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.

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State Impact
8:39 am
Thu December 18, 2014

A Look Back at Big Stories in 2014

  StateImpact racked up thousands of miles traveling across the state this year, filing more than 40 in-depth stories on how government energy, environmental and economic policy affects ordinary Oklahomans.

But many of those stories involve issues that are ongoing.

Reporters Joe Wertz and Logan Layden wrap up 2014 with a look at the stories they expect to follow into the new year.

The first story I filed this year was on the EPA’s regional haze rule, and how pollution from Texas coal plants dirties the skies above the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma.

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State Impact
8:19 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Tax Cuts Coming for 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.

There was worry recently that the tax cut wasn’t coming.

That’s because it’s triggered by growth in state revenues that often rise and fall with the price of oil.

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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)

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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.
Doug Mills UPI /Landov

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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Sample Size
5:43 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Best of 2014: Parker Millsap, Colourmusic & Broncho

Parker Millsap

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look back at some of our favorite tracks from Oklahoma musicians in 2014, including Parker Millsap, Colourmusic, and Broncho.

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

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Around the Nation
5:35 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

Susan and Bill Dunavan own 80 acres of land in York County.
Melissa Block NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 2:46 pm

Drive down gravel Road 22 in Nebraska's York County, past weathered farmhouses and corn cut to stubble in rich, black loam soil, and you'll find a small barn by the side of the road.

Built of native ponderosa pine, the barn is topped with solar panels. A windmill spins furiously out front.

Known as the Energy Barn, it's a symbol of renewable energy, standing smack on the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline — a project of the energy giant TransCanada.

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