Politics and Government
1:20 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Fallin Touts 'New Minimum' At New Mexico Summit

Gov. Mary Fallin during her 2013 State of the State address.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says education is the "new minimum" for economic success.

Fallin was in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday for a summit to discuss connecting education with the workforce.

Fallin said the number of well-paying jobs that required a high school education or less has fallen from 80 percent about 50 years ago to 35 percent today. She said the new minimum for well-paying jobs is a two-year or four-year college degree or a certificate in the field in which a person wishes to work.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:29 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Media Plays Part In U.S. Political Polarization

Thomas Patterson

The political polarization of the United States continues to capture the attention of politicians and political observers. University of Oklahoma President David Boren calls the problem, “one of the most serious threats to America’s influence at home and abroad.”

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Abortion
9:58 am
Mon November 4, 2013

UPDATE: Supreme Court Denies Oklahoma Appeal On Drug-Induced Abortions

Oklahoma is among five states, the others are Arizona, North Dakota, Ohio and Texas, that have sought to restrict medical abortions by limiting or banning off-label uses of drugs.
Credit Ben Ramsey / Flickr Creative Commons

Editor's Note: Post updated at 1:15 p.m. to reflect Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's comments.

The Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's bid to revive a state law that the Oklahoma Supreme Court said would effectively ban all drug-induced abortions.

Oklahoma's Republican Attorney General Scott Pruitt is criticizing the Oklahoma Supreme Court for its interpretation.

The justices did not comment Monday in dismissing the state's appeal of the Oklahoma high court ruling that struck down the law last year.

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Early Childhood
8:34 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Oklahoma's Children From Low Income Families Failing To Attend Quality Pre-K

Credit Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new study says nearly two-thirds of Oklahoma's kids from low-income families did not attend a preschool program from 2009-2011.

The Kids Count report on the first eight years of education was released Monday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation that advocates for investing in the early years of a child's life.

The report also found that more than half of Oklahoma's kids from birth to eight years old were living in low-income households last year.

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Indian Times
8:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Native American Heritage Month Celebrated At Oklahoma History Center

Matt Reed
Credit Susan Shannon

November is Native American Heritage Month and the Oklahoma History Center has planned some special events to recognize that.

Matt Reed, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and curator of the American Indian Collections for the Oklahoma Historical Society, has been envisioning since he got the job to have events during this month that educate the public about the Native peoples of Oklahoma.

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Intimidation By Email
6:37 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Sooner Tea Party Co-Founder Will Go To Trial

Credit Sean MacEnte / Flickr.com

A judge has refused to dismiss blackmail charges filed against the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party.

Thursday's ruling clears the way for Al Gerhart to go to trial in January on charges of blackmail and violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. Prosecutors say Gerhart sent an email with the intent to intimidate Republican Sen. Cliff Branan of OklahomaCity, who is chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

World Views: November 1, 2013

Listen to the entire November 1, 2013 episode.

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the implications of the Roma child found living with a couple in Greece, and the October 26 protest by Saudi women in defiance of the country's traditions against driving.

Later, a conversation about water and sanitation in Africa with the University of Oklahoma 2013 International Water Prize winner Ada Oko-Williams, and University College London hydrogeologist Richard Taylor.

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