Governor Pressures House
5:27 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Fallin Vetoes 15 Bills, Threatens More

  Governor Fallin wants to see more substantive work done in by State Representatives saying too many big problems are being ignored.

Fallin vetoed 15 House bills on Tuesday just to prove her point.

Fallin wants the State House to start focusing on what she calls substantive bills like prescription drug abuse, changing the pension system and a bond for capitol repairs.

To get the attention of Representatives she vetoed 15 bills she says are not relevant to the people of Oklahoma.

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4:01 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Woody Guthrie Center Becomes Grammy Museum Affiliate

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The Woody Guthrie Center became the first U.S. affiliate of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum Tuesday, which officials said will greatly expand the opportunities for both institutions. The Woody Guthrie Center joins the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica, which was announced as the first Grammy Museum affiliate in February. The Grammy Museum also has established partnerships with the University of Southern California and Oregon State University.
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Oklahoma Tornado Project
8:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Three Years Later, Norman Residents Still Wait For Storm Shelter Rebates

Karen Stark stands in her newly installed safe room in her garage in Norman.
Credit Kate Carlton / KGOU/Oklahoma Tornado Project

Tornado season has returned once again, and after the experience of last year, many Oklahomans are re-assessing their safety plans and prepping their designated refuge areas. 

For some people, that just means cleaning out their safe room. But for others, this weekend’s tornado scare was a reminder that they still haven’t gotten funding they were promised to build safe rooms.

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Lawmakers Take On Supreme Court
8:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

23rd & Lincoln: Judicial Review

  The Journal Record's Marie Price looks at recent attacks by the legislature on the judicial system in this week's 23rd & Lincoln.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol at jrlr.net

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7:44 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Where Vapor Comes Sweeping Down the Plain

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"In the last 18 months, the number of vaping shops in [Oklahoma] jumped from a handful to 300, with names like Vapor Haven, the Vape Hut, Vapor World, Creative Vapor and Patriotic Vapes."
Nick Whitson, who is 32 and covered with enigmatic tattoos - the number 13, an upside-down cross - stood in front of a table scattered with dozens of bottles of colorful liquids and a handful of syringes, preparing to mix Trevor Curren his usual.
Career Advance
5:19 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Struggling To Get Out Of Poverty: The 'Two Generation' Approach

Tiffany Contreras gives a presentation in a nutrition class at Tulsa Community College. She's pursuing a degree in nursing as part of the Career Advance program.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 2:15 pm

Policy makers and thinkers have long debated how best to help low-income families break the cycle of generational poverty. A lot of people think one key is high-quality early childhood education. Others say equally important is support parents with job training and education, to get them into stable, decent paying jobs.

In Tulsa, Okla., an experimental program is trying to do both. Career Advance gives vulnerable mothers access to high-quality preschool as well as to life coaching, financial incentives and intensive job training in in-demand fields like nursing and health care.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
1:30 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Damage Control for Supt. Janet Barresi

Superintendent Janet Barresi filing for reelection

This Week in Oklahoma Politics Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and former Democratic lawmaker Sid Hudson talk about the testing outage which sent the State Department of Education into damage control more, the Governor is getting her long awaited tax cut bill, a bond issue for Capitol repairs goes down in flames in the State House and the Senate advances a measure to give more money to education.

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Film
11:46 am
Fri April 25, 2014

21 Elementz Film Festival Calls For Student Entries Before April 28th Deadline

Credit 21 Elementz Productions / Langston University

The state’s largest college short-film festival is still accepting entries through Monday.  KOSU’s Nikole Robinson Carroll has the details.

  Students interested in submitting films to the 21 Elementz Film Festival can find out more and apply at 21Elementzproductions.blogspot.com.  All submissions are due Monday, April 28th.

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Heavy Rotation
2:03 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 12:51 pm

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

What an Oklahoma Grazing Land Can Teach Us About Global Climate Change

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Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 3:39 pm

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Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Ph.D. student and research assistant Yuting Zhou installs a sensor in an experimental wheat field at the Grazinglands Research Lab in El Reno, Okla.

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