World Views
4:25 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Shut Up And Give? Oklahomans Rethinking International Development And Philanthropy

A family in rural Bangladesh that sells milk to Grameen Danone Foods.
Chad Jordan Cornerstone International

Chad Jordan volunteered in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, but seeing the state of infrastructure, sanitation conditions, and the lack of financial services after decades and billions of dollars of humanitarian aid affected him even more than the temblor’s destruction.

“It’s really been used for projects that are corrupt,” Jordan says. “It doesn’t really go toward projects that are really sustaining people and focusing on business.”

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World Views
4:12 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

UPDATE: Obama Says He's Considering "Narrow" Syria Action

President Barack Obama meets with his National Security Staff to discuss the situation in Syria, in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 30, 2013.
Credit Pete Souza / The White House

President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria'sgovernment carried out last week.

“We don't know how hard they're going to hit [President Bashar] Assad, but clearly they're going to hit Assad,” says Joshua Landis, a leading Syria watcher and the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “What Obama articulated very clearly is that we can hit him hard enough to dissuade him from using chemical weapons again. So it's worth it to try to extend that and punish Assad and make him think twice about using again.”

Obama says that attack was a challenge to the world and threatens U.S. national security.

 

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Tornado Recovery
11:08 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Feds Give Oklahoma $37 Million In New Storm Aid

Survivors of May's tornado look at a car damaged in the storm.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The city of Moore and state of Oklahoma will receive nearly $37 million in federal aid to help recover from the May and June tornadoes and storms that killed dozens of people and caused damage estimated at more than $1 billion.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Friday that Moore will receive $23.6 million for recovery efforts from the May 20 tornado and the state will receive $10.6 million for storms that occurred from May 18 to June 2.

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OU Football
9:46 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Boren Postpones New Stadium Security Restrictions

OU is lifting new restrictions on purses and seat cushions for Saturday's game.
Credit allisonmeier / Flickr Creative Commons

New security measures set to take place Saturday as the University of Oklahoma football team opens its season against Louisiana-Monroe at home are being delayed.

An emailed statement from OU President David Boren says fans will be allowed to bring "purses of reasonable size and seat cushions" into the stadium.

Earlier this week, the university was alerting football fans to restrictions that would have limited purses to 10 inches by 10 inches and ban seat cushions and chair backs.

The statement from OU says the university "does not want to unduly inconvenience fans."

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Adoption Dispute
6:14 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

South Carolina Sending Deputies To Oklahoma In Cherokee Custody Case

Seal of the Cherokee Nation
Credit Cherokee Nation

A South Carolina sheriff says he has sent two deputies and a state agent to Oklahoma as the dispute over the adoption of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl continues.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon told The Post and Courier of Charleston he sent the officers Thursday morning because he thought they could assist authorities in Oklahoma.

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150 Jobs On The Line
4:17 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Impending Closure Of Casino Prompts Negotiations With Cherokee Nation

Keetoowah Casino
Credit peggydavis66 / Flickr.com

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians is hoping to negotiate with the Cherokee Nation to keep the Keetoowahs' Tahlequah casino open.

The Tulsa World reports that the Keetoowah Council voted to enter negotiations with the Cherokees to sign over the land to the Cherokee Nation — which would then lease it back to the Keetoowahs to keep the casino open.

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Syrian Civil War
3:06 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Inhofe On Syria: "We Just Can’t Take On Anything Else"

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says the Defense Department budget cuts due to sequestration have been too great to use military resources.
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Congress is in recess until September 9th, but lawmakers are calling for congressional involvement to any U.S. response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians last week.

This evening, U.S. House and Senate leaders will get a briefing from the White House. President Obama has said he is certain that the chemical weapon attack was initiated by Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

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School
12:28 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Longtime Okla. Democrat To Run For Superintendent

Credit Wesley Fryer / Flickr Creative Commons

The former chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is the latest candidate to announce they are running against first-term Republican State Superintendent Janet Barresi.

Longtime university professor Ivan Holmes officially announced his candidacy at a press conference Thursday at the state Capitol.

The 76-year-old joins a crowded field of Democrats seeking to oust Barresi, who also is facing a primary challenge from fellow Republican Joy Hofmeister, a former state school board member from Tulsa who was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin.

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Drought
11:20 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Dry Conditions Spread In Oklahoma

Parts of southwest Oklahoma remain in exceptional to extreme drought.
Credit Anthony Artusa / NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC

The worst drought categories are unchanged in Oklahoma this week, although abnormally dry conditions have spread into more areas of the state.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:01 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Twister Truths: Can Nothing Survive An EF5 Tornado?

The skeleton of a home on Lakeview Drive in Moore, which was ravaged by the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

This is part two in StateImpact Oklahoma's "Twister Truths" series where we use data to kick the tires on the conventional wisdom underlying severe weather policy in Oklahoma. Read part one here

Despite the risk that comes with living in Tornado Alley, many Oklahomans are reluctant to build tornado shelters. And state and local building codes don’t factor for twisters.

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