Sports
3:02 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

NCAA Puts Oklahoma State Football on Probation for Infractions

The NCAA has put Oklahoma State's football program on a year of probation for failing to follow its own drug-testing policies.

The Committee on Infractions also ordered Oklahoma State to suspend its Orange Pride student group after determining its all-female membership violated recruiting rules.

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KCRW Favorite Sessions
2:45 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

KCRW Presents: Other Lives

Other Lives performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz / KCRW

After relocating to Portland, Oregon, from their native Stillwater, Oklahoma, Other Lives used the new surroundings for a different perspective on their new album. The result is their third studio release, Rituals, which marries an orchestral rock sound with a classic singer-songwriter sensibility. New songs like "Easy Way" were standouts in their latest visit to KCRW.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Deputy Vacation, Injection Wells & Norman Guns

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the weekly news concerning Robert Bates accused of shooting and killing an unarmed, restrained black man and the link by the Oklahoma Geological Survey between injection wells and earthquakes.

The trio also discuss Right to Farm legislation passing through the capitol and a Constitutional Convention Amendment which failed as well as a judges decision allowing Norman Music Festival goers to bring weapons.

Headlines
8:03 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Headlines: Reserve Deputy, Man-Made Earthquakes & Norman Guns

Headlines for Friday, April 24, 2015:

  • The family of a man slain by a reserve deputy is demanding records of a prior investigation (Tulsa World)

  • Norman attorneys plan to continue legal inquiry in guns at the Norman Music Festival. (NewsOK)

  • A national report shines the light on Oklahoma’s risk of man-made earthquakes. (Tulsa World)

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Thu April 23, 2015

U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

President Obama expresses his condolences today to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:31 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

President Obama offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Both men were held hostage by al-Qaida.

"I take full responsibility for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qaida," Obama said.

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Headlines
8:25 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Headlines: Same Sex Bill, Nursing Home Lawsuits & Coach Brooks Gone

Headlines for Thursday, April 23, 2015:

  • A Tulsa judge considers his own recusal in the case against a Sheriff’s reserve deputy. (Tulsa World)

  • A couple of bill targeting same sex marriage cases heads to the Governor. (Tulsa World)

  • The State House moves forward with a bill to ban local governments from ordinances on drilling. (NewsOK)

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Environment
4:25 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, gestures to a chart of Oklahoma earthquakes in June 2014 as he talks about recent earthquake activity at his offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The state had three times as many earthquakes as California last year.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:25 pm

A magnitude-3.0 earthquake is small, but most people can feel it. Historically, Oklahoma got less than two of those a year, but in 2013 it became two a week.

It's only gotten more active since then — last year, the state had three times as many earthquakes as in the entire seismically active state of California.

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Politics
7:06 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Visiting The Everglades, Obama Takes Swipe At Climate Change Deniers

"Part of the reason we're here is because climate change is threatening this treasure and the communities that depend on it," Obama said Wednesday of his visit to Everglades National Park in Florida. "If we don't act, there may not be an Everglades as we know it."
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

President Obama used the backdrop of the Florida Everglades this Earth Day to highlight the dangers posed by a changing climate. He also took a swipe at Florida's Republican governor, who's been accused of discouraging state workers from discussing global warming.

"Climate change can no longer be denied," Obama said. "It can't be edited out. It can't be omitted from the conversation. And action can no longer be delayed."

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Sports
6:07 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Coach Scott Brooks After 7 Years

Scott Brooks
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired coach Scott Brooks.

The team made the announcement Wednesday.

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School Suspensions
4:48 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Oklahoma City Public Schools Discipline Audit Finds Inconsistencies, Prompts Changes

Last fall, the Office of Civil Rights filed a complaint against Oklahoma City Public Schools, saying the district suspended black and Hispanic students at a higher rate than others. This prompted the district to investigate their discipline practices. The results of that investigation came out Monday. 

Rob Neu, who is the superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, told reporters on Tuesday  that the results of the discipline audit were worse than he expected.

“When I see the number of students suspended and the length of time that they’re being suspended—I have great concern.”

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