World Views
4:30 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

World Views: September 20, 2013

Listen to the entire September 20, 2013 episode.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the righting of the Costa Concordia cruise liner off the coast of Italy, and the two-hour outage of Iran's internet firewall that allowed citizens access to social media. 

Later, a conversation with New Zealand filmmaker Costa Botes. He’s directed documentaries about Canadian sled dogs, a cross-dressing attorney, and the inventor of the Jelly Belly jelly bean.
 

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Sexual Battery
3:50 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Oklahoma State University Student Pleads Guilty

Oklahoma State University
Credit profmpc / Flickr.com

A former Oklahoma State University student has been sentenced to seven years' probation after he pleaded guilty to sexual battery charges.

Nathan Michael Cochran pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery on Friday. Prosecutors dismissed a fourth count.

Associate District Judge Stephen R. Kistler sentenced Cochran to seven years' probation and ordered him to complete a six-month in-patient substance abuse and behavioral treatment program.

He must also register as a sex offender.

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World Views
2:06 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Internet Firewall Failure Opens Window Of Optimism For Iranians

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Word of the opening of Iran's blocked social media sites was spread, of course, by social media itself: in celebratory tweets and breathless Facebook posts.

Hours later, the same sites Tuesday chewed over the sobering reality that the four-year-old firewalls were back in place.

"We've seen what social media does in other parts of the Middle East in terms of organizing protests and resistance to their governments," says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. "So it raises issues of censorship, but also the critical importance of social media in the public life."

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Immigration
12:12 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Oklahoma Higher Education Leaders Call For Immigration Changes

Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry

The presidents of 13 Oklahoma colleges and universities are calling on Oklahoma's five U.S. Representatives to work for passage of immigration reform this year.

A letter from the 13 to Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas, Markwayne Mullin, Jim Bridenstine and James Lankford calls for "a comprehensive, bipartisan solution."

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World Views
11:25 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Eyesore Shipwreck Now A Point Of Pride, Optimism For Italy

Turrets with strand jacks next to the wreck of the Costa Concordia near Giglio Island off the Tuscan coast of Italy - August 17, 2013
Credit Lwp Kommunikáció / Flickr Creative Commons

Engineers are declaring success after the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled upright during a 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany.

Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the project now allows for a renewed search for the two bodies that were never recovered from the 32 dead, and for the ship to eventually be towed away.

“For the families of the victims to move beyond this, there is some hope that they will be able to find some of these remains,” Cruise says.

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Native American
10:20 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Cherokee Nation, Freedmen Case Set For 2015 Hearing

Cherokee Nation Pow Wow from 2011.
Credit woodleywonderworks / Flickr Creative Commons

Oral arguments are set for next year in a long-running citizenship rights dispute between the Cherokee Nation and descendants of black slaves some tribal members once owned.

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports oral arguments are scheduled for April 28.

The tribe and the descendants — known as freedmen — have asked a federal court to sort out the dispute.

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Career Tech
9:44 am
Fri September 20, 2013

CareerTech To Create Biz Plan For Appropriation Request

Robert Sommers
Credit Governor Mary Fallin's Office

Career and Technology Education Executive Director Robert Sommers said Thursday the agency has been granted an extension with their budget request proposal.

In lieu of a traditional request, Sommers said the agency will put together a business plan outlining, not just the programs in the CareerTech system, but the value of the agency and its contribution to the state.

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Tribe, Wildlife Groups Together In Opposition
6:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Osage County Wind Project Sold To Foreign Company

Credit John Fraissinet / Flickr.com

Wind Capital Group has announced that it's selling its Osage County Wind development project to TradeWind Energy and its foreign parent company, but a local Indian tribe is still concerned the project may go ahead without required federal, environmental and cultural studies.

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Birth Control
5:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Plan B Now Readily Available At Indian Health Service Facilities

Credit Cory Doctorow / Flickr.com

Native women seeking emergency contraception at Indian  Health Services facilities run by the federal government now can get it without  a consultation or prescription. The agency confirms that Plan B and generic versions are being provided to  women 17 years and older at pharmacy windows.

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Politics and Government
12:49 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Oklahoma Lawmakers Say More Pension Changes Needed

State Rep. Randy McDaniel (R-Edmond)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Changes to Oklahoma's public pension systems in recent years have reduced their unfunded liability, but a state lawmaker says more changes are needed to assure their long-term financial health.

State Rep. Randy McDaniel of Edmond said Thursday the $11.6 billion unfunded liability of the state's pension systems poses a major financial challenge to state government. McDaniel says lawmakers must do more to secure retirement pensions for public employees because people are living longer and more people are receiving benefits.

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