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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Headlines
6:51 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Headlines: Justice Reform, Oil Spill & Job Cuts

Headlines for Tuesday, February 17, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin says a more than $600 million budget deficit won’t stop justice reform in the state. (NewsOK)

  • An Osage County couple is dealing with an oil spill in their pond. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma City hopes a new pipeline will help with water issues if drought persists in the state. (NewsOK)

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Local News
6:30 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Closings for Tuesday, February 17th

Closings for Tuesday, February 17, 2015:

Closings in northeast Oklahoma, via KJRH.com

http://www.kjrh.com/closings

Central Oklahoma closings, via News9:

http://www.news9.com/Global/Category.asp?C=120872

Energy
4:51 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

With Quakes Spiking, Oil Industry Is Under The Microscope In Oklahoma

A functioning oil rig sits in front of the capital building in Oklahoma City, Okla. The oil industry is an important employer in the state, but officials are concerned a technique used to dispose of wastewater from oil extraction is behind a surge in earthquakes here.
Frank Morris KCUR

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 12:24 pm

Out on Oklahoma's flat prairie, Medford, population about 900, is the kind of place where people give directions from the four-way stop in the middle of town.

It seems pretty sedate, but it's not. "We are shaking all the time," says Dea Mandevill, the city manager. "All the time."

The afternoon I stopped by, Mandevill says two quakes had already rumbled through Medford.

"Light day," she laughs. But, she adds, "the day's not over yet; we still have several more hours."

Mandevill may be laughing it off, but Austin Holland, the state seismologist, isn't.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:37 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Frequent Small Earthquakes Raise Risk of Bigger Ones in Oklahoma, Study Suggests

USGS geophysicist William Ellsworth.
Credit Michael Digg;es / U.S. Geological Survey

The daily occurrence of small earthquakes linked to oil and gas drilling in Oklahoma increases the likelihood of larger earthquakes, new research suggests.

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Headlines
8:06 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Headlines: Switchblades, Endangered Bugs & Serenity's Captain

Headlines for Monday, February 16, 2015:

  • A new energy company using odd naming conventions for its sites. (Journal Record)
     
  • Three bills under consideration could end Oklahoma’s six decade ban on switch blades. (Tulsa World)

  • Costs are rising for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to work out some bugs. (NewsOK)

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Local News
7:46 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Helping Former Prisoners Deal with Debt

For many convicted felons leaving Oklahoma prisons, repaying their debt to society means paying down a mountain of actual debt from court costs, fines and fees.

As OPMX’s Kate Carlton Greer reports in the final part of a collaboration between KOSU and Oklahoma Watch’s called Prisoners of Debt, keeping former inmates from re-offending and returning to prison often depends on help available when they’re released.

Men and women clutch binders and sack lunches as they shuffle into a cafeteria and catch up before the day begins.

They’re all participants at TEEM, The Employment and Education Ministry, in Oklahoma City. It’s a non-violent prisoner re-entry program that helps offenders find jobs and get plugged back into society.

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