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U.S. Sen. Lankford Moves to Permanently ‘Sunset’ Federal Wind Incentive

U.S. Sen. James Lankford is introducing a bill to remove an expired wind energy incentive from the federal tax code. The federal Production Tax Credit for wind energy expired in December 2014, but since it’s part of the tax code, lawmakers can extend it by bundling it with legislation to extend other tax credits and incentives. That has happened as recently as July, when a Senate committee voted to extend the PTC as part of a $95 billion bundle of incentives. That incentive bundle, called the...
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Officials say a young elephant has died unexpectedly at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

The zoo said in a statement that 4-year-old Asian elephant Malee died early Thursday. The zoo says zookeepers noticed that Malee was moving slower than normal on Wednesday, but the elephant was eating and acting normal otherwise.

Zookeepers noticed discoloration in the elephant's mouth at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and began treating Malee for elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus, though that has not been confirmed as the animal's cause of death.

Headlines for Thursday, October 1,  2015:

  • Governor Fallin stays Richard Glossip’s execution. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa Sheriff plans to resign. (Tulsa World)

  • Deputy involved in the death of Eric Harris resigns. (Tulsa World)

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The latest on the scheduled execution of an Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip, who was convicted of ordering the 1997 beating death of his boss but claims he was framed by the actual killer (all times are local):

5:15 p.m.

Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip said he was still in his holding cell when he learned that Gov. Mary Fallin was issuing a last-minute postponement of his scheduled execution.

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More than 500 Oklahoma employees of Chesapeake Energy are out of a job following the latest layoffs Sept. 29th, as oil prices stay below $50 a barrel. Gasoline is cheap, but that relief at the pump can fuel widespread worry about Oklahoma’s oil and gas-reliant economy.

Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song and, this month, KOSU featured Oklahoma City band Tallows.

Tallows' aptly titled second album, Waist Deep, is full of water wordplay, with phrases like "drowning in excuses" and "wash it all clean" weaving through the lyrics. Continuing with that theme, the Oklahoma City band played its album-release show a few weeks ago in an empty swimming pool at a historic Presbyterian church. Local crowds are partial to Tallows, too, as the band's lush, frenetic sounds have been triggering rousing singalongs and dancing masses at its live shows. Pulling from influences like Modest Mouse, American Football and Pinback, Tallows' songs blur the space between math rock and electronic rock. But if you're not ready to make a decision on Tallows just yet, that's okay. Jump in halfway — the water's fine. —Ryan LaCroix, KOSU's The Spy

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Jarred Geller uses punk rock to teach his preschoolers about shapes and geography.

“If I play ‘Wheels on the Bus’ it’s hard for them to get invested in that,” he said.

But with catchy, poppy hooks, and fist-pumping riffs, the 5-year-olds are all in.

Geller started his "Punk Rock Preschool" at Eugene Field Elementary in Oklahoma City last January. He knew that fun and play were essential to young students, so he wrote some songs to incorporate rocking out into his lesson plans.

Headlines for Wednesday, September 30, 2015:

  • State gets ready to execute Richard Glossip. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma City Council makes changes to its anti-panhandling bill. (Journal Record)

  • The deadline to move the Ten Commandments statue is approaching. (Norman Transcript)

The Oklahoma City Council advances an ordinance to ban everyone from medians not just panhandlers.

The council heard from several citizens opposed to the measure like Derrek Jump, a veteran who advocates for homeless vets. Jump says he’s opposed to the idea of fining and jailing our poorest citizens.

"I think what it boils down to is extra revenue for our great city and the fact that we're willing to create revenue off the backs of our homeless population is absolutely reprehensible," says Jump.


A group of state energy officials, researchers and industry experts issued a report Monday offering guidance on how to handle earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity.