8:24 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Wildfires in Guthrie

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The blaze began as a grass fire and between 10 and 15 fire departments responded to the fire. Multiple homes have been lost in the fire. There are also evacuations in the area. The fire is burning near Interstate 35 and Seward Road. It is not known if anyone has been injured.
Firefighters responded to a blaze near Pine and Forest Hills in Guthrie Sunday.
Oklahoma Voter ID Law
4:44 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Voter ID Rulings Encourage Challenger Of Oklahoma Law

Voting Booth
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Recent court decisions in Wisconsin and Arkansas regarding voter ID laws have given heart to a Tulsa woman who is challenging Oklahoma's voter ID law.

University of Tulsa law professor Jim Thomas represents Tulsan Delilah Christine Gentges in a case now before an Oklahoma County District Court. The Tulsa World reports that the lawsuit has followed a winding trail that has taken it from Tulsa County District Court to the Oklahoma Supreme Court and now to Oklahoma County.

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Al Gerhart On Trial
4:30 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Blackmail Trial Set For Sooner Tea Party Leader

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Jury selection is set to begin in OklahomaCounty District Court for the trial of the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party on blackmail and computer crimes charges.

The trial gets underway Monday for Al Gerhart. Gerhart was charged in April 2013 for allegedly sending an email intended to intimidate Republican Sen. Cliff Branan of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.

An affidavit says Gerhart acknowledged sending the email on March 26, 2013. It concerned a House-passed bill favored by tea party supporters that Branan did not hear in his committee.

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Thunder Up
7:36 am
Sun May 4, 2014

OKC Thunder Win First Round Playoff

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Kevin Durant scored 33 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-109 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Westbrook had 27 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. His assist total tied the franchise record for a playoff game set in 1987 by Nate McMillan when the team was still in Seattle.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Farewell To KGOU Students

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It is finals week here at the University of Oklahoma, and it means that we say farewell to the student who have been working with us for class credit this spring. 

In the Radio Practicum class, our students were Becca Buckner, Jeremy Choat and Nick Masopust.  These three handled a range of activities including writing, announcing and producing a range content.

In the Radio News class, the student reporters were Molly Evans and Madeline Stebbins.  Their work aired in Assignment Radio, and the last episode will be Sunday, May 11th at noon.

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5:06 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Grizzlies Face OKC Thunder In Game 7 Without Randolph

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The Memphis Grizzlies will be without top scorer Zach Randolph in Game 7 against the Thunder on Saturday night, but they remain confident.

Randolph was suspended for punching Steven Adams in the jaw late in Game 6. Memphis coach Dave Joerger said Saturday that his 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward feels "terrible" and "awful" about the situation. The Grizzlies say their offensive game plan changes completely, but they expect their stout defense to give them a chance.

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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.
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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.