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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Local News
12:57 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Oklahoma Methodist Church Reacts to Boy Scouts Decision

Credit facebook.com/BoyScoutsofAmerica

The United Methodist Church, which hosts more Boy Scouts than any other denomination in Oklahoma, have decided how to proceed after the group opened leadership up to gay men.

Spokesman Joseph Harris says the conference is allowing individual churches to make their own decision on affiliation with the Boy Scouts or hiring leaders.

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Station News
11:09 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Wits Has Been Cancelled

Wits will end its run in September. KOSU is currently evaluating options to replace it in our programming lineup. Below is a note from American Public Media, which distributes Wits:

American Public Media has made the difficult decision to cancel our nationally distributed radio program, Wits.

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Station News
10:32 am
Tue July 28, 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 readliy 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.

Local News
9:10 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Five USS Oklahoma Crew Members Exhumed For Identification, Rest To Come Later This Year

The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) righted to about 30 degrees during the salvage operation at Pearl Harbor, March 29, 1943.
U.S. Navy National Archives

On Monday the U.S. military removed the remains of five unidentified service members killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The sailors and Marines served aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was torpedoed by the Japanese and capsized.

“The remains will go to our lab right here in Hawaii, said retired Army lieutenant general Michael Linnington, who leads the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. “We will go through some cleaning and some dental processing, and then the remains will go to our lab in Omaha for fuller accounting.”

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Headlines
8:35 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Headlines: Ten Commandments, Earthquakes & Women in Prison

Headlines for Tuesday, July 28, 2015:

  • The Oklahoma Supreme Court reaffirms decision on removal of Ten Commandments from capitol grounds. (NewsOK)

  • A preliminary cause of death for a Broken Arrow family gets released by the medical examiner. (Tulsa World)

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Local News
6:27 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Oklahoma Supreme Court Denies Rehearing Over Ten Commandments Monument

Ryan LaCroix Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Monday reaffirmed its decision that a Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the capitol grounds. The high court denied Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s request for a rehearing.

The state supreme court justices found nothing of merit to rehear the case. They ruled on June 30 that the monument was in violation of the state constitution’s ban on using public money for religious purposes. 

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:17 pm
Mon July 27, 2015

Why Thawing Relations With Cuba Could Be A Boon To Oklahoma Wheat Farmers

Workers harvesting wheat on a farm near Altus, Okla., in June 2015.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The decades-old embargo on trade with communist Cuba cuts U.S. goods off from what would be one of their nearest international destinations. That could be changing now that the two countries are restoring diplomatic relations.

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Headlines
8:09 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Headlines: Oklahoma Voters, Hispanic Population & OSU's Quarterback

Headlines for Monday, July 27, 2015:

  • Authorities are still trying to figure out what happened in the mass murder of a family in Broken Arrow. (Tulsa World)

  • Funds to fix Oklahoma roads over 25 years is falling short. (NewsOK)

  • The State Democratic Party welcomes Independent voters into its primaries. (NewsOK)

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