StateImpact Oklahoma
6:39 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

New Research Links Oklahoma’s Earthquake Surge to Oil and Gas Disposal Wells

Oil-field workers lining up a section of pipe at a disposal well plug-back operation in Grant County, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The vast majority of Oklahoma’s recent earthquakes occurred in areas where the energy industry pumped underground massive amounts of waste fluid byproducts of oil and gas production, scientists write in a new paper published Thursday.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:21 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Drought-Breaking Rain Proving Too Much, Too Late for Oklahoma Wheat Farmers

A combine crew from South Dakota harvests wheat near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

May 2015 was Oklahoma’s wettest month on record. The historic rainfall washed away an economically draining drought that haunted parts of the state for five years. For many wheat farmers in southwestern Oklahoma, however, the record rainfall is too much, too late.

To find a farmer in the wide, unbroken prairie of southwest Oklahoma, scan the horizon and look for clouds — of dust. In a field five miles south of Altus, Fred Schmedt peers through the haze and watches a gray-and-black combine pull alongside a tractor with a grain cart.

Schmedt grins as the bin fills.

“We’re really tickled to death,” he says.

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3:56 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Obama Mourns Charleston Victims, But Laments 'Politics' Of Gun Control

President Obama pauses while speaking in the White House Briefing Room about the church shooting in Charleston, S.C.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:44 pm

This post has been updated.

A day after a shooting left nine dead in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., President Obama mourned the losses and lamented the politics of gun control.

"At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," Obama said from the White House Briefing Room. "It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it."

Still, Obama noted that power is limited.

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US News
12:24 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Authorities Arrest Suspect in South Carolina Church Shooting

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8:53 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Headlines: Dealing with Bill, Gun Laws & Norman Music Fest

Headlines for Thursday, June 18, 2015:

  • Dealing with the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill. (AccuWeather)
  • More Oklahoma counties are getting assistance as a result of storms and flooding that battered the state last month. (AP)

  • US Labor Department fines drilling company in deaths of three rig hands. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
8:47 am
Thu June 18, 2015

Pope Francis: Climate Change A 'Principal Challenge' For Humanity

Cardinals follow a news conference to present Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si," or "Praise Be," at the Vatican on Thursday. The far-reaching papal letter addressed climate change and the poor.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 10:59 am

Pope Francis today issued a sweeping 184-page papal letter, writing that climate change is a global problem with far reaching environmental and social consequences — especially for the poor. He blamed apathy and greed and called on developing countries to limit the use of nonrenewable energy and to assist poorer nations.

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The Two-Way
1:08 am
Thu June 18, 2015

9 Dead In Shooting At Charleston, S.C., Church

A man reacts while talking to police officer Wednesday night near the scene of shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
Randall Hill Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 8:47 pm

A shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church late Wednesday killed nine people, officials reported at a press conference.

Police say they are searching for one suspect, described as a slim white man approximately 21 years old. The FBI is aiding in the investigation.

Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said eight people were found dead at the scene and a ninth died at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Storm Pours More Rain On Drenched Texas

A weather radar map shows the position of Tropical Depression Bill in Texas, as of Wednesday morning.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 8:46 am

Flood watches have been issued for areas of central and northern Texas, since Tropical Storm Bill came ashore and makes its way up the state. Rainfall of 4-8 inches is forecast in a band stretching from Texas up to Missouri, with some areas receiving up to 12 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

"These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods," the service's forecasters say.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

New Mix: Sheer Mag, Ashley Monroe & Sunny & Gabe

Sheer Mag

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we have a working class anthem from Philadelphia band Sheer Mag, the clever songwriting of Ashley Monroe, and the mishmash sounds of Sunny & Gabe.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

World News
3:21 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

How Mexico Quietly Legalized Same-Sex Marriage

Fernando Urias (left) and Victor Manuel Aguirre kiss after they learned they were allowed to marry, during a protest outside the municipal palace in the northern border city of Mexicali, Mexico, on Jan. 17.
Alex Cossio AP

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

In the U.S., the Supreme Court's widely anticipated ruling on same-sex marriage has been the focus of nonstop speculation and debate. In Mexico, meanwhile, the highest court effectively legalized same-sex unions this month with a decision that was so low key many failed to notice.

Mexico's Supreme Court quietly published an opinion, known as a jurisprudential thesis, ruling that defining marriage as a union only between a man and a woman is discriminatory and in violation of Mexico's constitution.

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