Local News http://kosu.org en Tornado Victims Frustrated With SBA Loans http://kosu.org/post/tornado-victims-frustrated-sba-loans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a presidentially declared disaster like last year’s tornadoes in Central Oklahoma, the U.S. Small Business Administration often steps in, offering low-interest loans to help homeowners and businesses recover.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the SBA has been criticized in the past for being slow to respond.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:04:35 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer & Oklahoma Watch 5624 at http://kosu.org Tornado Victims Frustrated With SBA Loans Oklahoma Tornado Project: What's the Hold-Up on Tornado-Related HUD Spending? http://kosu.org/post/oklahoma-tornado-project-whats-hold-tornado-related-hud-spending <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 5351 at http://kosu.org Oklahoma Tornado Project: What's the Hold-Up on Tornado-Related HUD Spending? FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funds Don't Always Go Where Expected http://kosu.org/post/fema-hazard-mitigation-funds-dont-always-go-where-expected <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.<br /><br />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.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:58:18 +0000 Kate Carlton Greer 5305 at http://kosu.org FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funds Don't Always Go Where Expected Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero http://kosu.org/post/appreciating-james-garner-tvs-best-unhero I didn't know, watching Isaac Hayes push James Garner around on <em>The Rockford Files</em>, that I was seeing a special character continue an important television legacy.<p>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.<p>Perpetually strapped for cash and working a case that wasn't likely to change that situation, Rockford was a wrongly imprisoned ex-con who cloaked his heroism in a cynic's quips and world-weary attitude (Hayes was a physically intimidating fellow ex-con who always misp Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Eric Deggans 5287 at http://kosu.org Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86 http://kosu.org/post/james-garner-rockford-files-and-maverick-dies-86 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. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 editor 5274 at http://kosu.org Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage in Oklahoma http://kosu.org/post/appeals-court-rules-favor-same-sex-marriage-oklahoma <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A federal appeals court has ruled for the second time that states cannot prevent gay people from getting married.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:37:20 +0000 Associated Press 5210 at http://kosu.org Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage in Oklahoma What The Supreme Court Rulings Mean For Unions, Religious Freedom http://kosu.org/post/what-supreme-court-rulings-mean-unions-religious-freedom Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN: I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're focusing today on the final major rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court this term. The court ruled in favor of a challenge to the Affordable Care Act by a privately held craft store named Hobby Lobby. Whose owners objected on religious grounds to offering birth control coverage for their employees, as required by the healthcare law. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:25:00 +0000 editor 4465 at http://kosu.org Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions http://kosu.org/post/oklahoma-arizona-inmates-sue-stop-executions Death row inmates in two states are taking legal action to stop states from using the kind of multi-drug protocol that resulted in botched executions in Oklahoma and Ohio.<p>The inmates are not challenging their convictions or death sentences, only the way in which the sentences are to be carried out, notes the <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/25/oklahoma-death-row-inmates-file-lawsuit-unconstitutional-executions" target="_blank">Guardian</a>.<p>Twenty-one death row inmates in Oklahoma filed suit against state officials, arguing the three-drug method used in that state violat Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:08:00 +0000 editor 4346 at http://kosu.org Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions Judge's Ruling in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case May Affect Oklahoma Law http://kosu.org/post/judges-ruling-utah-same-sex-marriage-case-may-affect-oklahoma-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oklahoma may be affected by a ruling today on Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p>The 10<sup>th</sup> U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Utah today, saying that the ban goes against the 14<sup>th</sup> Amendment which guarantees due process and equal protection to every person in every State of the Union.</p><p>While an Oklahoma case is still pending, the principle involved in the Utah case applies to other states in the circuit, including Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:26:30 +0000 KOSU News 4231 at http://kosu.org Judge's Ruling in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case May Affect Oklahoma Law Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling http://kosu.org/post/strike-against-utah-gay-marriage-ban-paves-way-supreme-court-ruling A federal appeals court in Denver struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage Wednesday, paving the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue as soon as next year. The ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was the first by any federal appeals court on the issue to date.<p>While the ruling struck down the Utah ban, it applies to the other five states in the circuit: New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.<p>Utah officials said they would appeal and would seek a quick resolution of the issue. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 4230 at http://kosu.org Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling