Around The State
12:51 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Properties Tied To Famous Oklahoma Women To Be Surveyed

Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller, one of several Oklahoma women Alyson Greiner plans to research.
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An Oklahoma State University professor is set to start examining historical properties associated with famous women in the Sooner State later this month.

Alyson Greiner says the project will last about nine months and her research will be sent to the State Historic Preservation Office. The hope is to nominate some of the properties associated with the women to the National Register of Historic Places or to update current landmark listings with the role women played.

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Native American
11:35 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Cherokee Nation's Economic Impact On Oklahoma Is $1.3 Billion

The Cherokee Casino in Tahlequah, Okla.
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A new report shows the Cherokee Nation had a $1.3 billion economic impact on the state of Oklahoma during 2012.

The report says the Cherokee Nation government and business operations directly accounted for more than 8,000 jobs and an additional 1,160 contract employees.

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Corrections
9:40 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Oklahoma AG: Pardon And Parole Board Can Continue Considering More Crimes Violent

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The Pardon and Parole Board can continue its practice of treating some offenders’ crimes as violent even though the offenses are not included in two statutory lists of violent crimes, board members were informed Monday.

Tracy George, Pardon and Parole Board interim executive director, said a recent attorney general’s opinion reaffirmed the practice of treating some crimes as violent although they are not among the violent offenses listed in statute.

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eCapitol
7:41 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Teacher Shortages Continue To Leave Numerous Vacancies In Oklahoma

Teacher shortages continue to increase across the state despite small progress made last session via legislation that would allow alternative certification for special education teachers through the use of a “boot camp.”

Since the state Board of Education approved the boot camps in the spring, the department has approved five providers and offered two boot camps itself, serving just over 100 participants.

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College Football
6:20 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

OSU: Former NCAA Official To Investigate Charges of Misconduct

Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.
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Oklahoma State University has appointed a former NCAA official to investigate alleged misconduct in the Cowboy football program.

OSU President Burns Hargis and the Board of Regents announced Monday that Charles E. Smrt will lead an independent review of alleged violations reported by Sports Illustrated.

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Human Trafficking
4:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

42 Arrested In Oklahoma Sex Trafficking Investigation

Anonymous Female Prostitute
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A total of 42 people have been arrested following a four-day investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics into sex trafficking in northeastern Oklahoma.

A spokesman for the agency, Mark Woodward, says OBN's Human Trafficking Unit launched the investigation after learning that individuals, including minors, were being forced into prostitution in Tulsa, Rogers, Ottawa, and Delaware counties.

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Manager's Desk
1:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Support Public Radio

Support Public Radio!
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September 15, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.  

I’ve been talking about the sound reporting that public media presents every day.  That sound reporting is a major effort for both NPR and KGOU. 

NPR maintains 16 foreign bureaus and has an additional 7 foreign reporters.  On the domestic side, NPR has 20 bureaus throughout the states – and the closest one to us is in Dallas.  It means that NPR can respond to breaking news and provide deeper stories to understand that news.

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Oklahoma Politics
11:10 am
Mon September 16, 2013

GOP Takeover In Oklahoma Explained

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It wasn’t long ago that to be involved in a meaningful way in Oklahoma politics, office seekers had to have a “D” after their names. But in just a few years, that has turned around so that an “R” is now necessary to have a significant influence in state politics.

That change was not as sudden as it seems, according to political consultant Pat McFerron,“To me the question isn’t, ‘Why we’re so Republican now? It’s why were we so Democrat before?’”

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Elections
10:31 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Independent Voters Outpacing GOP And Democrats In Oklahoma

2012 Oklahoma presidential election results. The darker red the county, the higher the vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
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Election officials say the number of independent voters has outpaced Republicans and Democrats in new voter registrations this year.

In March, Election Board officials removed about 145,000 inactive voters from the rolls. According to the Tulsa World, independents have added 4,582 new voters since then.

Republicans have added 1,544 new voters, while Democrats have decreased by 3,306.

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Transportation
8:04 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Hundreds Of Oklahoma Bridges Outdated, In Poor Condition

Highway 51 bridge between Wagoner and Coweta, Okla. taken in 2009. After years of serving it's purpose, it is being replaced by a more standardized and safer deck.
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Despite increases in transportation funding and an aggressive program to improve the state's roads and bridges, federal data shows hundreds of Oklahoma bridges are outdated and in poor condition.

An Associated Press analysis of bridges in the National Bridge Inventory shows Oklahoma had 414 bridges across the state that are both structurally deficient and fracture critical.

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