Indian Times
7:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Star Wars As You Never Heard It Before...In Navajo

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Star Wars is one of those iconic movies that left its mark on the pop culture…Native Americans are often left out of the popular zeitgeist, so to encourage more interest in native languages the Navajo Nation took this movie and made it their own. And now its coming to a theater near you.

The movie will have its Oklahoma debut at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman on October 27 at 7pm.

Daniel Swan, Curator of Ethnology at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, said the movie is entirely dubbed in Navajo.

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Co-founder of Chesapeake and SandRidge
6:19 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former CEO Starts New Energy Company

Tom Ward
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The former CEO of SandRidge Energy Inc. and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. has started a new Oklahoma City energy company.

The Oklahoman reports that Tom Ward's new company, Tapstone Energy LLC, has leased space in an office building downtown. Ward says the company has "a handful of employees" and is looking for more employees and oil and gas properties.

Ward says he is funding the new company himself for now, but that he might consider bringing on other investors.

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Parents May Not Meet Income Requirements
4:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Student Numbers In Oklahoma Promise Scholarship Program Declines

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Oklahoma officials say the number of students enrolling in the Oklahoma Promise scholarship program continues to decline.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education expect 18,300 students to enroll in the program during the 2014-2015 school year. According to The Oklahoman, that's a 5.2 decrease from the current year's enrollment.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:41 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Why The Greenhouse Gas Argument SCOTUS Will Hear Matters to Oklahoma

The Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review six petitions relating to the federal government’s regulation of greenhouse gasses.

But the high court consolidated the cases, and will only review a single question that pertains to all of them.

SCOTUSBlog’s Lyle Denniston reports:

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World Views
10:48 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NPR’s Kelly McEvers Drafts History, Documents Her Own Story In Syria

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews a U.S. soldier in the Middle East.
Glen Carey

Listen to the October 18, 2013 episode, with Suzette Grillot's conversation with NPR correspondent Kelly McEvers.

Kelly McEvers spent three years based in Baghdad and Beirut covering the Middle East for NPR. She started her assignment with instructions not to miss a day in Iraq as the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal deadline approached.

“Then in late 2010, a guy set himself on fire in Tunisia, and everything changed,” McEvers told KGOU’s World Views host Suzette Grillot. “I was swept up with millions of other people in this thing called the Arab Spring.”

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This is KGOU
8:34 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Life-Long Learning – At Home And Around The World

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At 27, I’m one of the younger members of the KGOU staff. I started my career in public radio at KGOU at 19, while still very much a naïve college student. Working on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, sometimes it feels like I never left college.

Fortunately, if you never leave higher education, you never stop learning. Public radio stimulates my curiosity, and teaches me something new every single day. In this 21st Century fast-paced digital landscape, a conversation that once opened with “I heard it on KGOU…” has been replaced with a text message that usually starts with “TIL” (for “Today I Learned…”).

That thirst for knowledge is quenched every day by what I hear on KGOU. 

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Chesapeake
8:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Fort Worth Joins Lawsuit Against OKC's Chesapeake Energy

The corporate campus of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City.
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Fort Worth and several other individuals and cities have sued Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy claiming the company underpaid natural gas royalties.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Friday the lawsuit was filed in a Tarrant County district court.

The newspaper says the lawsuit filed Thursday claims Chesapeake improperly deducted production services and sold natural gas to its affiliates under market price. The lawsuit says that as a result Fort Worth, Arlington and others were underpaid royalties.

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7:26 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Study: As Few As Three Test Responses Separate A From F Schools In Oklahoma

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Oklahoma's transition to an A-to-F grading system for its public schools continues to receive criticism. A study from researchers at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma indicates the new school accountability program also hides poor academic performance by low-income and minority students.
As few as three correct responses on Oklahoma state tests can separate those schools receiving an A grade from those receiving an F under the state's accountability system, according to a paper released by the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University this month that says the system has many flaws, among them that it hides the poor performance of racial minorities and low-income students.
Washington
6:16 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Cole Casts Lone Oklahoma Vote In Favor Of Reopening Government

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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is the only member of Oklahoma's delegation to vote in favor of a plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.

The House voted 285-144 Wednesday night in favor of the plan, following the Senate's 81-18 vote.

Cole was among 87 Republicans in the House voting in support of the bill that restores funding for the government through Jan. 15 and extends the nation's borrowing authority through Feb. 7.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn voted no, and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe didn't vote because he's recovering from emergency heart surgery.

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State Capitol
4:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Domestic Violence Big Factor In Homelessness Of Women And Children

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An advocate for domestic violence victims says violence against women is a principal cause of homelessness among women and children.

Jackie Steyn of the YWCA of Oklahoma City told an Oklahoma House committee Thursday that 70 percent of those who seek services from the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City report a history of domestic violence.

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