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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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Law
1:25 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

What The Supreme Court Rulings Mean For Unions, Religious Freedom

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:20 pm

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The Two-Way
6:08 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Oklahoma, Arizona Inmates Sue To Stop Executions

The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Inmates there say that multi-drug executions are a form of human experimentation.
AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 11:38 am

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.

The inmates are not challenging their convictions or death sentences, only the way in which the sentences are to be carried out, notes the Guardian.

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Law
5:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Judge's Ruling in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case May Affect Oklahoma Law

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

Oklahoma may be affected by a ruling today on Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Utah today, saying that the ban goes against the 14th Amendment which guarantees due process and equal protection to every person in every State of the Union.

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.

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Law
4:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling

Peggy Tomsic (center), attorney for three same-sex couples, claps in celebration after the 10th Circuit Court in Denver rejected a same-sex marriage ban in Utah on Wednesday in Salt Lake City.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:24 am

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.

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.

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Native Language & Culture
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

KOSU Joins Clinton Global Initiative Project to Preserve American Indian Languages

KOSU's Kelly Burley looks on as David Crawler translates a children's story From English to Cherokee.
KOSU

There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken on planet Earth.  But more than half of those could vanish before the end of this century, and nowhere is the problem more evident than in Oklahoma.  Kelly Burley has more on the challenge at hand, and what KOSU will be doing to help turn an idea into action in the revitalization of some of our state’s American Indian languages.

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Code Switch
4:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:14 pm

Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived.

Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans.

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