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3:55 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Iranian, Palestinian Authors Reflect On Migration And Identity In Literature

Laleh Khadivi reading from her work during the 2013 Neustadt Festival - October 30, 2013.
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Laleh Khadivi and Fady Joudah.

Novelist Laleh Khadivi grew up with a Kurdish father, and was raised in a “household full of stories” about that experience, even though she identifies more with her Iranian heritage.

She’s in the process of completing a trilogy of novels exploring Kurdish migration. Khadivi’s research examines the challenges the modern state system places on diaspora communities.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:48 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Review Air Pollution Ruling

The Grand River Dam Authority's coal-fired plant in Chouteau, Okla., which is impacted by the Regional Haze Rule.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

State Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Oklahoma’s largest utility company, OG&E,have been fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule since the federal agency rejected Oklahoma’s plan to reduce sulfur dioxide pollution at its coal-fired power plants in 2011.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:29 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The Legacy And Challenges Of A State Question That Shapes Bills Decades Later

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When the 2014 legislative session starts Feb. 3, state lawmakers will face more than 2,000 bills and resolutions, and are expected to have $170 million less to spend than last year. They will also be confronted by agency heads, most of which will argue, publicly, for more money.

Many of the bills under consideration this year address revenue and spending, directly. Republican measures to cut the income tax, for example, or gross production taxes on oil and gas activity the energy industry would like to reduce.

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OneSix8
7:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With A Lot Of Chocolate And Live Music

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Late silver screen legend Katharine Hepburn once reportedly reminisced, “What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” Well, February 1 at the National Center of Employee Development (NCED), Norman’s Firehouse Art Center produces the chocolate feast of a lifetime.

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Seeking House's Top Seat
6:27 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Trio Of Republicans Want To Lead The House If Current Speaker Steps Down

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At least three House Republicans are trying to line up support from their GOP colleagues to become the next leader of the House in case current Speaker T.W. Shannon steps down.

Reps. Jeff Hickman of Dacoma, Mike Jackson of Enid, and Jason Nelson of Oklahoma City all confirmed Wednesday they are interested in seeking the House's top spot should Shannon resign.

Shannon announced Wednesday that he is running for the U.S. Senate.

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Seeger Died Monday
5:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Woody Guthrie Center Moving Forward With Plans To Honor Pete Seeger

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The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa says it is moving forward with plans to honor American folk singer Pete Seeger next month.

Seeger was scheduled to be the first recipient of the inaugural Woody Guthrie Prize at an event Feb. 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York. Seeger died Monday at the age of 94.

Woody Guthrie's daughter, Nora Guthrie, says event guests won't just take a moment of silence to honor Seeger, but will honor him by singing.

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Agriculture Policy
12:57 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Oklahoma Delegation Splits As House Passes Compromise Farm Bill

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
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The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a five-year farm bill, and Oklahoma's all-Republican House delegation split on the nearly $100 billion-a-year legislation.

The measure included small cuts to the food stamps program, and preserved some farm subsidies. The vote in the House was 251-166.

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State Capitol
11:40 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Fallin Proposes Election For School Safety Plan

Gov. Mary Fallin addresses reporters during Tuesday's Associated Press Legislative Forum at the State Capitol.
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Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma voters should weigh in on what to do about school safety.

Fallin on Wednesday suggested that schools be given one-time authority to increase their bond limits so they can build tornado shelters or make other safety improvements on campus. She said she was heartbroken by the loss of life at a Moore elementary school last May.

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:29 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Appeals Judges To Hear Oklahoma, Utah Gay Marriage Cases

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Appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Oklahoma and Utah will be heard by the same panel of federal judges.

The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Tuesday saying the briefing and hearings will remain separate in the two cases.

Federal judges in both states recently overturned same-sex marriage bans passed by voters in 2004.

Both cases are on expedited schedules. A decision on Utah's ruling is expected in a few months.

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Affordable Care Act
10:36 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Oklahoma AG Files Brief In Hobby Lobby Case

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a brief in support of Hobby Lobby as its challenge to a portion of the Affordable Care Act moves forward at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby is challenging a portion of the nation's new health care law that would require it to supply certain types of contraception to its employees. The Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments in March.

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