Local News
8:27 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Headlines: Stronger Pot, Fired Caretakers & Drought

Headlines for Monday December 22, 2014:

  • Drug enforcement officials say large amounts of marijuana are coming over into Oklahoma from Colorado. (Tulsa World)

  • Three Norman veterans’ center caretakers lose their jobs after video shows abuse of an 85-year-old resident with dementia. (NewsOK)

  • Forecasters expect little relief on the state’s ongoing drought with the coming onslaught of winter despite above-average rainfall. (NewsOK)

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State Impact
9:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

OKC Residents Upset Over Drilling Near Lake Hefner

  A rowdy crowd of concerned residents shouted at city officials and questioned representatives of an oil company at a Thursday night meeting about a proposal to drill near Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.

As StateImpact’s Joe Wertz reports, many attendees were troubled by the idea of oil drilling near a major city water supply.

The Pedestal Oil Company wants to use horizontal drilling and, possibly, fracking, to tap oil and gas deposits that could be trapped more than a mile below the lake, which supplies drinking water to about 100,000 people.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

A Busy Week for the State Supreme Court

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State Supreme Court decision allowing the Governor to withhold certain documents from the public, Governor Fallin's decision to accept $2M in Affordable Care Act money, another ruling from the State Supreme Court rejecting part of the 2011 Tort Reform Law which punished uninsured drivers, approval by State Supreme Court Justices of the $120 million dollar bond to fix the Capitol and an investigative piece by the

Local News
8:35 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Headlines: OK Suing Colorado, OKC Barons Leaving & Tax Cuts Approved

Headlines for Friday, December 19, 2014:

  • Oklahoma Attorney general Scott Pruitt is taking Colorado to court over marijuana. (NewsOK)

  • The Oklahoma City Barons are spending their final season in Oklahoma City. (Journal Record)

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Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

OK Blues Bands Heading to Memphis

  Musicians from Oklahoma City and Tulsa qualify to compete in a worldwide battle of the bands.

Each fall, The Oklahoma Blues Society hosts a competition selecting one band and one solo or duo act to represent our state in the The International Blues Challenge.

KOSU's Crystal Huffman takes us behind the scenes with our regional winners before they hit the road.

 

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Marijuana
2:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma and Nebraska Challenge Colorado Marijuana Legalization

A legal marijuana growing operation in Colorado.
Flickr / scubabrett22

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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