This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Scott Pruitt's Alliance with Energy Companies

In 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 New York Times article alleging a secret alliance between Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt and energy companies.


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Local News
8:09 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Headlines: Douglass Season Ends, Oil Prices & Tribal Pot

Headlines for Friday, December 12, 2014:

  • The football season ends for Douglass High School after a ruling yesterday from a district judge. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma economists are revising their outlook for the state with the drop in oil prices. (Journal Record)

  • Influenza in our state kills two people and hospitalizes 94 as health officials see an increase in flu activity. (NewsOK)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:44 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Risk Associated With Dam Failures Grows in Oklahoma, But Safety Funding Lags

Families and a fisherman along the spillway beneath Broken Bow Dam in southeastern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has nearly 5,000 dams, more than most other states. When they were built, they were classified based on the risk their failure would pose to people and property.

But for many dams, it’s been decades since that risk was evaluated, and the potential hazard has changed because Oklahoma has changed. There are houses, roads and people where there weren’t before.

How did Oklahoma get so far behind in the dam reclassification game?

Mainly, the cost. Reclassifying dams into proper categories — low, significant or high-hazard, if loss of life could result in a dam’s failure — is expensive and time consuming. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board oversees the state’s dam safety program, and Director Yohanes Sugeng is trying to meet a pressing public safety need without a lot of money.

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Carless in OKC
9:29 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The Impact of Cars on the Environment

People who choose to go without a vehicle in Oklahoma City choose bicycles as an alternative form of transportation.

In this week’s Carless in OKC, John and Elizabeth Tankard talk about how motorists can keep cyclists safe.


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Local News
8:26 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Headlines: High School Football, QuikTrip & Nazi Toy Ring

Headlines for Thursday, December 11, 2014:

  • Later today, an Oklahoma judge is ruling on the case of a high school football playoff game. (Tulsa World)

  • Drug addicts are targeting homes for sale in Stillwater.  (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma health officials want lawmakers to build a new public health lab. (NewsOK)

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Business
5:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

Solar energy panels on a roof in Marshfield, Mass.
Stephan Savoia AP

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:14 pm

The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners' rooftops. Sometimes the rivalry looks more like hardball politics than marketplace economics.

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Politics
5:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Congressional Plan To Fund Military Comes With A Side Of 'Land Grab'

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:13 am

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NPR Ed
2:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Why The President Wants To Give Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To Toddlers

Nikki Jones' preschool class at Porter Early Childhood Development Center in Tulsa, Okla.
John W. Poole NPR

Why does public school start at age 5?

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Here & Now
11:15 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Beyond The Pump: What Falling Oil Prices Mean For U.S. Producers

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Chief Economist Brian Pearce speaks at the IATA global media day on December 10, 2014 in Geneva. Global airline association IATA on December 10 raised the sector's profit forecast to a record $19.9 billion for 2014 and $25 billion for 2015, as plunging oil prices drive down costs. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 3:19 pm

Oil prices have plunged more than 40 percent since July, to a five-year low, and they continue to fall. As of Wednesday morning, crude was trading below $62 a barrel.

That’s good news for drivers, but beyond low gas prices, what does it mean for U.S. oil producers, and the economy?

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to Juli Niemann, a financial analyst with Smith Moore and Company.

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Local News
8:26 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Headlines: Abortion Doctor Arrested, Low Oil Prices & Executions

Headlines for Wednesday, December 10, 2014:

  • An undercover investigation results in the arrest of an Oklahoma City-area abortion doctor. (NewsOK)

  • Government employees are raising concerns about low oil prices. (Journal Record)

  • A federal judge is keeping documents related to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett sealed.  (Tulsa World)

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