StateImpact Oklahoma
6:15 am
Thu February 19, 2015

As Cities Consider Tougher Drilling Rules, Oklahoma Lawmakers Eye Limits on ‘Local Control’

Protestors outside a public meeting in Oklahoma City about an oil company's proposal to drill near Lake Hefner held signs and chanted "Stop fracking now" and "No more drilling."
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide ban on fracking in 2014, Oklahoma Rep. Casey Murdock took notice. After voters in the city of Denton, Texas — just 40 miles south of the Oklahoma state line — approved a fracking ban in the Nov. 4 election, the Republican representative from Felt took action.

“There is your anti-oil group,” the freshman lawmaker says. “We have activists outside the state that have come in and they’re pushing in these college cities.”

Murdock’s measure, House Bill 1395, is one of at least eight “local control” bills under consideration by the 2015 Legislature. The bills differ in the details, but they all limit, in some way, the power municipalities have to regulate oil and gas drilling or related activities, like fracking.

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Education
6:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oklahoma May Scrap AP History For Focusing On America's 'Bad Parts'

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 9:47 am

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Headlines
8:13 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Headlines: Budget Shortfall, Chesapeake Sues McClendon & Controversial Bills

Headlines for Wednesday, February 18, 2015:

  • State lawmakers are facing a budget shortfall of $611.3 million. (NewsOK)

  • Chesapeake Energy is suing its former owner. (Journal Record)

  • Two anti-gay marriage measures move forward in the State House. (Tulsa World)

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Health
4:36 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Kids' Solo Playtime Unleashes 'Free-Range' Parenting Debate

People who practice free-range parenting say it makes kids more independent, but others see it as neglect. State and local laws don't specify what children are allowed to do on their own.
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Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 2:57 pm

Parents have made news recently after being detained for purposefully leaving children on their own, prompting renewed debate about so-called "free-range parenting."

That includes Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a Silver Spring, Md., couple who are being investigated after they let their children, ages 10 and 6, walk home from a park last month by themselves.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

New Mix: Native Lights, Chance the Rapper & Speedy Ortiz

Native Lights
Jeremy Charles / Courtesy of the artist

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the 'gorgeously heavy' music from Tulsa's Native Lights, Chance the Rapper's musical collaboration, and the self-empowering sounds of Speedy Ortiz.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

Around the Nation
4:06 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Judge's Decision Leaves Immigrants In Legal Limbo

Jesus, an unauthorized immigrant from Mexico, gets help with tax documents from Mun Yin Yeow, a staff member at Atlas: DIY, a nonprofit in Brooklyn, N.Y. He asked NPR not to use his last name because he fears deportation if his application for deportation relief is not approved.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 7:08 pm

A federal judge in South Texas said President Obama had overstepped his authority with his executive actions on immigration. Now, the new court ruling has left some unauthorized immigrants in legal limbo and slowed down months of preparation by immigration attorneys.

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Your Money
4:06 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Despite Recovery, Many Find Home Loans Still Hard To Get

A realty sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Orlando, Fla. Housing advocates say banks, stung by the housing crisis and its fallout, remain reluctant to lend.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 7:08 pm

It's been seven years since the housing crash. The housing market and the economy are both recovering. But housing advocates say you still have to have a near perfect credit score to get a loan from a major bank.

At first look, it seems like the trouble in the housing market has quieted down. There are fewer foreclosures. Home prices have stabilized and risen. But, as any parent with young kids will tell you, when things get too quiet that can be a bad sign.

Mike Calhoun, the president of the Center for Responsible Lending, says that's basically what's going on here.

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JenX
8:50 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Using Flat Stanley to Teach Oklahoma History

In this week’s Jen-X, Jennifer Lindsey McClintock and Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Bryon Chambers welcome a special guest named Flat Stanley.

It’s a chance to teach out-of-state people about Oklahoma, and maybe remind us what makes our state great.

Bryon Chambers works as Assistant Curator of Education for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Jennifer Lindsey McClintock is an Oklahoma City native working in Marketing and Public Relations. You can reach her on Twitter at @jeninthe405.

Education
8:14 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Steering Committee Examines Proven Standards in Other States

The committee tasked with creating Oklahoma's new academic standards following the repeal of Common Core met for the second time on Monday.

As KOSU's Emily Wendler reports, they are trying to learn as much as they can from other's trials and tribulations before embarking on their own journey.

The academic standards steering committee—in charge of creating Oklahoma's new educational requirements for kindergarten through 12th grade—got guidance from three experts who have excelled in creating math and English programs in their own states.

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Federal Judge Blocks Obama's Executive Actions On Immigration

A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction to President Obama's executive orders on immigration. Earlier this month, Obama met with young immigrants, known as DREAMers, in the Oval Office.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:19 pm

This Post Was Last Updated At 5:15 p.m. ET.

Two days before the first of President Obama's executive actions on immigration were to take effect, the new rules have been put on hold by a federal judge's ruling in South Texas. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen said the president overstepped his authority.

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