Around the Nation
10:40 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

New Transmission Line To Carry Wind Energy Not Met With Open Arms

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The Two-Way
8:55 am
Wed March 11, 2015

2 Oklahoma Students Seen In Racist Fraternity Video Apologize

University of Oklahoma students march to the now-closed Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house during a rally against racism Tuesday. Two former members of the fraternity have apologized for their roles in a video that showed them singing a racist chant.
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Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 2:04 pm

Two men who were in a video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon members singing a racist chant have apologized for their actions, with one of the now-former fraternity brothers saying he had learned "a devastating lesson."

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8:01 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Headlines: Expelled Students, Ten Commandments & Pi Beer

Headlines for Wednesday, March 11, 2015:

  • Two frat members involved in a racist video are getting expelled from OU. (NewsOK)
  • Racial controversy in Oklahoma goes beyond a chant from an OU fraternity. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • The editorial board of The Oklahoma Daily Newspaper is calling for diversity training after a racist video from a fraternity went viral. (Oklahoma Daily)

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Back At Base
3:43 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Veterans Choice Act Fails To Ease Travel Burdens For Vets In Need Of Care

While the Veterans Choice Act seems simple, making it work hasn't been as easy.

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 11:27 am

Veterans who need to see a doctor often have to travel long distances – 40 miles or more – to get to a Department of Veterans Affairs facility. So last year, after scandals involving long wait times for vets, Congress tried to make getting care easier.

The Veterans Choice Act gives veterans the option of using a doctor outside the VA system if VA facilities are more than 40 miles away, or there's more than a 30-day wait for an appointment.

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3:36 am
Wed March 11, 2015

States Aim To Restrict Medically Induced Abortions

A view of the eastern entrance to the Ohio Statehouse.
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Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:08 pm

Of the million or so women who have abortions every year in the U.S., nearly a quarter end their pregnancy using medications. But just as states have been passing a record number of restrictions on surgical abortion, more are trying to limit this option as well.

One of the country's strictest laws is in Ohio. To understand it, a little history helps.

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The Two-Way
8:46 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Utah Lawmakers OK Firing Squad If Lethal Injection Unavailable

Utah's Senate has approved a measure that would allow a firing squad to carry out the death penalty if the drug to carry out lethal injections is unavailable.

The vote was 18-10, and it's unclear if Republican Gov. Gary Herbert will sign the measure, which would make Utah the only state in the nation to allow firing squads, into law. The state abandoned the practice a little more than a decade ago.

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Local News
5:55 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Oklahoma University Cuts Ties With Fraternity After Racist Video Posted

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

New Mix: Courtney Barnett, John Moreland & Grimes

Courtney Barnett
Neil McCarty

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the poignant songwriting of Courtney Barnett, the title track from the upcoming John Moreland album, and a new dance-pop track from Grimes.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

Bombing Anniversary Stories
4:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Your Stories: The OKC Bombing 20 Years Later

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Nearly 50 people have already contributed to the community story that will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.  Some of the stories are haunting and really made us stop and think like this one from Lindsey Wilson

"I was 5 years old and was at Baptist Hospital.  We were there for a procedure for my dad.  I was in the elevator with my mother and grandparents.  I'll never forget when the elevator shook from the blast.  I remember looking up to my pawpaw and asking him what it was.  He just made something up like 'a helicopter landing'.  The next thing I remember is them moving my dad to a bed in the emergency room and looking out through the drapes as survivors were brought in.  The image of people with soot and blood all over them is etched in my memory." 

It was a horrific act of terrorism, and we want to honor our collective experience in a documentary.  Oklahoma Public Media Exchange partners including KOSU and KGOU are teaming up to present a comprehensive collection of stories to mark the anniversary.  We all remember exactly where we were that day, whether we were in high school or just sitting down to work.  We're looking to tell the community's story, especially stories that and untold or undertold?

Where were you that day?  Did you feel or see the detonation? Where were you when you heard the news? How were you called upon to help in the aftermath? How were you affected? Do you have a friend or neighbor who has an amazing story that tells the experience in a way that we all need to hear.

If you are willing to share your memories and stories from that day and the impact on your life, we'd like to hear from you. You can share your story on this specially dedicated site, and we may contact you later for more information.  We'll also be recording listeners' recollections on a specially dedicated phone line -- (405) 325-8700 -- and sharing them on the air and online. If you know someone with a story to tell, please encourage them to call, too.

The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

University Of Oklahoma Expels 2 Students Seen As Leading Racist Chant

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 8:30 pm

Updated at 8:28 p.m. ET

One of the students seen in a video in which fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma chant a racist song has apologized for his actions, as have the parents of another student seen in the video.

Parker Rice, one of the students, apologized in a statement published by the Dallas Morning News. He called his actions "wrong and reckless."

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