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...
Read More
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/8567825104">Gage Skidmore</a>/Flickr/Creative Commons

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.

Dan Schroeder

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.


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)

UPDATE (August 16 at 10:12 p.m.): As some of you may have noticed, 107.5 FM is now fully operational! We want to give a big thanks to our technicians and engineers for their hard work in the heat and wind to fix the tower after the catastrophic event.

And a big thank you goes to you, our listeners, for your patience during this process. We're looking at more than $50,000 in unexpected costs due to the lightning strike to the tower. If you wish to donate specifically for this cause, you can do so here.

We're excited to bring back KOSU programming to Tulsa, northeastern Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas!

The latest numbers show that deaths from heroin-related overdose more than tripled nationally between 2002 and 2013. Opiate addiction touches every demographic: white, black, Hispanic, rural, suburban and urban.

Proposed solutions nationally include more government funding for treatment, tougher penalties for dealers, and proactive interventions to stop people before they start.

Eighty years ago today, the most famous man in America besides Franklin D. Roosevelt died, and in 1935, I'm not sure you needed to add a "besides."

Will Rogers was 55. He was flying through Alaska with his friend, the pilot Wiley Post, to mine some material for his newspaper column and radio show when they crashed near Point Barrow.