Arts & Culture
7:05 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Gearing Up for a Lineworkers' Rodeo

Who’s ready to see a rodeo, but instead of seeing animals, watch power workers compete!

KOSU’s Diana Martinez reports.

Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma Lineworkers Rodeo welcomes the public in Stillwater to watch them compete at Boomer Lake.

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Around the Nation
5:06 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

To Counter Gun Violence, Researchers Seek Deeper Data

Surrendered handguns are piled in a bin during a gun buyback event in Los Angeles on May 31, 2014.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 6:43 pm

For the first time in nearly two decades, federal money is beginning to flow into gun violence research. And there's growing momentum behind creating a reliable national reporting database for firearm injuries and deaths.

On the front lines at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, one of the top trauma hospitals on the West Coast, researchers like Dr. Demetrios Demetriades hope to get a better picture of the scope of the problem, so states can better target their prevention programs.

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Code Switch
5:41 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Marriage Rates Are Falling, And For Some Faster Than Others

The biggest takeaways from a new study on marriage by the Pew Research Center are these: Fewer Americans who are older than 25 are married than ever before, and by the time they're middle-aged, a record 25 percent will have never tied the knot.

That might not be too much of a surprise, since marriage rates have been sliding for decades.

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The Two-Way
4:11 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Oklahoma Police Ask FBI To Investigate Beheading Incident

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 7:19 pm

A day after a woman was beheaded at her workplace in Moore, Okla., police there are asking the FBI to investigate.

Brian Hardzinski, with NPR member station KGOU, tells our newscast unit that police want the FBI to probe any possible connections to terrorism. He filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Police say Alton Nolen walked into a food distribution warehouse around 4 p.m. Thursday and attacked two co-workers with a knife.

"Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told reporters Friday morning Colleen Hufford was beheaded.

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Energy
11:15 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Solar Advocates Fight Utilities Over Grid Access

Vera Cole is president of the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association, a group arguing against proposed rules in Pennsylvania that would put stricter limits on how much grid-connected solar power homeowners can produce on their property.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 11:11 am

The solar power business is growing quickly in the U.S. More than 500,000 homeowners and businesses installed solar panels in just the first half of this year, according to a Solar Energy Industries Association report.

When people get electricity from the sun, they don't buy it from their local power company. But that utility still must have the generators and power lines to provide electricity when the sun is not shining. That's creating conflicts across the country.

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Station News
9:46 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Nikole Robinson Carroll's Last Day at KOSU is September 30th

Nikole Robinson Carroll

I’m sure many of you have heard the news by now.  I have accepted the Morning Edition host position at KNPR in Las Vegas.  My last day at KOSU is Tuesday, September 30th.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Alleged Nepotism at the Department of Education

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about outgoing state Superintendent Janet Barresi creating a position for the husband of her general council and the Department of Education's release of A-F grading for state schools.


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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a Sept. 4 news conference at the Justice Department in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:29 am

This post was last updated at 4:44 p.m. ET.

Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, will resign his post after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:16 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Confusion Fueling Oklahoma Outcry Over EPA’s ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule

Mason Bolay climbs into the cab of a tractor on his family's farm near Perry, Okla.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine calls it a power grab by an imperial president. U.S. Representative Frank Lucas says it would trigger an onslaught of additional red tape for famers and ranchers in Oklahoma. That kind of hyperbole is expected anytime President Barack Obama’s EPA does, well, anything. But the changes being proposed to the way bodies of water are classified are confusing.

The so-called ‘Waters of the United States’ designation is the federal government’s attempt to define which bodies of water qualify for protection under the Clean Water Act. The EPA is trying to tweak that definition. And it’s got farmers like Mason Bolay worried.

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Carless in OKC
8:36 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Walking While Female

Sarah Beth (Username srhbth) Flickr Creative Commons

Cat calls, wolf whistles, inappropriate comments… all things women have to deal with when walking alone in the city.  On this week’s Carless in OKC segment, Elizabeth and John Tankard talk about street harassment.


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