StateImpact Oklahoma
12:12 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

As Authorities Use Permit Process to Scrutinize Wells, Oil Industry Remains Silent

Oil-field workers in November 2014 tending to American Energy-Woodford's Judge South well near Perkins, Okla., shortly after the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered it temporarily shut-in.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

As earthquakes continue to rattle Oklahoma and scientists study links to oil and gas production, many Oklahomans want to know what, if anything, is being done to address the shaking.

An investigation by StateImpact shows that while authorities are quietly scrutinizing wells in quake-prone parts of the state, most of the companies that operate the wells are staying silent.

Marla’s Salon looks like a little house. It has a fence and a yard and a collie keeping watch at the door. Inside, the owner, Marla Stevens, snips and blow-dries. There’s buzzing in the salon, too, including clatter from hair clippers and chatter about earthquakes.

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Carless in OKC
8:50 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Food Deserts Create Problems for Those Without Cars


Going without a vehicle creates unique problems especially in areas of the city without a grocery store.

John and Elizabeth tackle the issue of urban food deserts in this week’s Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at

8:24 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Headlines: Texas Pollution, La Luna & Teacher Emergency

Headlines for Thursday, January 22, 2015:

  • Pollution from Texas is invading our airspace and covering a protected southwest mountain range. (Oklahoma Gazette)

  • A popular downtown Mexican restaurant is closing its doors forever. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma stands ready in the event of an Ebola outbreak. (NewsOK)

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Local News
7:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

A List of School Closings

Boise City Public Schools

No School/Essential Personnel Report Today

Boise City Public Schools

No School/Essential Personnel Report Today

Burns Flat-Dill City Public Schools

Closed Today

Canute Public Schools

Closed Today

Cheyenne Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Cordell Public Schools

Closed Today

Elk City Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

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3:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

PublicAffairs Books

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 9:48 am

After a long stretch as the law of the land, annual standardized tests are being put to, well, the test.

This week, the Senate education committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law and, specifically, on testing. The committee's chairman, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has released a draft bill offering a lot more leeway to states in designing their own assessment systems.

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All Songs Considered
2:39 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Viking's Choice: Native Lights, 'Blue Star'

Native Lights
Jeremy Charles / Courtesy of the artist

Sometimes you don't know that you've missed something, like an old friend or a recipe tucked away in a cookbook, until it reappears just when it's needed. In August, I went to see Unwed Sailor's set in Washington, D.C., partly out of nostalgia.

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8:40 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Rep. Cole: Obama Used Tax Issue For Partisan Advantage

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8:35 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Headlines: SDE Firings, Oklahoma Health & State of the Union Reactions

Headlines for Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s new superintendent fires three more staff members who worked under Janet Barresi. (NewsOK)

  • The future of high stakes testing in Oklahoma belongs to parents. (Tulsa World)

  • The leader of the state Senate admits Oklahoma’s teachers are underpaid. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Wed January 21, 2015

An Emboldened Obama Makes The Case For Middle-Class Economics

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington on Tuesday.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:55 am

Updated at 9:44 a.m. ET

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5:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican and a physician, plans to revive the fight against the Affordable Care Act in the 2015 legislative session.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:12 am

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze is a foot soldier — one of hundreds — in a passionate war over the Affordable Care Act that is reigniting as state legislatures convene across the country.

The Republican lawmaker, a family doctor, has stood behind three anti-Obamacare bills supported by conservative groups in Oklahoma and other states. None has made it into law, but Ritze plans to pick up the fight in the 2015 legislative session that convenes in the Sooner State next month.

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