Oklahoma Sports
7:57 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Ibaka's Return Gives Thunder Boost

Credit Richard A. Rowe / NBAE | Getty Image

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been down lately, but they’re not out.  KOSU’s Brent Weber has this recap of Sunday night’s playoff game against the Spurs.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:46 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Red Cross Program Teaches Emergency Preparedness To Kids Affected By 2013 Tornadoes

Red Cross worker Shannon Reed leads a class of Soldier Creek Elementary fifth graders in practicing a tornado drill. The Red Cross is visiting schools throughout the region, including this one in Midwest City.
Credit Jason Colston / American Red Cross

During tornado season, preparedness is key. Phrases like “Don’t be scared, be prepared” populate Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites when there’s a severe weather threat. One organization is now taking steps to ensure kids also know what to do when severe weather rolls in.  

Shannon Reed is a Community Resiliency Specialist with the Red Cross. Last month, she spent a day in a gymnasium at Carney Elementary School, teaching kids about severe weather.

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The Mix
5:44 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

The Mix Hosts Sherree Chamberlain & Tyler Hopkins

Credit Robot House Creative

KOSU, Dunlap Codding and Robot House Creative host The Mix, a  free monthly outdoor concert series in Oklahoma City.

The third edition of the series takes place at 6pm, Thursday, June 5 at DC on Film Row and will feature Oklahoma City musician Sherree Chamberlain and Oklahoma City country musician Tyler Hopkins.

Local News
5:22 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Outlaw Al Jennings' Pistol Going Up For Auction

Credit Oklahoma State University Library Electronic Publishing Center

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A pistol and other possessions belonging to a one-time Old West outlaw who later ran for governor of Oklahoma and became an actor are going up for auction next month.

The .45 Colt revolver owned by infamous outlaw Alphonzo "Al" J. Jennings could go for as much as $30,000 during an auction June 5 in Woodward, said Ira Smith, auctioneer with Smith & Co. Auction and Reality Inc.

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Guilty And Charged
10:34 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

The Evolution Of Electronic Monitoring Devices

In this photo from the mid-1960s, Kirk Gable, a co-founder of the electronic monitoring belt, uses war surplus missile-tracking equipment to track young adult offenders who are wearing the first electronic monitoring devices.
Courtesy of Robert Gable

Nearly 50 years since it was first designed by social psychology students at Harvard, the electronic monitoring device has become a significant part of the criminal justice system. More popularly associated with law-breaking celebrities like Paris Hilton or Martha Stewart, the electronic ankle bracelet has been used to track hundreds of thousands of sex offenders, DUI offenders, people free on bail and others.

But its current use is not quite what its inventors had in mind.

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Ghost Towns
10:02 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Ghost Towns: All Black Oklahoma Towns

Margaret French of Clearview, OK, with one of her 18 children.
Credit Quinton Chandler

For the final part of our ghost town series we resurrect the history behind not one but dozens of settlements spread throughout the state. The all black towns of Oklahoma. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports most of these towns were small unorganized rural communities that  are almost all dead and gone. But there are a few left to give us a hazy picture of the past.

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Reading Retention Change Becomes Law
8:40 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Governor Veto Overidden This Week in Oklahoma Politics

  In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel talk to KOSU's Michael Cross about the veto override on the bill to makes changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, the $7.1B budget, a change in the horizontal drilling tax rate and an estimate as to when the lawmakers will leave for the session.

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OKC Band Gives Back
8:14 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Flaming Lips: Covering the Beatles for Beagles (and other rescue pets) [VIDEO]

Oklahoma City band The Flaming Lips gives back to the community while taking fans on a nostalgia trip with its upcoming new album.  Titled, "With A Little Help From My Fwends," the Flaming Lips' latest studio release is a tribute to the Beatles in the form of a track-for-track cover of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" record.  While the album doesn't drop until October 28th, pre-orders are available now and include an instant download of the track "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" featuring Miley Cyrus and Moby.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Oklahoma’s Drought-Withered Wheat Harvest Could Have National Effects

Brothers and business partners Fred and Wayne Schmedt stand in their family's wheat field near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / State Impact Oklahoma

Four years of extreme drought has withered the agricultural economies of southern Great Plains states like Oklahoma, where farmers are bracing for one of the worst wheat crops in state history.

And Oklahoma’s withered wheat harvest could have national consequences.

Wayne Schmedt adjusts his faded blue cap and crouches down in a wind-whipped field near Altus in southwest Oklahoma. His brother and business partner, Fred, grins and waits. The jokes start before the dusty rain gauge is pulled from the cracked dirt.

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All Tech Considered
5:19 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Storm Shelter App Helps Pinpoint People Amid Tornado's Rubble

After a tornado leveled Moore, Okla., last year, firefighter Shonn Neidel (left) developed an app that helps first responders locate storm shelters under the wreckage.
Courtesy of Shonn Neidel

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 2:24 pm

After a devastating tornado rolled through Moore, Okla., last May, firefighters were scrambling to pull people out of storm shelters. Actually finding those shelters, though, was difficult. Landmarks had been swept away, and the town's emergency dispatcher was overwhelmed with calls.

"Yes, we're at 604 South Classen. There's people down," one caller said. "We're stuck under rubble. ... Please hurry."

Shonn Neidel was one of the firefighters rushing to rescue people that day, and he quickly saw a problem.

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