch

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has purchased several devices capable of seizing funds loaded on to prepaid debit cards to aid troopers in roadside seizures of suspected drug-trafficking proceeds.

The portable card scanners are designed to be carried in law enforcement vehicles, allow troopers to freeze and seize money loaded onto a prepaid debit card, and to return money to an account whose funds were seized or frozen.

Cara Brown (left) and Gloria Ferrell of Tulsa allege in a lawsuit that despite availability of jobs, Stand-By Personnel never offered them a position because of discriminatory practices. The company denies the allegations.
Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

Lawsuits in Tulsa County and a national news investigation reveal a pattern of complaints that businesses engaged in race, sex and age discrimination in hiring through temporary employment agencies.

In two Tulsa lawsuits, job candidates and a former employee at a temp agency alleged that agency workers used a coding system and notes to accommodate client businesses that requested not to be sent workers of certain races or genders or over a certain age. The temp agency’s owner confirmed to Oklahoma Watch that the incidents occurred but said they were rare and violated company policy.

Devon Energy Corp. headquarters at 333 W. Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Devon Energy announced nearly $1 billion in sales Monday. The Oklahoma City-based oil and gas giant is selling wells, land leases, and mineral royalties in Texas and Oklahoma in three separate deals for about $974 million, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:

University of Oklahoma President George Lynn Cross With Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, 1948
Western History Collections / University of Oklahoma

Seventy years ago, a 21-year-old woman named Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher walked into the University of Oklahoma’s admissions office to apply for law school. She was immediately turned down because of the color of her skin.  He didn’t agree with the decision, but OU president George Lynn Cross had no choice but to deny the request, since state law mandated the segregation of public educational institutions.