This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 20, 2015

SAE Lawyer, Teachers' Union Bill & Botched Execution Documents

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the local Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni hiring attorney Stephen Jones and a Senate bill to ban teachers from paying union dues out of their paycheck.

The trio also discuss documents released by the Department of Corrections on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the lack of documents from the Governor's office and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb admits he has his eye on the Governor's office in 2018.

Headlines
8:09 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Headlines: Native American Center, Hate Groups and Elephants

Headlines for Friday, March 20, 2015:

  • Hope is waning for a completed Native American Cultural Center in Oklahoma City. (NewsOK)

  • The Myriad Gardens Foundation is changing plans after a new Oklahoma City Convention Center land deal died. (Journal Record)

  • The state Senate is giving its employees more than $200,000 dollars in raises. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Orders Reduction In Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Obama on Thursday signs an executive order directing the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:44 pm

President Obama signed an executive order at the White House on Thursday directing the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent from 2008 levels within the next decade and to increase its use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of total consumption.

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Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Two Elephants Coming to the OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is getting two elephants from a the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle despite criticism from animal activists in the northwest.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk to zoo spokesperson Tara Henson about the move.


StateImpact Oklahoma
11:33 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Local Officials Raise New Questions as Anti-Frack Ban Legislation Makes Progress

Volunteers watching the polls in November 2014 in Denton, Texas, before voters approved a citywide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

As legislation written to prevent counties and municipalities from banning hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas activities advances through the Oklahoma House and Senate, some city leaders and their advocates say the measures go too far and could have unintended consequences.

‘MESS IN TEXAS’

Oklahoma lawmakers have filed at least eight bills that would prohibit municipal or county bans — or effective bans — on oil and gas drilling, production and related activities like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The legislation differs in the details, but the motivation is the same.

“A fracking ban is a drilling ban,” House Speaker Jeff Hickman said on the House floor during the March 16 session.

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NPR History Dept.
9:23 am
Thu March 19, 2015

When The KKK Was Mainstream

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 1:44 pm

Recently I tumbled on this story from Kansas Humanities — and an earlier post from Only A Game — about a 1925 baseball game between Wichita's African-American team, the Monrovians, and the Ku Klux Klan.

Wait a minute. The Ku Klux Klan once had a baseball team?

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Headlines
7:12 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Headlines: SAE Racism, Education Money & Texting and Driving

Headlines for Thursday, March 19, 2015:

  • SAE plans to combat racism. (KGOU)
     
  • The cities of Norman and Tulsa are facing lawsuits over credit card fees. (Journal Record)
     
  • Education goes before lawmakers for money. (NewsOK)
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Politics
3:44 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Obama Says Critics Making 'The Same Argument' Despite Better Economy

President Obama takes questions from the audience Wednesday after speaking about the economy and the middle class to the City Club of Cleveland.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 6:05 pm

Barack Obama let down his graying presidential hair a little bit on Wednesday. He also joked about coloring it.

Speaking to the City Club of Cleveland, Obama seemed to be in a reflective mood. During the question-and-answer period, he was asked by a seventh-grader what advice he would give to himself now, if he could go back to his first day in office.

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Around the Nation
6:27 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Announces Anti-Discrimination Plan

Sigma Alpha Epsilon announced Wednesday a plan to eliminate instances of racial discrimination and insensitivity among its members nationwide. The fraternity's move follows the disbanding of its University of Oklahoma chapter for racially offensive actions.

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World Cafe
11:52 am
Wed March 18, 2015

JD McPherson On World Cafe

JD McPherson
Kelsey Stanger / WXPN

To hear JD McPherson say it, he heard Little Richard and there was no turning back. That pioneering hero and the music of Buddy Holly form the basis of the sound of the records McPherson has gone on to make. His song "North Side Gal" caught a lot of attention for his first album, which was made in a bit of a vacuum with nobody having many expectations.

That's not so true for his new one, Let The Good Times Roll. McPherson worked hard to not make the same record again. We'll talk about that process, let him expound on some of his favorite music and mostly hear some fabulous performances from the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

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