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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Money for Education
2:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Bill Gives Money to Schools, but Takes From Roads

  The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is raising concerns about a bill heading to the full Senate to take money away from road and bridge projects.

An amended piece of legislation would move the money to common education.

An amendment to House Bill 2642 takes half of the nearly $60 million which would have gone every year to ODOT and gives it to Common Education.

ODOT Director Mike Patterson says while the lack of funding won’t impact work on structurally deficient bridges there are a couple of Oklahoma City projects which could see delays.

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Common Core
6:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP

Conservative Republicans and business leaders are butting heads when it comes to the Common Core standards.
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Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:47 pm

Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. "They've all been behind this."

Now, things are different.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate

T.W. Shannon speaks before a joint session of the Oklahoma House and Senate in Oklahoma City on Feb. 3.
Sue Ogrocki AP

The announcement by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he is resigning his seat at the end of the year has set up a spirited battle among Oklahoma Republicans to replace him.

Leading the pack are Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. At age 36, Shannon is an up-and-coming star in the GOP, and if elected he would become the third African-American in the Senate — two of them Republicans.

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