11:48 am
Thu July 2, 2015

The Sad, Sweet Songs of Oklahoma’s John Moreland

The Wall Street Journal recently published an excellent profile of Tulsa musician John Moreland.
As he introduced a tune titled "You Don't Care For Me Enough to Cry" at a recent New York City club date, Oklahoma singer and songwriter John Moreland told the audience something he'd learned about the song: "It's too sad for Dallas-Fort Worth morning television."
StateImpact Oklahoma
11:12 am
Thu July 2, 2015

As Communities Prepare for New State Fracking Rules, One City Will Wait and See

Sarah Nichols / Flickr

Gov. Mary Fallin signed controversial legislation in May outlawing municipal bans on fracking and other oil and gas activities. Officials in some communities are re-examining their local drilling ordinances to comply with the law, which goes into effect later this summer.

One city in southeastern Oklahoma, however, isn’t budging.

MEET ‘ORDIE’

When McAlester Mayor Steve Harrison first heard state lawmakers were writing a law to end citywide bans on fracking and drilling, he contacted his state representative. He then called local leaders in other cities and, later, penned a protest letter to Fallin.

It didn’t work. The bill was signed into law May 29. Harrison’s final move was writing a eulogy, dubbed “Requiem for an Ordinance: 1974-2015.”

“Ordie, as I like to call him, never caused trouble for anyone while he was here. Leastwise, I never heard a complaint,” Harrison says, reciting the sarcastic ode, which was published in the mayor’s newsletter.

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Headlines
8:25 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Headlines: Ten Commandments Repercussions, OKC Student Discipline & Drive-In Movies

Headlines for Thursday, July 2, 2015:

  • The leader of House Republicans says the Ten Commandments decision by the state Supreme Court won’t be taken lightly. (Tulsa World)

  • More than 50 new laws took effect in Oklahoma on the first day of July. (AP)

  • A bill to remove court clerks from issuing marriage licenses could return next year. (Journal Record)

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Headlines
8:27 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Headlines: Ten Commandments, School Standards & Medicaid Cuts

Headlines for Wednesday, July 1, 2015:

  • The State Supreme Court rules against the Ten Commandments at the Capitol saying it must be removed. (NewsOK)

  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court clears the way for an earthquake lawsuit against two oil companies. (Tulsa World)

  • Recent US Supreme Court rulings could create a blow back from Republicans. (Oklahoma Watch)

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US News
6:12 am
Wed July 1, 2015

After Supreme Court Decision, What's Next For Gay Rights Groups?

Carlos McKnight waves a flag in support of same-sex marriage outside the Supreme Court.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 5:03 pm

Having clinched the long-sought prize of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, some long-time advocates are now waking up to the realization that they need to find a new job. At least one major same-sex marriage advocacy group is preparing to close down and other LGBT organizations are retooling.

They have grown from a ragtag group with a radical idea into a massive multi-million dollar industry of slick and sophisticated sellers of a dream. Today, their very success has made their old jobs obsolete.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

New Mix: Husbands, Widowspeak & Nicolas Jaar

Husbands
Billy Muschinske

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we have a cross-country collaborative jam from Husbands, some new 'dream country' sounds from Widowspeak, and the throbbing techno of Nicolas Jaar.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

StateImpact Oklahoma
3:53 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

StateImpact on OETA: Tourism Budget Cuts and Oklahoma’s State Parks

Since 2011, one of the ways the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation has dealt with budget cuts has been to close state parks or transfer them to new managers, like tribal governments or nearby towns.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:55 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

University Disputes Story, Reporter Defends It, Oilman Sues Over Facebook Post Linking to It

A story detailing how University of Oklahoma officials sought a $25 million donation from an oil executive while scientists at the school formulated a state agency’s position on oil and gas-triggered earthquakes is under fire from both the university president and the billionaire oilman.

In a Tulsa World story by Randy Krehbiel, OU President David Boren called a recent piece by EnergyWire’s Mike Sorgahan “a bald-faced lie and some of the most inaccurate reporting I’ve ever seen in my life.”

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Politics
12:43 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Ten Commandments Monument Must Be Removed From Oklahoma's State Capitol

Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

The Oklahoma Supreme Court rules the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol must be removed, as it violates the state's constitution. Opponents of the monument won the case on a 7-2 decision.

ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel explains what this means for Oklahomans.

The monument was erected in 2012, and replaced earlier this year after being destroyed when a man hit it with his vehicle.

JenX with Jennifer James
8:50 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Oklahoma's Racist Past Reflected in its Present

Credit jenx67.com

The history of racism and violence against black people in Oklahoma goes back decades and lies just beneath the surface of the red dirt soil.

Jennifer James brings us her thoughts in this week’s Jen-X.

Jennifer James is a public relations professional. You can follow her blog at jenx67.com.

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