Some Bills Lived, Some Died and Some Still Unknown
8:40 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The 2014 Legislative Session Ends in This Week in Oklahoma Politics

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the 2014 legislative session, the death of a bill which would have allowed schools to increase bonds to buy storm shelters, the decision still faced by Governor Fallin on signing or vetoing a bill to repeal Common Core, a challenge to the bill to increase the tax incentive on horizontal drilling an a look ahead to the 2014 elections.

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The off-Broadway sensation comes to Oklahoma City
7:40 am
Fri May 30, 2014

"Star Wars" Performed By One Man in One Hour

This weekend, the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre is presenting the hit off-Broadway sensation “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” in the Freede Little Theater in the Civic Center Music Hall.

KOSU’s Michael Cross got a chance to talk with Charles Stewart Ross, the creator and star of the Lucas Film-licensed program about what it means to bring the original trilogy to life.

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Music
7:11 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Fullbright's Sophomore Album Features Spacious, Confident Songs

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 11:46 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Singer-songwriter John Fullbright's debut album catapulted him from obscurity to a Grammy nomination for best Americana artist. That was in 2012. Now Meredith Ochs has this review of his follow up album titled simply "Songs".

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIGH ROAD")

JOHN FULLBRIGHT: Susie was a pearl of a woman. and Jack was a golden man. She told him she loved him forever. And he gave her a wedding band.

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Premiere on Film Row
2:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

John Calvin to Perform in KOSU's OKC Studios

John Calvin
Credit Samantha Lamb

On Friday, June 20 at 8pm, KOSU hosts singer/songwriter John Calvin in our Oklahoma City performance studio, as part of Premiere on Film Row.

The Norman multi-instrumentalist just finished recording an album in San Francisco, but released an EP, Without Wax, in 2012.

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Patrons at Picasso's Cafe discuss executions in OK
11:42 am
Thu May 29, 2014

KOSU's On Tap Takes on the Death Penalty

An hour long discussion at KOSU's May On Tap event at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District. KOSU's Michael Cross moderates the event. The panelists include Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland and University of Oklahoma law professor Dr. Rick Tepker.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:41 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Drought in Southwest Oklahoma Dented But Not Dead After Days of Rain

The May 27th update of the U.S. Drought Monitor showing some improvement in southwest Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

The latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor shows some improvement in the hardest hit part of the state — southwest Oklahoma — after a very wet Memorial Day weekend.

Drovers CattleNetwork’s Angela Bowman looked at the impact recent rains have had across the southern plains, and found that while the last week helped, it won’t take long for drought to fully reassert itself, and it’s too late for the state’s wheat crop:

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Legislature and Environment
9:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

What Became of the Bills StateImpact Was Watching This Legislative Session?

The Oklahoma Senate
Credit Becky McCray / Flickr

 

From the start of the legislative session on February 3rd, StateImpact Oklahoma had its eye on what was sure to be a heated issue: the coming expiration of a tax credit for horizontally drilled oil and gas wells. Without action, rates would go from one-percent for the first four years of a well’s life, back to 7 percent.

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Oil & Gas Tax Incentives
9:34 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Controversial Tax Incentive for New Oil and Gas Wells

Crews working on a drilling rig in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed a bill that makes permanent a generous tax incentive for new oil and gas drilling.

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Around the Nation
12:27 am
Thu May 29, 2014

No Matter How You Spell It, Fracking Stirs Controversy

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. The word fracking was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this month. It is defined as the injection of fluid into shale beds at high pressure in order to free up petroleum resources. Despite getting this official definition, both the spelling and meaning of fracking remain controversial. Marie Cusick, from member station WITF, reports.

MARIE CUSICK, BYLINE: This is a fracking site in northeastern Pennsylvania. It's one of the most productive parts of Marcellus Shale natural gas formation.

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deadCENTER Film Festival 2014
5:55 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

deadCENTER Embraces Name Confusion, Celebrates Horror Films

The 14th annual deadCENTER Film Festival launches on Wednesday, June 11 in downtown Oklahoma City. While the festival is named for being in the "dead center" of Oklahoma City in arguably the "dead center" of America, there has been some confusion in the past that it's a horror film festival.

Well, since the festival falls on Friday the 13th for the first time this year, deadCENTER is embracing the name confusion and celebrating the horror genre.

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