Marijuana
2:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma and Nebraska Challenge Colorado Marijuana Legalization

A legal marijuana growing operation in Colorado.
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Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law.

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Sports
11:44 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma City Barons to End Operations

The Oklahoma City Barons play the Grand Rapids Griffins in an American Hockey League game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on December 13, 2014.
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The Oklahoma City Barons have announced the team will end operations at the end of the current American Hockey League season.

The team said in a statement Thursday that the decision was made after it was unable to complete an affiliation agreement with the NHL's Edmond Oilers.

Bob Funk Jr., the chairman of Prodigal, which manages the Barons, praised the Edmonton organization — but said without a better financial agreement the company can no longer justify investing in the hockey team.

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Carless in OKC
8:50 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Choosing Bicycles Over Cars

People who choose to go without a vehicle in Oklahoma City choose bicycles as an alternative form of transportation.

In this week’s Carless in OKC, John and Elizabeth Tankard talk about how motorists can keep cyclists safe.

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.

StateImpact Oklahoma
8:39 am
Thu December 18, 2014

StateImpact’s Biggest Stories of 2014 and a Preview of Reporting for the Coming Year

Brothers and business partners Fred and Wayne Schmedt stand in their family's wheat field near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

StateImpact racked up thousands of miles traveling across the state this year, filing more than 40 full-length radio features and hundreds of web posts on how government energy, environmental and economic policy affects ordinary Oklahomans. And many of those stories involve issues that are ongoing.

EPA Regulations

On of the first broadcast stories we filed this year was on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional haze rule, and how pollution from Texas coal plants dirties the skies above the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma. Volunteer firefighter and avid hiker Bill Cunningham took us to the top of Mount Scott to show us the pollution the rules are supposed to fight.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:19 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Tax Cuts Coming for Oklahoma

Governor Mary Fallin and other state leaders watch a PowerPoint presentation of state revenue projections.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The State of Oklahoma has enough revenue to trigger an income tax cut, finance officials said Wednesday.

As StateImpact’s Joe Wertz reports, the amount of money available to fund state government is trending flat, but officials say lackluster revenues seem manageable.

About 1.7 million Oklahoma taxpayers pay the top income tax rate, which will drop a quarter point — from 5.25% to 5% — in 2016.

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Local News
8:04 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Headlines: Execution Testimony, Lake Hefner Drilling & Native American Artists

Headlines for Thursday, December 18, 2014:

  • Death row inmates want an injunction against further executions in Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

  • People of Oklahoma City are planning to attend a public meeting tonight on a proposed oil drilling site near Lake Hefner. (Journal Record)

  • An Oklahoma energy company wants to build a factory in western North Dakota to process 400 million cubic feet of natural gas daily. (Bismark Tribune)

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Law
11:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Attorneys For Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Seek To Halt Executions

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Obama Unveils 'New Approach' On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will work with Cuba to normalize diplomatic ties.
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Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:41 pm

Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET

President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Obama said "we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries."

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Local News
8:26 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Headlines: Open Records, ObamaCare & Tort Reform

Headlines for Wednesday, December 17, 2014:

  • The State Supreme Court says the Governor has the authority to withhold documents from the people. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin is accepting a $2 million grant through the Affordable Care Act. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • The State Supreme Court strikes down part of a Tort Reform law passed in 2011. (Tulsa World)

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NPR Ed
3:42 am
Wed December 17, 2014

An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!'

A restorative justice circle at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif.
Sam Pasarow/Edna Brewer Middle School

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 10:36 am

One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh-graders go on the interview hot seat.

Some 80 students have applied to be "peer leaders" in the school's new, alternative discipline program called "restorative justice."

Kyle McClerkins, the program's director, grills them on aspects of adolescent life: "What is the biggest challenge for middle school girls? What has changed about you from sixth grade to now?"

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