2:33 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Harold Hamm: The Billionaire Oilman Fueling America's Recovery

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The May 5 issue of Forbes Magazine features Harold Hamm, the CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, on the cover. Read the story below.
Harold Hamm has transformed the U.S. oil industry like no one since John D. Rockefeller, while helping to keep domestic prices low - and making himself a $17 billion fortune. The great domestic energy boom, he says, is just beginning. Two Scotches in, with seats on the floor of Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena, Harold Hamm is feeling good.
3:33 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Mustang Adopts Bible Course Developed by Hobby Lobby President

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The Mustang school board voted Monday (April 14) to adopt a Bible course developed by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green. The board agreed to beta-test the first year of the Museum of the Bible Curriculum, a four-year public school elective on the narrative, history and impact of the Bible.
The Mustang, Okla., school board voted Monday (April 14) to adopt a Bible course developed by Steve Green, clearing the way for the Hobby Lobby president, whose suit against the Affordable Care Act is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, to enter another charged arena at the borderline of church and state.
Oklahoma Music
6:33 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Stillwater band Colourmusic Explores the Sound of the Color Purple

Ryan Hendrix and Nick Ley of Colourmusic
Credit Ryan LaCroix

Earlier this week, Stillwater band Colourmusic released their new album, May You Marry Rich, via British label Memphis Industries. It’s their third full-length and showcases the band’s perpetual shift in sound.

When I first met Colourmusic, they were a five piece and often dressed in matching white jumpsuits. They were a whimsical band that often used gimmicks in their live show. These gimmicks included a satire on the modern American family, where band members dressed as a father, mother, son, daughter and uncle.

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2:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Oklahoma City Pursuing Eminent Domain For Proposed Convention Center

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On March 18, the Oklahoma City Council authorized city staff to file an eminent domain claim for several lots west of Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma Gazette's Ben Felder has more.
After failing to negotiate a purchase price with the owners of several lots west of Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Oklahoma City Council authorized city staff to file an eminent domain claim with a vote on March 18.The timing of the vote is one that Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid finds ironic.
Politics
6:50 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Transgender Oklahoma City officer to seek House post

Credit paulasophia.com

A transgender Oklahoma City police officer retired from the force Monday and plans to run for an open seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Democrat Paula Sophia Schonauer said she plans to file paperwork on Thursday to be a candidate for House District 88 in central Oklahoma City that includes Heritage Hills and the Midtown and Plaza districts.

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2014 Elections Starts
1:55 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Candidates File for the 2014 Election

Candidates wait in line to file for 2014 elections

  The first day of filing for political office ended at the State Capitol Wednesday and saw more people than any opening day in at least 16 years.

419 people filed for federal, state and local positions.

At exactly 8:00, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax makes the announcement.

“May I have your attention please. The 2014 candidate filing period is now open.”

The first man to file, Max Wolfley, came to the Capitol Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 to be first in line to run for the Republican ticket for House District 95.

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Environment
5:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers

A male lesser prairie chicken in the Texas Panhandle. The bird's entire habitat includes parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Jon McRoberts AP

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:29 pm

It's prairie chicken mating season!

Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.

But after they were recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. government, complaints of federal overreach and lawsuits have followed.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

OK Policy Poll: Voters Oppose Tax Incentives for Horizontal Drilling

Click here to read the full .pdf explaining the poll results.
Click here to read the full .pdf explaining the poll results.

Click here to read the full .pdf explaining the poll results.

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2:19 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

OKIE MUSIC NEWS: Red City Radio, John Fullbright, Leon Russell & more

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OklahomaRock.com published a "catch-up" of Oklahoma music news of the past few weeks from Red City Radio, John Fullbright, Leon Russell, Wrathschild, Jabee, Lizard Police, Crystal Vision, Horse Thief, and much more.
So, I've been trying to play catch-up with life ever since SXSW-ing it for a week. And just now, I get a chance to post a new story...which will be a catch-up of (most) of what I missed while I was being silent.
World Cafe
5:37 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

World Cafe Next: Horse Thief

Horse Thief.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Listen To Two Songs By Horse Thief

Fear in Bliss. That's the name of the debut album from the psychedelic folk-rock band Horse Thief. Originally from Denton, Texas, the band moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. The academic woodshedding was extremely fruitful, and Horse Thief caught the attention of The Flaming Lips' management and a high-profile independent label.

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