Closings
6:56 am
Thu May 7, 2015

School Closings

School Closings and delays via KFOR.com

All Saints Catholic School

Closed Today

Amber-Pocasset Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Bridge Creek Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Go Church-Norman

Open at 8:30 AM Today

Moore-Norman Tech

Open at 12:00 PM Today

Mount Saint Mary High School

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

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The Two-Way
6:42 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Tornadoes Rake Oklahoma, Destroying Homes And Injuring 12

The driver of a truck that crashed during severe weather on Interstate 35 gestures to his rescuers after being cut from the truck in Moore, Okla., on Wednesday.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 11:40 am

More than a dozen tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma on Wednesday, destroying homes and injuring 12 people.

The Oklahoman reports that the damage is widespread and that the thunderstorms that spawned the twisters also brought lots of rain that could lead to record flooding.

The paper reports:

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Energy
6:03 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

Oil pump jacks in Williston, N.D., in December. Oil prices have been on the rise, but some analysts say the global economic slowdown, fracking and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

Oil prices hit a new high for the year Wednesday — closing at just under $61 a barrel. They've been rallying for a month, but nobody's predicting $4-per-gallon gasoline anytime soon. And some analysts say weak demand will send oil prices down again.

The recent rise follows an historic drop in prices, which were as low as about $45 a barrel less than two months ago.

So to understand what's going on now, let's look at what sent prices tumbling in the first place

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World Cafe
11:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

World Cafe Next: John Moreland

John Moreland
Kris Payne/Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.

Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.

Set List:

  • John Moreland, 'High on Tulsa Heat'
  • John Moreland, 'Cleveland County Blues'
Around the Nation
8:37 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Texas Governor Backtracks After Pentagon Denies Takeover Plot

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 2:12 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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Headlines
8:13 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Headlines: Texting/Driving Ban, Tax Cuts & Artists at the Capitol

Headlines for Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

  • Oklahoma officially bans texting and driving ,effective November 1. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin is signing a bill banning the use of tobacco products in public schools. (AP)

  • Budget negotiators are hoping to have an agreement by the end of the week. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

New Mix: Hop Along, Other Lives & Wet

Hop Along

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

Today, we hear the catchy, raspy-voiced rock from Hop Along, a slight shift in sound from Stillwater band Other Lives, and a dose of R&B and dance sounds from Wet.

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

Religion
5:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

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Testing
10:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Two Bills Seek to Replace End-of-Instruction Exams with One Test. But What Test?

Representative David Derby (R - Owasso) authored House Bill 1622.
Credit okhous

There are two bills idling in the legislature that would address what many have called excessive testing in Oklahoma’s schools. But the two bills are fundamentally different.

School children in Oklahoma – and across the country—take quite a few tests these days.

Some believe - too many.

It was under this same premise that Representative David Derby wrote House Bill 1622.

"I got pulled in to the principal’s office, quite literally in Owasso, from one of the counselors there at the high school. And she said, Representative Derby, we are testing our kids too much."

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Heavy Rotation
9:08 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Other Lives settled down in Portland, Oregon to record "Reconfiguration," a song opbmusic couldn't get enough of this month.
Emily Ulmer / courtesy of the artist

Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song and then we feature one of those songs on Morning Edition.

Other Lives left their hometown of Stillwater, Oklahoma two years ago and relocated to Portland, Oregon to record the follow-up to 2011's Tamer Animals. In an exhaustive search for a new musical identity, the band wrote more than 60 prospective songs for their latest album, Rituals. If the lead single, "Reconfiguration," is any indication, the change of scenery did them some good. Like many of their previous efforts, "Reconfiguration" features rolling piano arrangements and lush production, but gone are the obvious folk influences and the echoey sonic imagery of wide open spaces. Moodier and smoother than its earthy predecessors, "Reconfiguration" showcases Jesse Tabish's sultry singing, which is more emotive than on past recordings. And this time around, the echo chamber is reserved for a haunting backing chorus that would give listeners the creeps if the overall arrangement weren't so damn sexy. —Jerad Walker, opbmusic

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