This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 13, 2015

OU Video, Ten Commandments & Vouchers

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant talk about the fallout over a racist video from a now former OU fraternity and a Federal judge dismissing a lawsuit against the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol.

Plus, Oklahoma's two Senators sign a letter to Iran regarding the treaty being worked up by President Obama, the author of a bill to create Education Savings Accounts removes his legislation and a bill ending state-issued marriage licenses in Oklahoma passes the House.

Arts & Culture
7:56 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Documentary Spotlights 'Wrecking Crew' Behind Hits of '60s, '70s

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Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Paint the Town Green at the O'City Parade

Oklahoma City is getting ready for a huge St. Patrick's Day celebration this weekend in Bricktown.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Bricktown District Manager Mallory O'Neill about the party which has something for all ages.

The O'City Parade takes place all over downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 10 a.m.

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Headlines
7:39 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Headlines: OU Inquiry, Cold Beer & a New Peanut

Headlines for Friday, March 13, 2015:

  • OU President David Boren calls for an inquiry into the officers at a now disbanded fraternity. (NewsOK)

  • OSU Student with same name as the Sigma Alpha Epsilon student leading a racist chant on video gets harassment online. (KERA)

  • High profile Enid attorney Stephen Jones is representing SAE in possible lawsuit against OU (KFOR)

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Local News
12:08 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

The 'Other' Parker Rice: How The OU Scandal Trapped A Student With The Same Name

This Parker Rice is a student at Oklahoma State University who's dealing with a social media deluge from people confusing him with the other Parker Rice, who's involved in the University of Oklahoma fraternity scandal.
Courtesy of Parker Rice

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 9:10 pm

This story is not about that Parker Rice -- the University of Oklahoma student from Dallas who was expelled this week after leading racist chants in a notorious fraternity video. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:14 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Why Fort Smith, Arkansas Is Planning Oklahoma’s Next Lake

The current Lee Creek Reservoir near Van Buren, Ark.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, the natural beauty of Lee Creek — one of the state’s scenic rivers — is protected by state law. In Arkansas, Lee Creek is an important water source for fast-growing Fort Smith. Now, Fort Smith has a plan to turn Lee Creek into Oklahoma’s next lake, and reignite a dispute that was settled more than 20 years ago.

A DECADES-OLD FIGHT

If Fort Smith had its way in late 80s and early 90s, there’d already be a large reservoir on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. The city’s plan back then was for a lake much larger than the current Lee Creek Reservoir that would spill into hundreds of acres of Sequoyah County — in Oklahoma.

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Carless in OKC
8:50 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Celebrating in the Streets of OKC

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Open Streets, a huge celebration in Oklahoma City, is coming to the Uptown 23rd Street District later this month.

In the final weekly edition of Carless in OKC, John and Elizabeth Tankard give us a taste of what we can expect this year.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

Headlines
8:04 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Headlines: Diversity, Vouchers & Paint

Headlines for Thursday, March 12, 2015:

  • OU students talk about issues of diversity and race at an open forum in Norman. (KGOU)

  • The University of Oklahoma is offering a job to the house cook at a now expelled fraternity. (OU Daily)
     
  • A bill opponents say would create school vouchers gets pulled by its author. (Tulsa World)

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Movie Reviews
5:03 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Lesser-Known Players Get Their Bows In 'The Wrecking Crew'

George Harrison and Joe Osborn in The Wrecking Crew.
Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:03 pm

In the mid-1960s, pop music moved its center of gravity from New York to Los Angeles. It was a seismic shift, but growing up in the cold drizzle of post-World War II London, what did I know from the West Coast Sound? I was just a rapt kid with my ear glued to Top-40 radio, dreaming of sun, surf and sex via the Beach Boys, the Mamas and Papas, Sam Cooke, The Supremes. In my fevered imagination, Spector's towering "wall of sound" had to have been recorded in a cathedral.

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

States Scramble To Deal With Shortages Of Execution Drugs

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