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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Local News
6:18 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Monday's Winter Weather Closings

Links to closings in central Oklahoma via The Oklahoman:

http://newsok.com/weather/closings

...and, in northeast Oklahoma via KJRH:

http://www.kjrh.com/closings

All Tech Considered
6:17 am
Mon February 16, 2015

As Rules Get Sorted Out, Drones May Transform Agriculture Industry

Jimmy Underhill, drone technician for Agribotix, holds a drone at a farm in rural Weld County, Colorado.
Luke Runyon KUNC

Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 4:57 pm

On a breezy morning next to a cornfield in rural Weld County, Colo., Jimmy Underhill quickly assembles a black and orange drone with four spinning rotors.

"This one just flies itself," he says. "It's fully autonomous."

Underhill is a drone technician with Agribotix, a Colorado-based drone startup that sees farmers as its most promising market. Today he's training his fellow employees how to work the machine in the field.

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7:11 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Former Oklahoma State Star Darrell Williams Is This Year's Least-Known Comeback Story

The Dallas Morning News reports on former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams and his new life at Texas A&M-Commerce, after being cleared by the Innocence Project of rape charges.
COMMERCE - Darrell Williams' Texas A&M-Commerce basketball teammates call him Big Bro. The nickname befits his age, 25, and the 6-8, 245-pound force he's become in his first and only season with the Lions. Mostly, though, it pays homage to him and how he got here.
The Salt
12:49 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

The recipe for guacamole in musician Jack White's concert rider is more like a guacamole salad. But chef Martin Morales says it's pretty good.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 2:52 pm

Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, must really hate bananas. Because according to his concert rider, which was recently made public, he doesn't want to lay eyes on one at his concerts.

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The Two-Way
11:14 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Commercial Drone Rules To Limit Their Weight, Speed And Altitude

Drones are displayed at an event with the Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Coalition, last month. The FAA's proposed new rules for their commercial use require certified pilots to fly them and limit their speed, altitude and area of operation.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 3:59 pm

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

The Federal Aviation Administration has released long-awaited draft rules on the operation of pilotless drones, opening the nation's airspace to the commercial possibilities of the burgeoning technology, but not without restrictions.

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Around the Nation
7:32 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Colorado's Marijuana Money Going Up In Smoke

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 12:49 pm

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Politics
10:15 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Around The U.S., Voting Technology Is All Over The Place

Election worker Bradley Kryst loads voting machines onto a truck at the Clark County election warehouse on Nov. 3, in North Las Vegas. As voting machine technology changes, state elections officials are trying to keep up.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 12:46 pm

Remember all that new voting equipment purchased after the 2000 presidential election, when those discredited punch card machines were tossed out? Now, the newer machines are starting to wear out.

Election officials are trying to figure out what to do before there's another big voting disaster and vendors have lined up to help.

During their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, state election officials previewed the latest voting equipment from one of the industry's big vendors, Election Systems and Software.

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Headlines
8:53 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Headlines: Budget Deficit Grows, Stillwater Drilling & Chemical Castration

Headlines for Friday, February 13th, 2015:

  • State leader worry the budget deficit might double. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma is graduating more high school students than the national average at 85%. (OK Watch)

  • Lawmakers hope a bill which passed out of committee can reduce prison overcrowding.(Tulsa World)

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