11:11 am
Sun July 12, 2015

Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan Is the Winner of the Miss USA Pageant 2015

Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan, a Tulsa native, took home the Miss USA crown tonight, beating out 50 other contestants.
Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma, took home the crown at this year's Miss USA pageant, in a contest that was mired in controversy after it's co-owner Donald Trump made a series of highly controversial comments about Mexicans. The pageant was held in Baton Rouge, La. for the second year in a row.
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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:32 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Emails Reveal Fallin Didn’t Want To Face Connection Between Quakes, Oil Industry

Oil-field workers tend to American Energy-Woodford's Judge South well in November 2014 well shortly after the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered it temporarily shut-in.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

In November 2011, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck near Prague, Okla., causing significant damage and injuring two people. Right away, the possibility that the disposal of wastewater by injecting it deep into the earth — part of the hydraulic fracturing process — was to blame came up.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Forecast Says Oil Price Could Fall Amid Weak Demand

Stacked rigs are seen along with other idled oil drilling equipment at a depot in Dickinson, N.D., last month. The International Energy Agency forecasts a continued drop in oil prices amid overproduction and falling global demand.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 1:17 pm

Oil prices have further to fall before bottoming out amid a surge in production, mainly by OPEC nations, and a weakening of global demand, according to the International Energy Agency's latest forecast.

In the second quarter of 2015, the world's supply of oil was 96.39 million barrels a day, outstripping demand of 93.13 million barrels a day, according to the IEA's Oil Market Report, which described the world oil market as "massively oversupplied."

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US News
8:32 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Marking Historic Moment, South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag

The crowd sings after an honor guard lowers the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds for the last time Friday.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 1:09 pm

During an emotional ceremony and amid popular cheers, the Confederate battle flag was brought down from a 30-foot flagpole that sits on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C.

The historic ceremony marked the end of an era and was conducted by South Carolina state troopers, who marched in formation in front of a cheering crowd of hundreds.

Slowly, the troopers cranked the flag down from the pole, folded it, rolled it up and marched out.

The crowd chanted, "USA! USA! USA!"

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8:13 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Headlines: Fort Sill Jobs, OKC Purple Hearts and Brunch Professionals

Headlines for Friday, July 10, 2015:

  • The state Board of Correction delays a vote on the early release of prisoners. (KSWO)

  • Former inmates could be housed in Enid soon. (Enid News & Eagle)

  • Despite cuts to the military, Fort Sill is gaining jobs. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
5:08 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Confederate Flag Bill Into Law

With her predecessors in the governor's office and others looking on, Gov. Nikki Haley signs into law a bill that removes the Confederate flag from the State House in Columbia.
Richard Ellis EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 5:27 pm

In a public signing ceremony staged in the lobby of the Statehouse where slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney once worked in the state Senate, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to remove the Confederate battle flag from a flagpole on the Capitol grounds.

Thursday afternoon's event drew an extensive list of South Carolina's political establishment, including former Govs. Jim Hodges, David Beasley and Dick Riley — as well as the families of Pinckney and the eight other shooting victims who were attacked in a black church in Charleston last month.

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The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Government Extending Federal Benefits To All Married Same-Sex Couples

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, seen at a May news conference at the Justice Department, announced the change in federal marriage benefits on Thursday.
Cliff Owen AP

The government said Thursday it will make federal marriage benefits available to all same-sex couples.

The Obama administration had previously extended most federal benefits to married same-sex couples. But the federal government could not distribute Social Security and VA benefits to couples living in states where such marriages were prohibited.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:54 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Record Rainfall Magnifies Problems For Oklahoma’s Aging Flood Control Dams

Oklahoma Conservation Commission Watershed Technician Dennis Boney inspects damage to Wildhorse 80's spillway in Garvin County.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

More than 2,000 dams in Oklahoma have protected lives and property from flooding for decades. But age is catching up with them, and many need repairs. And this spring’s record rainfall is putting dams under even more pressure.

Catastrophic flooding used to just be part of life in Oklahoma. Ask anyone who was around in the late 1950s, like Allen Hensley, who grew up on Rock Creek in south-central Oklahoma.

“My dad took me down and showed me Rock Creek when I was a boy; and a beautiful corn crop,” Hensley says. “And the next day it was water, flooded.”

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Thu July 9, 2015

New Hosts To Join NPR's 'All Things Considered'

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 10:52 am

All Things Considered, NPR's flagship evening news program, is expanding its lineup of hosts: Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join veterans Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on weekdays, and Michel Martin will become the new host of the weekend show.

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8:37 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Headlines: Executions Set, School Testing & Gas Bill Increases

Headlines for Thursday, July 9, 2015:

  • Three death row inmates who lost their legal battle in the US Supreme Court will die before the end of the year. (NewsOK)

  • The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court denies former Chief Chad Smith’s challenge of the recent election. (Muskogee Phoenix)

  • A new survey shows the number of chronically homeless in Oklahoma City dropped for the second straight year. (NewsOK)

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