Headlines
6:51 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Headlines: Justice Reform, Oil Spill & Job Cuts

Headlines for Tuesday, February 17, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin says a more than $600 million budget deficit won’t stop justice reform in the state. (NewsOK)

  • An Osage County couple is dealing with an oil spill in their pond. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma City hopes a new pipeline will help with water issues if drought persists in the state. (NewsOK)

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Local News
6:30 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Closings for Tuesday, February 17th

Closings for Tuesday, February 17, 2015:

Closings in northeast Oklahoma, via KJRH.com

http://www.kjrh.com/closings

Central Oklahoma closings, via News9:

http://www.news9.com/Global/Category.asp?C=120872

Energy
4:51 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

With Quakes Spiking, Oil Industry Is Under The Microscope In Oklahoma

A functioning oil rig sits in front of the capital building in Oklahoma City, Okla. The oil industry is an important employer in the state, but officials are concerned a technique used to dispose of wastewater from oil extraction is behind a surge in earthquakes here.
Frank Morris KCUR

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 12:24 pm

Out on Oklahoma's flat prairie, Medford, population about 900, is the kind of place where people give directions from the four-way stop in the middle of town.

It seems pretty sedate, but it's not. "We are shaking all the time," says Dea Mandevill, the city manager. "All the time."

The afternoon I stopped by, Mandevill says two quakes had already rumbled through Medford.

"Light day," she laughs. But, she adds, "the day's not over yet; we still have several more hours."

Mandevill may be laughing it off, but Austin Holland, the state seismologist, isn't.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:37 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Frequent Small Earthquakes Raise Risk of Bigger Ones in Oklahoma, Study Suggests

USGS geophysicist William Ellsworth.
Credit Michael Digg;es / U.S. Geological Survey

The daily occurrence of small earthquakes linked to oil and gas drilling in Oklahoma increases the likelihood of larger earthquakes, new research suggests.

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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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