This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 27, 2015

County Commissioner Association, LGBT License Tag & Teacher Rally

This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about an investigation of wrongdoing at the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma, the state refusing to give a man a license tag which supports same sex rights an an upcoming teacher rally at the State Capitol.

The trio also discusses news that Congressman Jim Bridenstine paid a tea party leader $64,000 for six months on a "confidential" issue and the State Senate gives $217,000 raises to its staff.

Headlines
8:11 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Headlines: Storm Cleanup, Teacher Union Dues & Ready, Gazette, Go

Headlines for Friday, March 27, 2015:

  • Governor Mary Fallin is declaring a state of emergency for 25 counties. (NewsOK)
     
  • Tulsans are getting back to picking up the pieces this morning. (Tulsa World)
     
  • A bill banning payroll deductions to teachers’ unions heads to the Governor. (Oklahoma Watch)
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Science
8:05 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Animal Conference Speaker Examines the Bond Between Humans and Animals

For many of us, animals hold a special place in our hearts, and that’s no accident according to a renowned animal behaviorist and author who will be a featured speaker at The Animal Conference on Tuesday, March 30th at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.

KOSU’s Kelly Burley visited with Dr. Vint Virga to find out what’s at the heart of the bond between humans and animals.


Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Fri March 27, 2015

SUPER! BitCon Returns to Oklahoma City

The retro gaming event SUPER! BitCon is coming back to Oklahoma City for its second year. Whether you're into table top, cards or video, it's all about the games this weekend.

KOSU's Michael Cross sits down with organizers Brandon Cole Phillips and David Sollars about the celebration.

You can find out more information at SuperBitCon.com.

Around the Nation
5:02 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

The Hartford Police Department is one of a number of police departments across the country that are offering up their parking lots as "safe zones" for Craigslist transactions.
Courtesy of the Hartford Police Department

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 2:55 pm

The online classified site Craigslist updated its safety page this week, encouraging users to make exchanges at local police stations. Some police departments across the country are already offering up their headquarters as voluntary "safe zones" for Craigslist deals.

Sebastian Rivera likes to ride BMX bikes. And when he's customizing his ride, he says he'll hop onto Craigslist to look for free stuff or to trade bike parts with people in his area.

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On Tap
2:12 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

March On Tap Focuses on School Choice

Credit Brett Dickerson / Red Dirt Report

The On Tap discussion for March focused on the issue of School Choice with panelists Brandon Dutcher, with the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, and Ryan Owens with the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administrration.

Moderated by KOSU's Michael Cross, the event was cut short because of the storms.


StateImpact Oklahoma
1:11 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Oklahoma Running Out of Room for Oil as U.S. Hoards Crude in Cushing Hub

A tanker truck pulling into a terminal at the oil hub in Cushing, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A booming U.S. oil industry has led to near-record amounts of oil production, which has helped drive down oil prices. The energy industry has responded by storing crude instead of selling it at discount rates. That has created a unique situation in Oklahoma, where a major oil storage hub is on track to fill up — completely.

One-fifth of the country’s commercial crude oil storage capacity is located Cushing, Okla., a small city of about 7,900 in northeastern Oklahoma. On the city’s outskirts, field after field are filled with hulking steel storage tanks.

Pumps, compressors and valves hum and shudder. Tanker trucks pull off the busy road and line up at terminals. Sci-fi chirps echo as welders and workers drag cables inside tanks they’re rushing to build. Cushing has room for 71 million barrels of oil, but it’s not enough.

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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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