Politics
4:29 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On

Debra Bowen, then California secretary of state, demonstrates the state's online voter registration system when it was launched in 2012. Voters can also still register using a paper form.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:42 pm

Voters in more than half the states will soon be able to register online, rather than filling out a paper form and sending it in.

Twenty states have implemented online voter registration so far, almost all in the past few years. Seven other states and the District of Columbia are now in the process of doing so. That includes Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last Friday requiring the state to allow online voter registration by 2017.

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KEXP Favorite Sessions
11:36 am
Mon May 18, 2015

KEXP Presents: Other Lives

Other Lives performs live in the KEXP studio.
Amber Knecht / KEXP

"Let's get heavy," Other Lives frontman Jesse Tabish jokes before launching into an explanation of the dichotomies behind the band's new album, Rituals. Conflating old and new styles, while also exploring the balance between humanity's primal nature and an isolating modern world, the Portland-via-Stillwater, Okla., band's densely layered songs still somehow seem light and airy.

Rituals isn't the product of a group going through the motions, either: The group just pared itself down from five members to three (both Josh Onstott and Jonathon Mooney remained and relocated with Tabish), but this is Other Lives' most adventurous set of songs to date. To bring that rich sound to life, the band packed the small KEXP live room with all kinds of instruments — horns, strings, keys, drums, timpani, vibraphone, you name it — for a sensational in-studio performance.

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Music
9:09 am
Mon May 18, 2015

'Lost Tapes' of Bob Wills Restored By Oklahoma's 46 Star Records

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The Oklahoma Historical Society celebrates the launch of 46 Star Records tonight at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Their first release will be unearthed radio sessions of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys on 180-gram vinyl records.

You’re hearing a restored version of a 1949 radio recording of “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” by western swing pioneers Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. It’s one of 12 songs included on Let’s Play, Boys, a compilation of rediscovered songs from the personal transcriptions of Bob Wills.

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Headlines
8:39 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Headlines: Power Outages, GOP Conference & Gas Prices

Headlines for Monday, May 18, 2015:

  • The reserve deputy controversy in the Tulsa Sheriff’s office might jeopardize plans for a new jail. (Tulsa World)

  • Public Service of Oklahoma crews are working to restore power in northeast Oklahoma. (Fox23)

  • The Cherokee Tribe’s economic impact in northeast Oklahoma is booming. (Journal Record)

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Sun May 17, 2015

WATCH: Tornado Skirts Past Cows In Oklahoma

A tornado in Elmer, Okla., on Saturday.
TVNWeather.com YouTube

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 2:21 pm

Tornadoes in western Oklahoma damaged homes, brought down power lines and otherwise caused havoc Saturday evening, but no casualties have been reported.

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Third Grade Reading Test
5:11 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Fifteen Percent of Third Graders Face Retention Based on Preliminary Test Results

Third grade reading scores came out on Friday, and about 85 percent of the test-takers will be promoted to fourth grade based on the preliminary results released by the State Department of Education.

Under the Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act, students must attain at least a “Limited Knowledge” score on the third grade reading test to be automatically promoted to the fourth grade.

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4:55 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail

Bloomberg Business reports that Harold Hamm, the billionaire CEO of Continental Resources, told a dean at the University of Oklahoma that he wanted earthquake researchers dismissed.
Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that he wanted certain scientists there dismissed who were studying links between oil and gas activity and the state's nearly 400-fold increase in earthquakes, according to the dean's e-mail recounting the conversation.
This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Gun Bills, Bond Issues & GOP Domestic Violence

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about Governor Fallin vetoing a bill to keep cities from banning guns at events, but signs a bill allowing for guns at schools as well as two $25 million bonds for the American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City and the OK POP museum in Tulsa.

The trio also discuss calls by Republicans to fire a member of the state GOP who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse and for the first time this fiscal year, general revenue collections fell below estimates.

Headlines
8:23 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Headlines: AG Accusations, College Tuition & Special Olympics

Headlines for Friday, May 15, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney general is facing accusations his office lied to the US Supreme Court. (KFOR)

  • The $25 million dollar bond for the American Indian Cultural center moves forward. (NewsOK)

  • Tulsa’s popular cultural museum, OKPOP, bond makes it out of committee. (Tulsa World)

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Headlines
8:17 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Headlines: Social Promotion, Ballot Access & Livable Streets

Headlines for Thursday, May 14, 2015:

  • Three Republican Women in the state Senate are asking for the resignation of a state GOP operative. (NewsOK)

  • Lawmakers are debating changes to the state’s third grade reading retention law. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill creating greater ballot access for third parties. (NewsOK)

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