1:11 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Ferris O'Brien's Top 10 Albums of 2014

The Spy's Ferris O'Brien combs through hundreds of albums every year. Below are his ten favorite albums of 2014.

10. Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business

Full disclosure: I'm a huge fan! But I'm also extremely critical of any Moz output. World Peace is lyrically on point, laden with wit and hooks. Easily his best since 2004's You Are the Quarry, plus it contains quite possibly one of Mozzer's best songs in years: "Staircase at the University."

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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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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

On Cue in Oklahoma City, was reportedly the first station to lower regular unleaded below $2 a gallon. Now, 24 states have $1.99 gasoline.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Remember when we told you earlier this month that a gas station in Oklahoma City had lowered its price for regular unleaded to $1.99 a gallon?

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Around the Nation
7:07 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Neighboring States Challenge Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Law

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Music Interviews
4:43 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

In his early 50s, after a long hiatus, the country singer has a new album and is touring. "Music keeps you eternally young," he says. "It just does."
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 6:58 pm

There was a long stretch in country music when there was no bigger star than Garth Brooks. He ruled the country charts throughout the '90s, filled stadiums, played 250 to 300 shows a year. In 2001, he called it off. He retired from the road and the studio, and went back home to Oklahoma to be a dad to his three young daughters.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:30 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Crowd Rallies for Clean Water as Norman Committee Considers New Drilling Rules

Demonstrators outside the Norman City Hall before a city council committee met to discuss changes to oil and gas drilling rules.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

About 60 demonstrators gathered in front of the Norman City Hall Wednesday evening before the city council’s oversight committee met to discuss changes to the Norman’s oil and gas drilling regulations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Oklahoma City Residents Question Lake Hefner Drilling Plan at Contentious Public Meeting

A representative for Pedestal Oil Company explains the Lake Hefner drilling proposal to a crowd gathered in the Ed Lycan Conservatory at Will Rogers Gardens.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

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.

Hundreds showed up for the meeting, which was held at the Will Rogers Conservatory, a venue that was too small for the crowd. People formed a long line and waited in the rain to attend a second overflow meeting held immediately following the first meeting. Protestors gathered outside the building, chanting “Stop fracking now,” and “No more drilling.” 
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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, as well as Governor Fallin's decision to accept $2M in Affordable Care Act money.

They will also discuss 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 Oklahoma Watch regarding the early release of violent and sexual offenders.

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)

  • The State Equalization Board approves a budget more than 4% less than last year. (Tulsa World)

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Oklahoma Music
7:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Oklahoma 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.

It's a cold Oklahoma night, but things are warming up at RK One Studio in Edmond.

Sharing pizza and plenty of laughs, the band begins to tune in and turn up for an evening of rehearsal and recording.

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