Headlines
8:16 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Headlines: Stillwater Drilling, Historic Chalkboard & Tulsa Shock Moving

Headlines for Tuesday, July 21, 2015:

  • Stillwater City Council approves rules for oil and gas drilling. (NewsOK)

  • A 4.4 magnitude earthquake shakes most of Oklahoma as one of several over the past 24 hours. (News9)

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Education
1:26 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Will OKCPS Spend $26,000 To Protect Historic Chalkboards?

Jacob McCleland / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange
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Headlines
8:42 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Headlines: Overdose Meds, Russell's Debt & Million Dollar Homes

Headlines for Monday, July 20, 2015:

  • Oklahoma City police could soon carry a drug to save people from overdose deaths. (NewsOK)

  • A grand jury begins investigating allegations of wrongdoing against the Tulsa County sheriff's office. (AP)

  • The Corporation Commission is increasing the number of injection wells it monitors. (Journal Record)

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US News
5:18 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Old U.S. Embassy In Havana Becomes The New One As Relations Are Restored

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 8:40 am

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Business
10:13 am
Sat July 18, 2015

From Highways To Trade Deal, What Big Business Wants By Christmas

It could be a bumpy road ahead for Congress — not least because, well, they'll have to find ways to fund fixes for old, bumpy roads.
trekandshoot iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 2:47 pm

Temperatures soar, flowers bloom and the sun rises early. On these long summer days, there still seems to be plenty of time for achieving your 2015 goals.

But not if you are a business lobbyist. For you, time is short.

Here's what you want by Christmas: a Pacific Rim trade deal; an updated No Child Left Behind Act; revival of the Export-Import Bank; long-term highway funding and a completed federal budget.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:40 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

State Authorities Broaden Disposal Well Regulations in Earthquake-Prone Regions

Oklahoma oil and gas authorities are expanding regulations on disposal wells in earthquake-prone regions of the state. The orders, known as directives, were issued this week and broaden restrictions issued nearly four months ago.

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Science
5:09 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

Floodwaters from rising sea levels have submerged and killed trees in Bedono village in Demak, Central Java, Indonesia. As oceans warm, they expand and erode the shore. Residents of Java's coastal villages have been hit hard by rising sea levels in recent years.
Ulet Ifansasti Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:14 am

For the past quarter-century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been gathering data from more than 400 scientists around the world on climate trends.

The report on 2014 from these international researchers? On average, it was the hottest year ever — in the ocean, as well as on land.

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Local News
7:47 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Obama Praises El Reno Prison's Programs, Calls For Corrections Reform

President Obama tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution
Kate Carlton Greer / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison Thursday when he toured the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution outside Oklahoma City. During his trip, Obama urged reconsideration of the current criminal justice system.

President Obama walked down Cell Block B, taking in the two-story medium security prison, with a corrections officer and Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels. He peeked inside a tiny 90 square foot cell that holds up to three inmates, which he said highlights the need for prison reform.

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Politics
5:51 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Obama Visits Federal Prison, A First For A Sitting President

President Obama toured the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma on Thursday and met with six inmates.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 6:30 pm

President Obama toured a federal prison in Oklahoma on Thursday and said the nation needs to reconsider policies that contribute to a huge spike in the number of people behind bars.

In an unprecedented visit by a sitting president, Obama met with half a dozen inmates at the El Reno prison, outside Oklahoma City. The trip was part of a weeklong push by the White House to focus attention on the president's call for criminal justice reform.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:19 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Years After Earthquake, Oklahoma College Still Shaken by Cracked Budgets and Broken Buildings

Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen of St. Gregory's Monastery traces cracks in the walls of the monk's workshop, which was damaged in a 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck the nearby city of Prague in November 2011.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma appears to be accelerating, and the state is responding.

Lawmakers have scheduled capitol hearings and oil and gas regulators will soon issue stricter guidelines on disposal wells linked to the shaking. Future earthquakes are a big concern, but one Oklahoma institution is still dealing with the damage one quake caused nearly four years ago.

St. Gregory’s University is an Oklahoma earthquake icon. When the 5.7-magnitude quake struck near the city of Prague in November 2011, one of the school’s century-old, Tudor Gothic-style towers collapsed. Another started spitting bricks.

The earthquake is Oklahoma’s largest recorded with modern instruments. It’s also the largest earthquake anywhere that scientists have linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry. Two people were injured. None at St. Gregory’s.

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