Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:40 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Oklahoma Tornado Project: What's the Hold-Up on Tornado-Related HUD Spending?

Credit Flickr user Ken Teegardin / https://www.flickr.com/photos/teegardin/

In the year since a series of severe storms devastated Central Oklahoma, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded nearly 146-million-dollars to the city of Moore and the state to help with recovery. But so far, only a fraction of that has been spent. As part of our series with Oklahoma Watch tracking the federal funding, Kate Carlton Greer reports that spending the money has turned out to be more difficult than expected.

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Health
9:34 am
Tue July 22, 2014

The Immigrant Kids Have Health Issues — But Not The Ones You'd Think

Two young girls, part of the wave of unaccompanied children who've illegally entered the U.S., watch a soccer match at the Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Arizona.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 2:43 pm

Close to 60,000 children have crossed illegally into the U.S. since last October. They've sparked a crisis. But is it a humanitarian crisis or a public health one?

The children carry "swine flu, dengue fever, Ebola virus, and tuberculosis," and can spread the diseases to the U.S., wrote Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., a retired obstetrician-gynecologist, in a July 7 letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Blogs and Commentary
8:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

JenX: Watching Things Grow

Credit Flickr user whitnuld, a.k.a. Big Dubya / flickr.com/photos/whitnuld

  A seed, under proper and loving care, can produce delicious fruit.  This week on JenX, Jennifer James muses on how much more planting seeds can do for our kids.

Jennifer James is a public relations professional.  You can follow her blog at jenx67.com.

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Music News
4:42 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country'

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye, whose first single, "Girl In A Country Song," takes aim at one-dimensional representations of women in country music.
Kevin White Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:35 pm

No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. The young country duo Maddie & Tae aren't fans of the third element in the "bro-country" trinity.

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The Mix
12:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The Mix Hosts Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots & Idabel

Bill Noesges

KOSU, Dunlap Codding and Robot House Creative host The Mix, a  free monthly outdoor concert series in Oklahoma City.

The next edition of the series takes place at 7pm, Thursday, August 14 at DC on Film Row and will feature Norman zydeco band Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots and Oklahoma City three-piece folk band Idabel.

23rd & Lincoln
8:40 am
Mon July 21, 2014

A Look at the Decision to Overturn Oklahoma's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

On Friday of last week, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

In this week’s 23rd and Lincoln, The Journal Record’s Marie Price breaks down the decision for us.

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

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funds Don't Always Go Where Expected

Stillwater resident Hollie Schreiber received a government rebate on the storm shelter installed on her property after last tornado season.
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / Oklahoma Tornado Project

When federal aid started pouring into the state after last years’ storms, FEMA designated 4 million dollars for hazard mitigation – a tool used to protect communities from future severe weather through things like storm shelters.

As part of our series with Oklahoma Watch tracking the disaster relief funds, Kate Carlton Greer with the Oklahoma Tornado Project reports the communities you’d think might receive this kind of money sometimes don’t.

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Monkey See
4:41 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

James Garner plays Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files in a 1988 photo.
DPA /Landov

I didn't know, watching Isaac Hayes push James Garner around on The Rockford Files, that I was seeing a special character continue an important television legacy.

All I knew, as a devoted fan of Garner's put-upon private eye, was that Jim Rockford seemed like a kind of hero you never saw anywhere else on television.

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Television
10:48 am
Sun July 20, 2014

James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 12:09 pm

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

Local News
11:37 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage in Oklahoma

Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop, who are plaintiffs in a case challenging Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban.
Credit AP Photo / Brennan Linsley

A federal appeals court has ruled for the second time that states cannot prevent gay people from getting married.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday has found a ban on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma violates the U.S. Constitution. In a Utah case, the court ruled June 25 that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed.

Lower courts struck down Utah and Oklahoma's voter-approved bans in December and January, respectively.

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