Politics
9:04 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Measure Preventing Local Fracking Bans

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Headlines
8:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Headlines: DHS Children, Flooding & Energy Efficiency

Headlines for Tuesday, May 26, 2015:

  • An investigation shows mistreatment of children at a Department of Human Services facility. (NewsOK)

  • More than a thousand people show their respect for a Claremore firefighter. (Tulsa World)

  • Several area lakes closed for Memorial Day because of flooding. (News9)

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

At Least 10 Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

Forrest Huggleston and Alex Huff watch flooding at Shoal Creek after days of heavy rain in Austin, Texas, on Monday.
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Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 4:38 pm

Updated at 4:38 p.m. ET

Storms continued to move through Texas and Oklahoma, bringing tornadoes and dumping torrential rains that led to deadly flooding.

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All Tech Considered
3:23 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Live Video Apps Like Periscope Make Life Even Less Private

With the Periscope app, owned by Twitter, it's easy for smartphone users to stream their own video live.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

Cameras are ubiquitous — from the ones in our cellphones to the security cams in parking lots and shops. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video is raising new questions about privacy.

Streaming video cameras aren't new, but new apps have made it super easy to stream from a smartphone. Periscope is popular because it can be streamed on Twitter, which recently purchased the app.

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Around the Nation
6:45 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Flash Flooding Races Through Texas, Oklahoma After Record Rainfall

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US News
9:28 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Death Toll Rises After Storms Barrel Through Plains, Midwest

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

State Budget, the AG vs. the Supreme Court & the AG vs. the Auditor

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican political consultant Neva Hill about the $7.1B general Appropriations Bill.

The Trio also discusses Attorney General Scott Pruitt allegedly misleading the United States Supreme Court and the battle between Pruitt and State Auditor Gary Jones over cleanup at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.

Headlines
8:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Headlines: GOP Conference, Museum Bonds & Capitol Hill Mascot

Headlines for Friday, May 22, 2015:

  • Oklahoma's Republican politicians share stage with high-profile GOP presidential hopefuls. (NewsOK)

  • Budget deal allows agencies to tap their own revolving funds. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Oklahoma lawmakers send a message to towns, cities and counties: Don’t bother trying to ban fracking. (Tulsa World)

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Health
7:32 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Poor Residents Benefit From Oklahoma County's Medicine Recycling

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:24 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Southwest Oklahoma Cities Wrestle With How To Ration Water Amid Plenty

Craig Nance, owner of Nance Landscaping in Altus, Okla. says he hasn't done a landscaping job in Altus in three or four years because of the drought.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

May 2015 already ranks as one of the wettest in state history, and continues to snuff out the four-year drought that dried up cities in southwest Oklahoma. Water rationing helped keep Duncan, Lawton and Altus afloat, but those cities are now scaling back their water-saving mandates.

PRAISE AND WORRY

In Altus on May 19, the city council thanked God for the recent wet weather, and asked for the knowledge to be good stewards of this new bounty of water.

And to many people in Altus, it does feel like a miracle has happened. Craig Nance lives just outside town among greenhouses and young trees, all bursting with life. He says residents have been streaming to area lakes just to take a look at them.

“It’s a parade. And it’s fun to watch,” he says. “People are just driving to the lakes to see the water level. Gotta see it to believe it.”

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