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As Oklahoma Officials Resist, Utilities On Path To Comply With Pollution Cuts

Oklahoma officials are fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the Obama’s administration’s new Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s push to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But Oklahoma’s largest electric utilities have a big head start cutting back on coal, and are already on their way to compliance. ‘RETIRED IN PLACE’ At Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s Northeast Station, near Oologah, workers are climbing all over the massive metal frame of a...
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A Texas federal judge on Tuesday overturned endangered species protections for the lesser prairie chicken.

U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t properly consider a voluntary conservation plan established for Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico before listing the bird as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

The family music festival Wiggle Out Loud celebrates its third year in Oklahoma City this weekend, featuring live music, art, and healthy and fun activities for children of all ages.

This year, the festival has moved from an all-volunteer festival to under the direction of The Children's Hospital. Founder Chris Wiser says the transition has gone smoothly.

"It was perfect timing and a perfect organization to take over because the mission of the festival fit perfectly with what they were already doing and wanting to promote more fully."

Wiggle Out Loud takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Sunday at Bicentennial Park in downtown Oklahoma City and is open to the public. The event features family friendly music from Sugar Free Allstars, Trout Fishing in America, 123 Andres, Adam & Kizzie, Dino O'Dell and Spaghetti Eddie.

Activities include yoga, parachute games, hula-hoops, soccer billiard with OKC Energy FC, face painting, and interactions with a Galápagos tortoise.

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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 synth-pop track from Small Black, a collaboration from DJ Spinn, the late DJ Rashad and Danny Moore, and a guitar heavy track from Shunkan.

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

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, it's been an historic, tumultuous and also tragic summer as the dynamic duo has been away on vacation, but now ACLU Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk with KOSU's Michael Cross about their picks for the top stories of the past two months, but first, the discussion turns to the biggest news of the week: the resignation of Republican Party Chairman Randy Brogdon after just three months on the job.

The trio also discusses the issue of police seizing property from citizens and the next move for the Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol.

Headlines for Friday, September 4, 2015:

  • A petition for a 60-day stay of Richard Glossip’s execution gets hand-delivered Governor Fallin’s office. (News9)

  • Oklahoma’s chief attorney is heading back to court to defend the Ten Commandments at the Capitol. (Tulsa World)

  • Grady Memorial Hospital might lose certification to accept Medicare payments by November. (Journal Record)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma officials are fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the Obama’s administration’s new Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s push to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and “God’s authority.”

Headlines for Thursday, September 3, 2015:

  • The head of the state Republican Party is quitting after just three months on the job. (Tulsa World)

  • GOP Presidential candidate Marco Rubio talks energy in Oklahoma. (NewsOK)

  • Presidential candidate Donald Trump leads in the Payne County GOP straw poll. (Stillwater News Press)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio traveled to Oklahoma City Wednesday to give a speech previewing his national energy strategy. The Florida senator’s plan centers on expanding the oil and gas industry and rolling back regulations championed by President Obama.

Headlines for Wednesday, September 2, 2015:

  • A legislative study of Oklahoma's asset forfeiture laws spans the state. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma City Council approves a new policy on police body cameras. (NewsOK)

  • The Oklahoma City Council is trying to determine what to do with the Lantana Apartments. (Journal Record)