StateImpact Oklahoma
2:16 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Survivors of "Black Sunday" Dust Storm Commemorate 80th Anniversary

Dust Bowl survivor Pauline Hodges traveled to the Oklahoma Capitol to speak at an event commemorating the 80th anniversary of the "Black Sunday" dust storm.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

On April 14, 1935, a rolling mountain of dust and sand swept through Oklahoma, choked out the sun and filled homes with dirt piles so high residents had to clean their homes with shovels. Survivors of the storm met Tuesday at the state Capitol to mark the eightieth anniversary of “Black Sunday."

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon near the town of Forgan in Oklahoma’s Panhandle. Pauline Hodges was 5-years-old at the time. She and her mother were visiting a neighbor when her friend’s father ran up to the backdoor and yelled...

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Here & Now
11:04 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Police Video Shows Killing Of Black Oklahoma Suspect

In this frame from the video released by police, Eric Harris is held down after being shot by reserve deputy Robert Bates.

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 3:49 pm

A man can be heard apologizing and admitting to shooting a man in a video released at the weekend that documents the killing of a black suspect by a white reserve sheriff’s deputy in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Police have said that the 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at 44-year-old Eric Harris in the April 2 incident.

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8:15 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Deputy Shooting, Anti-Abortion Law & Legislative Successors

Headlines for Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

  • The Tulsa County District Attorney files charges against a long time Tulsa County Reserve Deputy. (Tulsa World)

  • A new challenge could be coming to the state’s new workers comp system. (Journal Record)

  • Jury selection starts in Australian Baseball player murder trial. (NewsOK)

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
8:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

OCU Theatre Students Portray Survivors of OKC Bombing in Verbatim Play

Michelle Roselle (right) is a senior at Oklahoma City University and portrays Oklahoma City bombing survivor Florence Rogers (left) in "The 20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project," a play from Oklahoma City University’s School of Theatre.

Everyone remembers exactly where they were when they found out about the Murrah Building bombing on April 19, 1995. It’s a moment frozen in time.

"I was in southeast London, I was directing a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the ICA, and I was in a rehearsal and a friend of mine came in and said ‘you have to watch the television’," says Brian Parsons, the associate dean of Oklahoma City University’s School of Theatre.

But what do you do if you can’t remember? There’s now an entire generation of young 20-somethings who have no recollection of that day or the lessons learned. So, Parsons is using art to help.

"We didn’t want to recreate that day because that day doesn’t need recreating," he says. "We wanted to really show that out of evil and out of tragedy comes beauty and hope."

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5:01 am
Tue April 14, 2015

As Country Changes, Rubio And Republicans Try To Adjust

A protester in front of Sen. Marco Rubio's Doral, Fla., office in 2013 urges Rubio to stop opposing the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in the Senate's immigration bill.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 12:10 pm

Navigating cultural issues like same-sex marriage and immigration has proved tricky for Republicans.

The country has grown rapidly more accepting of gay and lesbian marriage and relationships. And despite a shrinking base of white support and a fast-growing Latino population, Republicans have struggled to adjust.

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5:01 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Republicans Are Making Foreign Policy The Obamacare Of The 2016 Election

Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questions Secretary of State John Kerry on Capitol Hill last month. In an interview with NPR, Rubio reiterated his opposition to President Obama's dealings with Iran and Cuba.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 1:35 pm

In 2012, Republicans unanimously made a vow. If their party captured the White House, they would repeal President Obama's signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

In 2016, they've added something else: the reversal of Obama's signature foreign policy achievements, his outreach to hostile nations.

In his second term, Obama has been working to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than half a century. His administration has also been negotiating a deal to limit Iran's nuclear program.

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4:04 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Senators Try To Revise No Child Left Behind — A Few Years Behind

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the ESEA in 1965 with Kate Deadrich Loney, his first schoolteacher.
Yoichi Okamoto LBJ Presidential Library

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 7:53 pm

News flash: Members of the U.S. Senate will work across party lines Tuesday for the sake of America's students.

Well, at least for a few more days.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
11:51 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Mental Health Issues Linger For Oklahoma City Bombing Survivors, Responders

Paul Heath, 80, stands in front of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. He was in his fifth floor office of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building the day of the explosion in 1995.
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU


Paul Heath walks around the Oklahoma City National Memorial grounds, greeting visitors and making sure everyone has information about a self-guided tour.

Heath is a retired psychologist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. His office was on the fifth floor of the Murrah Building when the bomb exploded. The floor collapsed two feet in front of him.

“Here's what I actually thought, ‘God I don't want to die. I don't want to die today. If it's alright with you, I'll die later,’” Heath says. “That's exactly what I thought, and I was looking straight in the bomb pit.”

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The Two-Way
11:29 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio Officially Announces He's Running For President

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addresses an event held by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in January 2014 in Washington.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 8:56 am

Updated at 6:35 p.m. EDT.

Florida senator Marco Rubio officially announced that he is running for president during a speech in Miami on Monday. He told prospective donors he was launching his candidacy earlier today.

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9:12 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Headlines: Tornado Cleanup, Prescription Overdoses & Potholes

Headlines for Monday, April 13, 2015:

  • Legislation could be coming this session to give ownership of the Native American Cultural Center to Oklahoma City. (Journal Record)
  • Tulsans still dealing with cleanup in communities. (Tulsa World)

  • A bill allowing architects to give structural advice on storm preparedness and protection from lawsuits dies at the Capitol. (Journal Record)
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