Department of Corrections
12:50 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Corrections Department Dedicates Memorial

Credit Oklahoma Corrections Employee Memorial Foundation

A dedication ceremony is planned for this week for a new memorial honoring Oklahoma Department of Corrections employees who were killed in the line of duty. 

The new Oklahoma Correctional Memorial will be dedicated Friday on the grounds of the agency's administration building in Oklahoma City. The Tulsa World reports the memorial honors the 20 Oklahoma corrections employees who were killed on the job.

The first name on the monument is that of Oklahoma State Penitentiary Deputy Warden D.C. "Pat" Oates, who died Jan. 19, 1914, when a prisoner was attempting to escape.

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Community
10:31 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Making Places People Like

A slide from a presentation during the Placemaking Conference at the University of Oklahoma.
Credit OU Institute for Quality Communities

Creating a sense of place is attracting more attention from community developers as the nation’s demographics continue to shift.

Nearly 800 civic leaders attended a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities.

Speaking at the conference, Donovan Rypkema debunked several myths about preserving old buildings. He says studies show the older structures are not necessarily less energy efficient than newer construction.

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Ethics Commission
8:44 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Routine Audit Finds No Financial Irregularities At Ethics Commission

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The director of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission says an audit of the agency has found no financial irregularities.

The audit was requested by Governor Mary Fallin following the resignation in November of long-time Ethics Commission Director Marilyn Hughes and covered the period from July 2009 through November. Such audits are considered routine when an agency head leaves.

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Tinker Air Force Base
8:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Tinker Worker Buyouts Offered

Credit Tinker Air Force Base

Tinker Air Force Base is offering buyouts in an effort to trim 750 civilian workers from its payroll.

About 9,000 civilians work at the aircraft maintenance center, which is the largest in the US Air Force.

This is the fourth round of buyouts at the base since 2011 — with the first three leading to about 210 civilian employees leaving.

Union representative James Schmidt told The Oklahoman that he believes the goal of 750 employees accepting the buyout will be met. Schmidt said several workers who are 55 or older have been waiting for such an offer.

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Mary Wilson is a Pennsylvania Public Radio reporter providing 90.5 WESA with updates from Harrisburg and beyond.

Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

KGOU is Everywhere!

Oklahoma!
Credit Brielle King / Creative Commons

  July 14, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

Once a year I like to look at the number of communities and zip codes of our members.  We have over 2,600 members from 130 zip codes within Oklahoma.

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Peabody Award-winner Peter Breslow is a senior producer for NPR's newsmagazine Weekend Edition. He has been with the program since 1992. Prior to that, he was a producer for NPR's All Thing's Considered.

Breslow has reported and produced from around the country and the world from Mt. Everest to the South Pole. During his career he has covered military conflicts in a half dozen countries, had his microphone splattered with rattlesnake venom and played hockey underwater. For six years he was the supervising senior producer of Weekend Edition Saturday, managing that program's news coverage.

NPR listeners often ask, "What is her name anyway — Keema Leski, Kim Alesky, Kay Marlenski, or what?" Her name is Kee Malesky, nee Christine Mary Shields, of Brooklyn, N.Y. The "Christine" became "Kee" when her youngest sister learned to talk, and because she thought it was a really cool name, she stuck with it.

Erica reports on environment and energy issues for WFPL, which run the gamut from stories about the regionââââ

Indian Times
9:23 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

A Guatemalan Exile No Longer, Now Works For United Nations

Francisco Cali
Credit Lindsay Robertson

Francisco Cali is a Caqchikel  Mayan from Guatemala. He is the first and continues to be the only indigenous member of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).  Cali came to the University of Oklahoma as a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy.

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