Claimed home was primary residence
6:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Defrauding FEMA May Cost Seven Times The Amount Taken

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 A Mannford woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to committing fraud in order to receive more than $31,000 in federal disaster payments.

Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Kerry Lynn Rowell pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa. Rowell admitted receiving about $31,400 from the Federal Emergency Disaster Agency in money that was available to victims of wildfires in the Mannford area in 2013.

Rowell's attorney declined comment on the case.

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Renewed debate on doctors being present
5:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

American Medical Association Weighs In On Execution Practices

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A botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has renewed debate on whether doctors should be banned from executions.

Some of the nation's 32 death penalty states, including Oklahoma, mandate doctor participation. Critics say what happened there proves a doctor's presence can't guarantee a smooth process.

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Manager's Desk
2:06 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Oklahoma Tornado Project Photography Exhibit

This photo by James Bokovoy is among those that will be exhibited at Leadership Square May 6 through 30.
Credit James Bokovoy

The KGOU Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center have collaborated to present a month-long exhibit of photographs called “Not Just Another Day in May.”

I want to thank the amateur and professional photographers who submitted photos for consideration.  The exhibit will mark the anniversary of tornadoes that struck several Oklahoma communities last May. The photos were curated by the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.

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11:22 am
Fri May 2, 2014

A First Look At The Satanic Monument Proposed For The Oklahoma State Capitol

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An artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath a pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.
In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying Satan on the front lawn of the Oklahoma state Capitol. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised.
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
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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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