Headlines
8:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Headlines: DHS Children, Flooding & Energy Efficiency

Headlines for Tuesday, May 26, 2015:

  • An investigation shows mistreatment of children at a Department of Human Services facility. (NewsOK)

  • More than a thousand people show their respect for a Claremore firefighter. (Tulsa World)

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

State Budget, the AG vs. the Supreme Court & the AG vs. the Auditor

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 $7.1B general Appropriations Bill.

The Trio also discusses Attorney General Scott Pruitt allegedly misleading the United States Supreme Court and the battle between Pruitt and State Auditor Gary Jones over cleanup at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.

Headlines
8:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Headlines: GOP Conference, Museum Bonds & Capitol Hill Mascot

Headlines for Friday, May 22, 2015:

  • Oklahoma's Republican politicians share stage with high-profile GOP presidential hopefuls. (NewsOK)

  • Budget deal allows agencies to tap their own revolving funds. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Oklahoma lawmakers send a message to towns, cities and counties: Don’t bother trying to ban fracking. (Tulsa World)

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Health
7:32 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Poor Residents Benefit From Oklahoma County's Medicine Recycling

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:24 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Southwest Oklahoma Cities Wrestle With How To Ration Water Amid Plenty

Craig Nance, owner of Nance Landscaping in Altus, Okla. says he hasn't done a landscaping job in Altus in three or four years because of the drought.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

May 2015 already ranks as one of the wettest in state history, and continues to snuff out the four-year drought that dried up cities in southwest Oklahoma. Water rationing helped keep Duncan, Lawton and Altus afloat, but those cities are now scaling back their water-saving mandates.

PRAISE AND WORRY

In Altus on May 19, the city council thanked God for the recent wet weather, and asked for the knowledge to be good stewards of this new bounty of water.

And to many people in Altus, it does feel like a miracle has happened. Craig Nance lives just outside town among greenhouses and young trees, all bursting with life. He says residents have been streaming to area lakes just to take a look at them.

“It’s a parade. And it’s fun to watch,” he says. “People are just driving to the lakes to see the water level. Gotta see it to believe it.”

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Headlines
8:15 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Headlines: Budget Bill Passes House, Wind Tax Cuts Killed & March Against Monsanto

Headlines for Thursday, May 21, 2015:

  • The state budget is heading to the Senate after barely getting through the state House. (NewsOK)

  • The budget making its way through the legislature fails to make cuts to the House or the Senate. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin signs legislation ending a pair of tax incentives used by wind energy developers.  (KGOU)

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Law
8:17 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

New Texas Law Makes Local Fracking Bans Illegal

Legislation was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after the city of Denton voted to restrict fracking. Denton officials say oil companies should not wield more power than citizens.

Editor's Note: Sharon Wilson, an organizer interviewed in this story, began advocating for fracking reform in Denton in 2009 as an unpaid citizen leader. In 2011, she was hired as a full-time organizer by the environmental group Earthworks to continue her anti-fracking work in Denton.

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The Two-Way
1:29 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Nebraska Lawmakers Move Step Closer To Repealing Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:15 pm

Lawmakers in Nebraska have given final approval to a measure that would abolish the death penalty with enough votes to override a threatened veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts.

The vote was 32-15. Conservative Nebraska has a unicameral Legislature and all bills go through three votes. In the previous round, the vote was 30-16; in the first, it was 30-13. It would take 30 votes to override a veto from Ricketts, a Republican. If that happens, Nebraska will become the first Republican-controlled state in the U.S. to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973.

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Health
1:25 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Looks Good Enough To Smoke: Marijuana Gets Its Glamour Moment

Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 8:15 am

When Erik Christiansen started smoking pot, he became fascinated by the look of different marijuana strains. But the photographs of marijuana he saw didn't capture the variety.

So he went to the hardware store and picked up two lights and a cardboard box. "I didn't even have a macro lens — I was shooting through a magnifying glass," he says.

The California-based photographer tinkered with his macro technique until he had created a consistent way to capture highly detailed images of marijuana.

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Headlines
7:55 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Headlines: Budget Agreement, OK POP & Stillwater Drilling

Headlines for Wednesday, May 20, 2015:

  • State leaders unveil a budget for the 2016 fiscal year starting July 1. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Agencies react to new budget agreement. (NewsOK)

  • A $25 million bond for a popular cultural museum gets passed on a second try. (NewsOK)

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