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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Liquor at Gun Ranges
11:04 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Oklahoma City Gun Range Might Be First in State to Offer Alcohol

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A surprising decision from the Oklahoma City Council will allow an upscale gun range to serve alcohol once it finishes renovations. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports two council member’s opinions.

Below, read Wilshire Gun Range's alcohol policy:

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OKC ties the Series Against San Antonio
7:40 am
Wed May 28, 2014

A Big Win for the Thunder in This Week's Sports Talk

  Sportscaster and journalist Brent Weber talks over the phone with KOSU's Michael Cross following Tuesday night's game where the Oklahoma City Thunder tied the series two games a piece against the San Antonio Spurs. Game five heads back to San Antonio Thursday night, but the Thunder would certainly like to keep momentum going and see if they can't finish out the series Saturday night in Game Six back in Oklahoma City. Brent and Michael also talk briefly about the other conference final series between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
1:33 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

New Safety Requirements Set For Keystone Pipeline

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.

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NPR Ed
12:37 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

The Common Core FAQ

Louis C.K. isn't the only parent confused about the Common Core.
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Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 9:42 am

The Common Core State Standards have vaulted into the national consciousness lately thanks to some high-profile dissenters, like Louis C.K. ("Kids teachers parents are vocally suffering.") and Stephen Colbert ("Common Core testing is preparing students for what they'll face as adults — pointless stress and confusion.")

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Oklahoma Arts Education
9:38 am
Tue May 27, 2014

JenX: From STEM to STEAM

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The academic year is over for schools across Oklahoma this month. This week on JenX, Jennifer James reflects on our state's curriculum versus a mother's wishes for her children's education. 

You can follow Jennifer's blog at jenx67.com.

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Oklahoma Sports
7:57 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Ibaka's Return Gives Thunder Boost

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have been down lately, but they’re not out.  KOSU’s Brent Weber has this recap of Sunday night’s playoff game against the Spurs.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:46 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes

Red Cross worker Shannon Reed leads a class of Soldier Creek Elementary fifth graders in practicing a tornado drill. The Red Cross is visiting schools throughout the region, including this one in Midwest City.
Credit Jason Colston / American Red Cross

During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also know what to do when severe weather rolls in.  

Shannon Reed is a Community Resiliency Specialist with the Red Cross. Last month, she spent a day in a gymnasium at Carney Elementary School, teaching kids about severe weather.

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