Environment
12:05 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Regulators Issue Tougher Disposal Well Directives as Oklahoma’s Quake Risk Rises

An American Energy Woodford well near Perkins, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

As earthquakes continue to surge in Oklahoma and seismologists warn of more frequent and more damaging shaking, the state’s oil and gas regulator is issuing new orders to companies operating wells in seismically active regions of the state.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s new requirements, known as directives, were mailed March 18 to 92 people or companies operating 347 Arbuckle formation disposal wells in quake-prone regions of the state.

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Local News
9:17 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Ex-OU Student Apologizes For Racist Chant On Fraternity Bus

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Headlines
7:28 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Headlines: Tornadoes, SAE Apology & Other Lives

Headlines for Thursday, March 26, 2015:

  • Tornadoes tear through Tulsa and its suburbs especially in Sand Springs. (Tulsa World)

  • Western Heights and Moore Public Schools are closing after storms rip through central Oklahoma. (News9)

  • A former OU student publicly apologizes for his involvement leading fellow fraternity members in a racist chant earlier this month.  (KGOU)

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School Suspensions
11:49 am
Wed March 25, 2015

High Suspension Rates at Oklahoma City Public Schools Trigger Systemic Changes

Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School in Oklahoma City.
http://okcps.belleislems.schooldesk.net/

According to a study out of UCLA, suspension rates at Oklahoma City Public Schools are some of the highest in the nation. Nearly half of the students in the district got suspended there in the 2011-2012 school year, according to this report.

The district Superintendent questions the report’s rankings, but doesn’t deny there is a discipline problem. He says they are already laying down plans to make major changes. 

Between the 7th and 8th grades Caleb Walker got suspended four times. A couple times for fighting and a couple times for being a “silly boy” according to his mom.

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Headlines
8:09 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Headlines: SAE Apology, Vision 2025 & Baby Gorilla

Headlines for Wednesday, March 25, 2015:

  • One of the students at the center of a racist chant at OU plans a public apology today. (Dallas Morning News)

  • Cities in Tulsa County want a penny sales tax extension. (Journal Record)

  • A Duncan man allegedly involved in the shooting death of an Australian baseball player accepts a life sentence with a possibility of parole in 36 years. (NewsOK)

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

New Mix: Shamir, u-Ziq & Trinidad James

Shamir

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 at the catchy pop sounds of Shamir, the electronic sounds of u-Ziq, and Trinidad James joining a remix of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' smash hit "Uptown Funk".

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

JenX with Jennifer Dennis-Smith
8:50 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Seeking & Finding A New Religious Home

As Generation X gets older, many of them are starting to look a little harder at their beliefs.

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Dennis-Smith looks at how her spiritual life has changed over the years.


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Headlines
7:55 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Headlines: Rally Snow Day, Doctor Shopping & Supergirls

Headlines for Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

  • Tulsa’s School Superintendent wants to use a snow day for a teacher rally at the capitol Monday. (Tulsa World)

  • A bill to crack down on prescription drug abuse moves a step closer to the governor’s desk. (NewsOK)

  • A New Vision 2025 is coming to Tulsa. (Tulsa World)

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Health
6:58 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

Johnny Reynolds ignored diabetes symptoms and put off going to the doctor for years when he didn't have health insurance. He was afraid he couldn't afford treatment.
Anders Kelto/NPR

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 8:18 pm

Johnny Reynolds knew that something was wrong as far back as 2003. That's when he first started experiencing extreme fatigue.

"It was like waking up every morning and just putting a person over my shoulders and walking around with them all day long," says Reynolds, 54, who lived in Ohio at the time.

In addition, Reynolds was constantly thirsty and drank so much water that he would urinate 20 or 30 times per day. "And overnight I would probably get up at least eight or nine times a night," he says.

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Politics
5:17 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Obama Chief Of Staff: Israel's 50-Year 'Occupation' Must End

"An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end," White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told the annual J Street conference
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 7:22 pm

Through his chief of staff, President Obama is strongly countering rhetoric from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a two-state, Israeli-Palestinian solution.

"An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end, and the Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state," Denis McDonough, President Obama's chief of staff, said Monday at the annual conference of J Street, a left-leaning pro-Israel group.

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