StateImpact Oklahoma
12:51 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Why Solar Energy is Growing Slowly in Oklahoma

Mary Fallin meets with a worker at a July 2015 event commemorating Oklahoma Gas & Electric's new solar farm in Oklahoma City.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is synonymous with energy. It’s a major oil and gas state and one of the country’s leaders in wind power. But Oklahoma has been slow on solar energy, and experts say that’s because of state policy — not the sun.

SOLAR ‘SCIENCE EXPERIMENT’

Lawmakers, local business and community leaders, and workers in hardhats on July 27 gathered beneath a tent to celebrate the opening of a new solar power project in west Oklahoma City.

The guest of honor, Gov. Mary Fallin, arrived in an electric Nissan Leaf and made a few short remarks.

Adding “solar power into our energy mix in our state is truly a great accomplishment and something I’m very excited to see,” Fallin said, before throwing a fake switch and ceremoniously “energizing” Oklahoma Gas & Electric’s new solar farm.

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Station News
10:32 am
Thu July 30, 2015

UPDATE: Tulsa 107.5 FM Signal Outage

A burned portion of the cabling on the 107.5 FM tower in Ketchum.

UPDATE (July 27 at 4:18 p.m.): Our 107.5 FM tower has suffered a catastrophic electrical fire. The coax cables that run to (and up) the tower have been destroyed. This special size of coax cable is not readily available and will take 4 to 5 days to ship, followed by several days of installation and repair. We're looking at two weeks at the earliest before we're back on-air at 107.5 FM and early estimates are that this will cost KOSU upwards of $20,000 in total.

We have set up a special donation page for listeners wishing to specifically support this expense here.

Thank you again for your patience.

UPDATE (July 24 at 2:10 p.m.): Our engineers are ordering the parts necessary to repair the tower. We don't yet have an estimated time for the signal to be back live. When we do, we will update this post. Thank you for your patience.

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties in the Tulsa, northeast Oklahoma, and surrounding listening area. If you tune in to 107.5 FM or 107.3 FM, then you will probably notice radio silence.

Our engineers are on the scene with specialized technicians, working to get the issue resolved and programming back on the air.

This is an evolving situation, so we will keep you posted on all that transpires. In the meantime, you can listen to our streaming service here on kosu.org or on iTunes Radio.

Thank you for being patient and for your support of KOSU.

Headlines
8:35 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Headlines: Graduation Rates Drop, Planned Parenthood Funding & Tattoo Regrets

Headlines for Thursday, July 30, 2015:

  • Oklahoma is seeing a drop in high school graduation rates statewide. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Collections to Oklahoma’s general revenue drop again. (Tulsa World)

  • Unemployment in Oklahoma City rises for third straight month. (NewsOK)

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Oklahoma Gazette
8:05 am
Thu July 30, 2015

A Decade of Tattoos in Oklahoma

It’s been ten years since the state made tattooing legal and this week’s Oklahoma Gazette cover story looks at some regrets people might have had after inking themselves a decade ago.

Reporter Greg Elwell says what was cool in 2006 just isn’t the same today.

Elwell reminds us that tattooing on hands and face remains illegal in Oklahoma.

You can pick up the Oklahoma Gazette at more than 800 metro rack locations. The cover story goes live on okgazette.com tomorrow.

NPR Ed
4:36 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Pell Grants For Prisoners: An Old Argument Revisited

President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
Kevin Lamarque Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:57 pm

It's an old and controversial question: Should federal Pell grants be used to help prisoners pay for college?

Tomorrow, at a prison in Jessup, Md., Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to unveil a program to do just that. The new plan would create a limited pilot program allowing some students in prison to use Pell grants to pay for college classes.

The key word there is "limited" — because there's only so much the administration can do. To understand why, we have to go back to November 1993.

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US News
12:42 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Oklahoma's U.S. Senators Continue Crusade Against Planned Parenthood

U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) speaking during Tuesday's Students for Life rally at the U.S. Capitol.
Provided U.S. Sen. James Lankford

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:06 pm

Updated July 30, 12:01 p.m.

Republican U.S. Senators discussed legislation Wednesday that would block federal money from going to Planned Parenthood and send those funds to other organizations that provide healthcare services for women.

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Headlines
8:43 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Headlines: Injection Wells Shutdown, Christina Fallin's Trailer & Pawhuska Bison

Headlines for Wednesday, July 29, 2015:

  • After Monday’s earthquakes, two wastewater disposal wells have shut down. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma City is considering its options in regard to the American Indian Cultural Center. (Journal Record)

  • Broken Arrow quintuple murder suspects face arraignment next Monday. (Tulsa World)

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Music News
4:58 am
Wed July 29, 2015

A Mexican Restaurant Turned Iconic Venue? 'That's Nashville'

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin of The Time Jumpers perform at 3rd and Lindsley in 2014. The band has a standing Monday-night gig at the small Nashville club.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

The Hollywood Bowl. Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Madison Square Garden. They're the iconic venues that round out top-10 lists of the country's best places to see live music. But this summer, Morning Edition is visiting America's side stages, places the locals know and where players love to play. We begin, appropriately, in Music City at 3rd and Lindsley, an intersection that's the home and namesake of an unassuming Nashville venue.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

New Mix: Night Beds, Sports & All Dogs

Night Beds

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 cascading series of sounds from Night Beds, subdued dream pop from Tulsa band Sports, and catchy, fuzzy pop punk from All Dogs.

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

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:06 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Oil Companies Shut Down Wells Near Earthquake Swarm

A disposal well in northwestern Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

After a swarm of earthquakes recorded near the town of Crescent, which peaked with a 4.5-magnitude temblor on Monday, state regulators asked a pair of oil companies to limit activity at three nearby disposal wells.

Monday’s quake caused light damage. Multiple people reported feeling it in Arkansas, more than 400 miles away

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