Manager's Desk
9:04 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project

Radar image of the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

October 28, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

KGOU has a new series that started in early October called “Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project.” The focus is about what we have learned from last season’s tornados, and how we are better preparing for the next round of storms.

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Prosecuters Will Cross-Examine
6:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Terrill Tells Truong He Will Testify

Judge Cindy Truong
Credit OKlahoma Court Judges

A former state lawmaker accused of bribing a Senate colleague says he will testify during his trial.

Former Rep. Randy Terrill told Oklahoma County District Judge Cindy Truong Monday that he plans to testify in his own defense. Terrill is expected to testify on Tuesday.

Truong also told Terrill that prosecutors will have a right to cross-examine Terrill is he testifies. Terrill says he welcomes their questions.

Truong told Terrill's 12-member jury that they will be asked to deliberate a verdict on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court
4:12 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Challenge To Master Lease Program Denied By Court

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr.com

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied a request for a new hearing in a legal challenge of a bond program used by Oklahoma colleges and universities.

Last month, the state's highest court rejected legal challenges brought by Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent and others and ruled the program was constitutional. The court also authorized an application to issue the bonds.

The Supreme Court rejected Fent's request for a rehearing on Monday.

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World
3:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Slow Improvements In The Garment Industry In Bangladesh

Credit Tareq Salahuddin / Flickr Creative Commons

The economy in Bangladesh is connected to the clothes Americans buy in many stores, including national retailers. The readymade garment industry in Bangladesh has been rocked by several major industrial accidents, leading to large scale worker protests calling for improved building and fire safety. The garment workers are also demanding better working conditions and higher minimum wages.

After several industrial accidents, where hundreds of people have died, attention turned to the stores selling the clothes. This put pressure on the industry and government in Bangladesh to take steps to improve the safety of garment factories.

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Oklahoma Watch
8:55 am
Mon October 28, 2013

New Data Reveals Widespread Financial Losses Among Small Oklahoma Hospitals

Bruce Mayhan, lab manager at Pauls Valley General Hospital, looks at a blood sample through a microscope in the hospital’s lab.
Credit Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

A majority of small general hospitals in Oklahoma are losing money, and health care officials warn that some hospitals could close, be sold or cut services.

Federal financial reports for nearly every hospital in the state, obtained by Oklahoma Watch and analyzed and reported with the Tulsa World, show that in each year from 2009 to 2012, between half and three-fourths of general hospitals with fewer than 100 beds lost money. Most are in small cities or rural areas. More than half posted losses in multiple years.

Larger hospitals fared better. In each year during the four-year period, between 7 percent and 19 percent of general hospitals with 100 beds or more lost money.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon October 28, 2013

National Weather Center Aims To "Prepare, Respond, Restore" At This Year's Festival

Katie Western as Swirl Girl and Rick Smith at the 2012 National Weather Festival.
Credit Kate-Lynn Walsh

Katie Western practices her lines for the upcoming National Weather Festival. She’s majoring in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and is one of the festival’s Weather Friends, a group of superheroes representing each kind of severe weather. Katie’s character goes by the name “Swirl Girl.” She’ll run around in a costume and answer questions about tornado preparedness. And even though it’s fun, Katie realizes her role may be more important this year than it has been in years past. 

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4-H Members Pick 20,000 Pounds
6:21 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Sweet Harvest Will Feed 80,000 People

Credit Wally Hartshorn / Flickr.com

More than 100 4-H members from Caddo County spent their Friday morning picking thousands of pounds of sweet potatoes that will be donated to the hungry just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Making Sure Grades Are Accurate
4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

School Report Card Reprieve

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The Oklahoma State Department of Education says the release of school report cards will be delayed.

The department said Friday that release of the reports that grade schools on an A through F scale will be postponed until after a special meeting of the State Board of Education within the next two weeks. The board had been scheduled to discuss the reports at its meeting on Tuesday.

State Superintendent Janet Barresi says the delay is due to "an abundance of caution" to make sure the grades are accurate.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

World Views: October 25, 2013

Listen to the entire October 25, 2013 episode.

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss record levels of smog that are forcing the closure of schools and businesses in Northeast China, and heavy-handed tactics by Russia toward its former Soviet neighbors.

University of Oklahoma historian Kyle Harper joins the program to talk about how smallpox and the bubonic plague contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. His latest project focuses on the effects of disease and climate change on the history of civilization.

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World Views
2:59 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

European Union Warns Russia Over Ukraine, Moldova Pressure

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
Credit Presidential Press and Information Office / maiak.info / Flickr Creative Commons

European Union trade ministers are warning Russia to stop pressuring neighborhood countries that seek closer ties with the EU.

Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says since the end of the Cold War, countries that once served as Russia’s “buffer zone” increasingly look to the West.

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