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Headlines
8:08 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Headlines: Injection Wells, Deputy Plea & Poop

Headlines for Wednesday, April 22, 2015:

  • Report shows racial disparity in discipline of OKC School Students. (NewsOK)
     
  • Geological Survey links injection wells with earthquakes. (State Impact)
     
  • A delay by the Stillwater City Council on regulations over drilling is raising concerns among residents in the area.  (KFOR)

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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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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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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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The Two-Way
12:49 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

2 Decades Later, 168 Victims Of Oklahoma City Attack Are Remembered

Spectators bow their heads during a moment of silence during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, on Sunday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:50 pm

Twenty years ago today, Timothy McVeigh — an Army veteran with strong anti-government views — drove a rental truck containing a massive homemade bomb up to the front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, lit the fuse and walked away.

The result was the worst act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. It took the lives of 168 people, including many children attending a daycare in the targeted building.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
7:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Remembering The Day The Murrah Building Was Bombed

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 11:00 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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The Two-Way
5:57 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oklahoma Approves Nitrogen Asphyxiation For Executions

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:02 pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law today allowing nitrogen to be used in executions in the state in case lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or the drugs are not available.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
5:12 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oklahoma City Bombing A 'Wake-Up Call' For Government Security

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was "literally right up against the road so it was extremely vulnerable," said architect Barbara Nadel. One of the government's first responses was to close a two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 1:22 pm

Twenty years ago this Sunday, a truck bomb exploded next to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. One hundred sixty-eight people were killed in the blast, hundreds were injured.

The bombing prompted heightened security at federal buildings — around the nation, and especially here in Washington.

One of the government's first responses to the bombing was closing a two-block stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

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