Primary Elections
12:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Oklahoma Incumbents Look To Avoid A 'Cantor Redux'

(L-R): U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, Tom Cole, and Frank Lucas at the Oklahoma Press Association's congressional delegation panel June 14.
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Three incumbent Oklahoma congressmen are working to avoid upsets in the June 24 primary as their challengers take hope following an upset in Virginia.

Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin each face challengers in the primary that comes two weeks after former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Virginia primary to economics professor Dave Brat.

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Health
9:24 am
Fri June 20, 2014

First Oklahoma Case Of Chikungunya Virus Confirmed

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The Oklahoma Department of Health says a Tulsa County resident has tested positive for the chikungunya virus, the first confirmed case of the disease in the state.

Chikungunya is not indigenous to Oklahoma or the continental U.S. The Oklahoman resident who tested positive for the virus recently traveled to Haiti on a mission trip.

The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. The Health Department urges those considering traveling to any Caribbean island, South America, Africa or southeast Asia take extra precautions against mosquito bites.

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Immigration
8:05 am
Fri June 20, 2014

VIDEO: Cole Introduces Unaccompanied Minors Amendment To FY '15 Defense Bill

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) introduced an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 Defense Appropriations Act Thursday that would prohibit using military bases to house the recent wave of unaccompanied minors who have arrived in United States.

On Friday, Cole and several other House leaders sent a letter to President Obama opposing his handling of of the situation, and calling on him to deter a rising tide of undocumented immigrants coming over the border.

Cole's Fourth Congressional District includes Fort Sill, where nearly 600 children are being housed - mostly teenagers from Central America detained while trying to enter the United States illegally.

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6:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Woody Guthrie Home Renovations On Hold Due To Financial Dispute

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A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy.

The spat began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood salvaged from Guthrie's home in Okemah failed to sell last month on eBay.

Profits from the guitar sales were to go toward reconstruction of the 1860s-era property using lumber saved from the site when it was torn down in the 1970s.

The main players for the rebuild are not speaking and blame each other for the project's indefinite shutdown.

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Immigration
4:14 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Fallin To Tour Fort Sill Army Barracks Where Immigrant Children Are Housed

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Gov. Mary Fallin is planning to tour Army barracks at Fort Sill where hundreds of immigrant children are being housed by the federal government.

Fallin said she will tour the shelter on Friday at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which is overseeing the children's care.

Federal officials said Thursday that 599 children already had arrived at Fort Sill, mostly teenagers from Central America who were detained after trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

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12:27 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

VIDEO: KGOU's Jim Johnson Previews Jazz In June On FOX 25

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The 2014 Jazz In June festival gets underway tonight and lasts through Saturday. KGOU's Program Director and Jazz In June program chair Jim Johnson visited the KOKH-TV studios with Norman singer/songwriter Kyle Reid.
Jazz in June starts in Norman, OK and programming chairman Jim Johnson along with musician Kyle Reid stops by to let us know about all the fun the entire family can have!
StateImpact Oklahoma
11:43 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Norman Voters Will Still Decide Water Rates As Charter Change Gets Rejected

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Norman is the only city in Oklahoma where water rate increases require a vote of the public. And as StateImpact reported, a proposal to strike that clause from the city’s charter was before the city council on June 18, which would’ve put the change on the November ballot.

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OneSix8
10:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Jazz In June, Shawnee Trail Days And Peter Pan

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Festivals old and new converge on central Oklahoma this weekend.

Norman's outdoor music festival Jazz in June continues its 31-year tradition of bringing jazz and blues artists from across the nation together to perform for the public Thursday, June 19 through Saturday, June 21.

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World Views
9:40 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Iran And India: Two Countries Separated By A Common Language

A Persian astronomical and astrological manuscript from the 17th century
Nina Aldin Thune

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, nationalism and colonialism created fixed borders between societies that otherwise shared common ethnic backgrounds, language, and culture.

If you separate the world by regions, India and Iran don’t initially appear to have much in common. But in the 1960s, University of Chicago historian Marshall Hodgson introduced the concept of Persianate society – arguing that in the pre-modern world, Iranians, the Ottoman Empire, the South Asian Indian Mogul empire, and even Central Asians all spoke Persian.

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Oklahoma News
8:49 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Geese Blamed For High Bacteria At Grand Lake

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Officials say geese are the suspected culprits in the elevated levels of E.coli that's shut down a swimming area of Grand Lake State Park in northeastern Oklahoma.

The Grand River Dam Authority says testing shows that the high levels of bacteria found at the Grand Lake State Park swimming area at Bernice contained DNA from geese and possibly another avian source. The testing excluded humans or cattle as the source of the bacteria.

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