Law
6:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Too Often, Some Say, Volunteer Officers Just Want To Play Cop

Robert Bates (left), a Tulsa County, Okla., reserve deputy, leaves his arraignment Tuesday with his attorney. Bates fatally shot a suspect who was pinned down by officers, raising alarms about volunteer police officers who wear badges and carry guns.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:21 pm

Bob Ball is a real estate investor in Portland, Ore., but that's just his day job. For the past 20 years, he has also been a volunteer cop.

"When I was new, it was the best time of my life. I got to go out there and wear a white hat and help people and make a difference in my community, one little piece at a time," Ball says. "That's a very, very fulfilling thing to do."

This is real police work. On one occasion, Ball had to pull his gun on a guy threatening a woman with a knife.

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Energy
6:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Researchers Fly Over Shale Fields To Study Air Pollution

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

New Mix: Alabama Shakes, J Fernandez & John Moreland

Alabama Shakes
alabamashakes.com

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we look at the weird new record from Alabama Shakes, personal and distinct psychedelia from J Fernandez, and the critically acclaimed new album from Tulsa's John Moreland.

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

OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
11:24 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Air Force Sergeant Stood In Police Lineup With Timothy McVeigh

Air Force senior master sergeant Gary Kirby stood in a police lineup with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in 1995.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 7:56 am

It was supposed to be Gary Kirby’s day off when the senior airman in the United States Air Force got a call from his first sergeant. The request: Come back to Tinker Air Force Base dressed in a pair of blue jeans, a white t-shirt and white socks.

Kirby, now a senior master sergeant, showed up at the headquarters building to find a big, blue Air Force bus. He climbed on board, where he found between 40 and 50 guys --- and all of them looked like him.

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JenX with Jennifer Lindsey McClintock
8:50 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Dealing with Poverty

The idea of poverty strikes fear in many Americans who often ridicule and criticize those struggling to survive.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Lindsey McClintock looks at how we treat the poor and downtrodden.


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The Two-Way
8:20 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Blue Bell Widens Recall To All Of Its Products Over Listeria Worries

After initially recalling products made at its Oklahoma facility, Blue Bell is now asking retailers and customers to throw away or return all of its products currently on the market.
Blue Bell

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:04 am

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has widely expanded a voluntary recall over Listeria concerns, seeking the return of all of its products currently on the market. Blue Bell products are sold in 23 states.

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Headlines
8:11 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Headlines: Tulsa Sheriff, Norman Guns & GPS Stalking

Headlines for Tuesday, April 21, 2015:

  • Tulsa Sheriff offers sympathy to family of man killed by a reserve deputy. (Reuters)

  • Attorney for Eric Harris' family questions the sheriff's office after a weekend release of training records. (KWGS)

  • A new link between earthquakes and disposal wells. (Journal Record)

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Here & Now
3:23 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

University Of Oklahoma's New Diversity Chief: 'We Can Do Better'

Tape with the word "UNHEARD" covers the mouth of the sculpture "The Sower" at the University of Oklahoma on March 11, 2015 in Norman, Oklahoma. The statue was marked by the black student group OU UNHEARD at the university. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 3:23 pm

The University of Oklahoma’s first chief diversity officer starts his new job soon, three months after the university kicked out a fraternity and expelled two students who were seen on video leading a racist chant.

University president David Boren was praised for acting swiftly once the video was made public last month. But the University of Oklahoma is one of only four schools in the Big 12 Conference without a chief diversity officer.

Some minority students at the university are asking, what took the university president so long to hire one?

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Headlines
8:02 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Headlines: Remembering Tragedy, Stillwater Drilling & Broke GOP

Headlines for Monday, April 20, 2015:

  • Reflections on an April morning 20 years ago. (NewsOK)
     
  • New records raise questions over a gun used by a reserve deputy in a fatal shooting earlier this month. (Tulsa World)

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NPR Ed
5:01 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Anti-Test 'Opt-Out' Movement Makes A Wave In New York State

A school bus passes a sign encouraging parents to have their children opt out of state tests in Rotterdam, N.Y.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:25 am

Across New York state this week, some students are refusing to take a test, and they're not getting punished for it. The test is a Common Core-aligned, federally mandated exam, and students, parents and educators are part of what they're calling the opt-out movement.

Opt-outs made news last week in several states: Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, to name a few. The objections are similar everywhere. But no state is posting numbers like New York.

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