World Views
10:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Reimagining HIV/AIDS And Healthcare In South Africa

Aid workers explain the relationship between HIV and tuberculosis in South Africa
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development Flickr Creative Commons

HIV/AIDS is commonly considered an individual affliction, however Abigail Neely says that HIV/AIDS needs to be considered within the social, cultural, and economic environment of South Africa.

In South Africa, HIV/AIDS is endemic. Neely says that over 30 percent of the population is infected with HIV, however co-infection with tuberculosis is also prevalent.

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Death Penalty
8:24 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Fallin: Patton Letter Gives 'Clarity,' Will Release Execution Review

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A letter that contains a timeline of events related to the execution Tuesday of Clayton Lockett to Gov. Mary Fallin from Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton reveals previously unknown details about the events of that day, the governor said Thursday.

Patton sent the letter to Fallin two days after he halted the execution of Lockett when the inmate’s “blood vein had collapsed,” according to the letter.

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Sexual abuse complaints
6:23 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

OSU Being Investigated By Federal Education Department

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Oklahoma State University is one of 55 schools being investigated by the federal Education Department over their handling of sexual abuse complaints.

The schools are being investigated under Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination but has been increasingly used by victims who say their schools failed to protect them. Federal officials say the schools were publicly identified to increase transparency and spur a broader conversation on campus sex assaults.

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new enrollment numbers released today
4:31 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oklahomans Pick Health Plans On New Insurance Markets

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More than 69,000 Oklahomans have picked health plans on the new insurance markets created by the federal health overhaul.

The federal government said Thursday that 69,221 Oklahomans signed up for a plan between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 31.

Earlier enrollment numbers showed that only 32,882 Oklahomans had chosen a plan through March 1 — well below the Obama administration's goal of 84,000 enrollees in Oklahoma.

The new enrollment numbers released Thursday by the Obama administration said about 8 million Americans have picked a plan under the new federal health program.

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Oklahoma Watch
12:31 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Teachers Speak Out At Oklahoma Watch-Out Forum

Panelists at the Oklahoma Watch-Out forum were Estella Bitson, principal of Hawthorne Elementary School; Dallas Koehn, teacher at Union 9th Grade Center, and Meredith Brown, teacher at Disney Elementary School, all in Tulsa.
Carmen Forman Oklahoma Watch

Teacher pay and school accountability were among the biggest topics discussed during a community forum Wednesday evening tackling issues facing Oklahoma public-school teachers.

A panel of educators, joined by other teachers and representatives from education and public-policy groups in the audience, talked about the challenges they see in schools and classrooms on a daily basis.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:23 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lesser Prairie Chicken Peep Show: In The Field With Oklahoma’s ‘Threatened’ Bird

A group of bird watchers at the Selman Ranch, which hosts the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival in northwest Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Betsy Searight and her husband John drove from all the way from New Jersey for this opportunity: Wake up at 4 a.m., huddle against the cold, and sit silently and motionless for hours hoping to watch a Lesser Prairie Chicken peep show.

After a long fight between Oklahoma and the U.S. government, the Lesser Prairie Chicken goes on the federal threatened species list later this month.

To find out how the listing will affect Oklahoma and why the bird is worth protecting, we took a trip to the High Plains of northwestern Oklahoma.

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8:03 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Beer, Burgers And A Walk In The Park

Co-chairs of the 2013 Broadway and Brew Paula Love, Jordan Young and Adrienne Husted (from left to right) at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Credit Allie Tabberer / Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and its patron organization, the Understudies, host the second annual Broadway & Brew at the Myriad Botanical Gardens on Friday, May 2 from 7 to 11 p.m. 

Several local breweries and over ten restaurants present a variety of food and beer tastings. Participating breweries and restaurants include Coop Ale Works, the Anthem Brewing Company, Tapwerks, In the Raw and the Picasso Café.

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Oklahoma Politics
7:57 am
Thu May 1, 2014

House Responds To Fallin's Pressure With First Override Of Governor's Veto

House Speaker Jeff HIckman, the leader of the chamber increasingly at odds with Governor Mary Fallin
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override a veto by Gov. Mary Fallin of a House bill dealing with federal regulations over firearms.

The move is the latest signal of the growing tension between the Republican governor and the GOP-controlled House.

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Could Cause Supreme Court to get involved
5:50 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Botched Execution Gives Death Penalty Opponents More Fuel For Their Fire

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A bungled execution in Oklahoma provides death penalty opponents with a fresh, startling example of how lethal injections can go wrong.

But the odds of successfully challenging the nation's main execution method will probably hinge on exactly what caused Clayton Lockett's apparent agony.

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plans to assign investigators from his office
5:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Wants In On Fallin's Investigation

Credit Office Of The Attorney General

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he wants his office involved in the investigation into the botched execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate.

Pruitt said Wednesday he plans to assign investigators from his office to work on the investigation that has been ordered by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Fallin called for an independent review of the state's execution protocol after the inmate Clayton Lockett writhed and grimaced for several minutes during his execution. She said that review will be conducted by a member of her cabinet.

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