Headlines
8:09 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Headlines: Oklahoma Voters, Hispanic Population & OSU's Quarterback

Headlines for Monday, July 27, 2015:

  • Authorities are still trying to figure out what happened in the mass murder of a family in Broken Arrow. (Tulsa World)

  • Funds to fix Oklahoma roads over 25 years is falling short. (NewsOK)

  • The State Democratic Party welcomes Independent voters into its primaries. (NewsOK)

Read more
Local News
5:11 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

Oklahoma Takes A Hard Look At What Police Seize — And How It's Spent

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:03 pm

In Oklahoma, some people in charge of enforcing the law seem to be skirting it. State audits have found people in district attorney offices have used seized money and property to live rent-free and pay off student loans.

When state Sen. Kyle Loveless first heard about the audits, he'd already been thinking about amending the civil asset forfeiture laws — mainly because the state doesn't always follow the law.

Read more
Law
7:41 am
Sun July 26, 2015

On ADA Anniversary, Some Blame The Law For Low Employment

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 11:13 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Twenty-five years ago today, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on the White House lawn with this promise.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

Read more
Politics
6:21 pm
Sat July 25, 2015

Oklahoma Democrats Vote to Open Primaries to Independents

Registered independents in Oklahoma will now be able to vote in Democratic primaries.

The vote by the Oklahoma Democratic Party to allow the move came during the reconvening of its State Convention in Oklahoma City on Saturday.

With the approval, independents will be able to vote in elections as soon as September.

New Party Chairman Mark Hammons supports the move and said he believes it would help Democratic candidates appeal to more voters. Some longtime party activists contend it could water down the party's message.

The Two-Way
8:18 am
Sat July 25, 2015

Pentagon Asks 'Armed Citizens' Not To Stand Guard At Recruiting Centers

Zachary Gallegos, 23, stands guard outside the Armed Services Recruiting Center on Thursday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Pentagon has asked such self-appointed "armed citizens" to leave, citing security concerns.
Kevin Burbach AP

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 1:12 pm

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

The Defense Department, reacting to armed citizens appearing in front of military recruiting offices around the country since last week's fatal shootings of five U.S. servicemen in Chattanooga, Tenn., has asked that "individuals not stand guard" on federal property.

Read more
US News
7:48 am
Sat July 25, 2015

A Navajo Speaker Says The Language Connects Her With Her Culture

Supporters of Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene were unhappy last October when a court determined that he did not meet the language requirement.
Felicia Fonseca AP

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 10:55 am

Should the president of the Navajo Nation be required to speak fluent Navajo?

The Navajo Nation held a referendum on that question this week, and the majority voted no.

The vote was victory for supporters of a Navajo presidential candidate who was disqualified last fall because he didn't speak the language fluently. The next Navajo Nation election is in 2018.

Read more
3:45 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

NY Times Profiles Oklahoma City's R&J Lounge and Supper Club

The New York Times entered the tiny Oklahoma City spot to find fried catfish, tiki drinks, and a great music selection.
When I tugged open the door to R&J Lounge and Supper Club, a midcentury-inspired restaurant, I expected plumes of cigarette smoke to waft into the air.
Arts Education
1:13 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Pilot Program Gives Inner City Girls Exposure to the Arts

Magdalena Escobedo, 10, shows off her painting at the Oklahoma City Girl's Art School.
Emily Wendler KOSU

In the midst of budget cuts for education, and extracurriculars being shoved aside, some people in Oklahoma are going to great lengths to ensure exposure to the arts doesn’t disappear for students. 

In the back of an art studio in Oklahoma City, 10-year-old Magdalena Escobedo is painting a picture of a place she'd like to take her Mom one day.

"I’ve got a pond, well it's more like a lake. And then I have a campfire with rocks around it right here and then I have a tent," she said. "And I have a lot of evergreen trees."

She's participating in a free, two week pilot program that brings art classes to young girls in the inner city. Escobedo says she's learned about tinting and shading, watercolors,  and adding texture to her art.  

Read more
Headlines
8:48 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Headlines: Broken Arrow Murders, Weekend Heat & 2015 Oklahoma Music

Headlines for Friday, July 24, 2015:

  • The Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow is reeling after what is being called an unprecedented family tragedy. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City is looking into its options on the American Indian Cultural Center. (NewsOK)

  • Architectural plans for OKC MAPS3 park are coming soon. (NewsOK)

Read more
Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Kids Get Crash Course in Comic Books

The Sterling Gates Fan Page on Facebook

This weekend, DC Comics writer Sterling Gates will host a comics writing seminar for kids at three libraries in Oklahoma City.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Gates about his interest in comics and what kind of advice he gives to aspiring writers.

The first two workshops are taking place Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Southern Oaks Library and at 4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, and Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Edmond Library. You can find out more information at MetroLibraries.org.

Read more

Pages