Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Why Obama’s Clean Power Plan Could Mean Opportunity for Some Industries in Oklahoma

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan enraged many top officials in Oklahoma, who argued the rules were an expensive, unnecessary overreach by the federal government. But the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could create opportunities in Oklahoma, researchers and officials say. POWER PLAY President Obama on Aug. 3 met the press and his supporters in the East Room of the White House to formally debut his plan to fight global warming by cutting emissions from power plants — the most...
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Tulsa Public Schools starts back this week and for some in the district there will be a lot less testing due to recent cut backs. But still others say those testing cuts need to be deeper.

Last year, teachers spent 135 hours testing students in grades K through 12. This year, the Tulsa Public School Board reduced that time to 60 hours.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 19, 2015:

  • The Obama administration proposes first federal limits on methane emissions. (NewsOK)

  • Oil produces in Osage County file another law suit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs. (Tulsa World)

  • State Senator resigning amid embezzlement allegations won’t get pension. (AP)

Ah, back-to-school season in America: That means it's time for the annoyingly aggressive marketing of clothes, and for the annual warnings of a national teacher shortage.

But this year the cyclical problem is more real and less of a media creation. There are serious shortages of teachers in California, Oklahoma, Kentucky and places in between.

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Donald Trump is not the first Republican presidential candidate to float the idea of scrapping the principle that anyone born in the United States automatically becomes a US citizen. And he probably won’t be the last.

Headlines for Tuesday, August 18, 2015:

  • The state Parole Board approves rules designed to increase commutation of sentences. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa commissioners consider replacing jail authority members who threatened lawsuits. (Tulsa World)

  • Efforts to create a Tulsa African American Commission might stall in the city council. (Oklahoma Watch)

Constance Favorite looks over a table filled with mementos in the living room of her bungalow in New Orleans — shoes, a tattered combat boot, an American flag and three photos, each of a smiling young woman. It's her daughter, Airman 1st Class Lakesha Levy.

"If our day didn't look bright, she would brighten it up with her little jokes she would tell. I'd say, 'Lakesha, you really should be a comedian,' " Favorite says.

Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Even before the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan was finalized, politicians in Oklahoma were already fighting it in the court of public opinion, and in real court, too. And Gov. Mary Fallin has vowed that Oklahoma will not submit a state compliance plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Words cannot begin to express my gratitude to KOSU’s engineering team for the blood, sweat and tears that they poured into this fix. KOSU is very fortunate to benefit from the expertise and dedication of Ken Boyd, Dan Schroeder and Bob Buford. They are tireless champions for public who work behind the scenes to bring our audio broadcasts and digital streams to 100,000 weekly listeners. I’ve told both Dan and Bob that it's time to catch up on life, and hopefully KOSN will cooperate.

USGS

A boom of earthquakes linked to oil and gas production “has and will continue to have sharp economic consequences” in Oklahoma and other states experiencing man-made seismicity, Standard and Poor’s Rating Services analysts write in a recent report.

Headlines for Monday, August 17, 2015:

  • Requests for emergency teacher certifications are growing as the state’s educator shortage deepens. (Tulsa World)

  • Midwest City firefighters hope to douse plans to cut services. (NewsOK)

  • New records show former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates fired his weapon more times than all other advanced reserve deputies combined. (Tulsa World)

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