StateImpact Oklahoma
3:19 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Years After Earthquake, Oklahoma College Still Shaken by Cracked Budgets and Broken Buildings

Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen of St. Gregory's Monastery traces cracks in the walls of the monk's workshop, which was damaged in a 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck the nearby city of Prague in November 2011.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma appears to be accelerating, and the state is responding.

Lawmakers have scheduled capitol hearings and oil and gas regulators will soon issue stricter guidelines on disposal wells linked to the shaking. Future earthquakes are a big concern, but one Oklahoma institution is still dealing with the damage one quake caused nearly four years ago.

St. Gregory’s University is an Oklahoma earthquake icon. When the 5.7-magnitude quake struck near the city of Prague in November 2011, one of the school’s century-old, Tudor Gothic-style towers collapsed. Another started spitting bricks.

The earthquake is Oklahoma’s largest recorded with modern instruments. It’s also the largest earthquake anywhere that scientists have linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry. Two people were injured. None at St. Gregory’s.

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Local News
9:04 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Obama Highlights Internet Access Gaps At Choctaw Nation

President Barack Obama talks with attendees of a speech in Durant, Oklahoma on July 15, 2015.
Jacob McCleland / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Millions of American students don’t have access to high speed internet at home, putting them at an educational disadvantage. On Wednesday, president Barack Obama began his two-day visit to Oklahoma by unveiling a new plan to bring internet service into low income households.

The president was met with applause and introduced himself with the Choctaw greeting “Halito” at Durant High School in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Obama checked off some of the accomplishments under his administration --- like private sector job growth, a stronger housing market and more insured Americans. That, he said, is the good news.

“But I also made it clear when I came into office, even as we’re trying to make sure the entire economy recovers, we also have to pay attention to those communities that all too often have been neglected and fallen behind,” Obama said. “And as part of that, I said, ‘We’re going to do better by our First Americans. We’re going to do better.’”

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Law
5:55 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Is It Possible To Let More People Out Of Prison, And Keep Crime Down?

Inmates at California's Chino State Prison exercise in the prison yard in 2010. A proposition that was passed in the state last year reclassified certain crimes, releasing thousands of inmates earlier than had been anticipated.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 2:12 pm

President Obama has made incarceration reform a White House theme this week. On Monday, he commuted the sentences of 46 mostly nonviolent drug offenders; and on Tuesday, he spoke about reducing the prison population in a speech to the NAACP.

"The United States is home to 5 percent of the world's population but 25 percent of the world's prisoners," Obama said. "Think about that. Our incarceration rate is four times higher than China's."

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Here & Now
4:35 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Obama Calls For Criminal Justice Reforms

President Obama addresses attendees at the 106th NAACP national convention on July 14, 2015 in Philadelphia. Obama's speech addressed the unfairness in our criminal justice system and offered ideas for reform. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 4:35 pm

In a speech Tuesday, President Obama called for fixing what he called the “broken system” of criminal justice, which he said sends too many non-violent drug offenders to prison for too long because of Reagan-era mandatory minimum sentencing.

On Monday, Obama commuted the sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders. In a personal letter to each soon-to-be ex-prisoner, Obama warned them, “it will not be easy” for them once they get out. Thursday, he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison.

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National Security
12:51 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Obama Says Iran Nuclear Deal Meets U.S. National Security Interests

President Obama answers questions about the nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday at a news conference in Washington.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 4:41 pm

This post was last updated at 2:54 p.m. ET

President Obama offered a robust defense of the historic deal struck with Iran on its nuclear program, saying it meets the "national security interests of the United States and its allies."

In a more than hourlong news conference, Obama dismissed criticism of the deal, acknowledging that he expects "robust" debate over the agreement in Congress, but urging lawmakers to evaluate "this agreement based on the facts, not on politics, not on posturing."

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World Cafe
6:10 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

John Moreland On World Cafe

John Moreland
Kris Payne/Courtesy of the artist

After starting out in the punk scene, Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland decided it was best to start writing about himself. That attitude, and a new Americana sound, helped lend depth and honesty to his new album, High On Tulsa Heat. Moreland's World Cafe session is one of the most unexpectedly beautiful in a while.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

New Mix: Yuck, Julia Holter & Maximum Balloon

Yuck

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

Today, we have distorted guitar sounds and low-fi vocals from Yuck, intimate new music from Julia Holter, and a big ol' collaboration from Maximum Balloon, Karen O and Tunde Adebimpe.

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

World News
3:05 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

6 Things You Should Know About The Iran Nuclear Deal

A satellite image shows the Fordow facility in Iran. Under an agreement with six world powers, Iran would stop enriching uranium at the facility.
DigitalGlobe Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 9:12 am

Iran, the United States and five other world powers have reached a landmark agreement about the future of Iran's nuclear programs.

The agreement that emerged after years of diplomacy and a final, marathon negotiating session by top diplomats over the past three weeks in Vienna is complex and highly technical.

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World News
3:01 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal Expected To Have Widespread Economic Impact

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond and US Secretary of State John Kerry talk prior to a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria July 14, 2015. Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations with an agreement that could potentially transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender". (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 3:09 pm

The landmark deal over Iran’s nuclear program will lift sanctions against the country, which will have economic consequences around the globe.

In terms of oil prices, Iranian officials are trying to get up to a million additional barrels of Iranian oil to the market, in a time when there is already oversupply and low prices. The lifting of sanctions also opens the door to other countries who want to expand their oil industries into Iran.

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The Two-Way
9:21 am
Tue July 14, 2015

NASA Zooms In On Pluto, For Closest Views Yet

An image of Pluto that was taken by New Horizons shortly before its flyby Tuesday shows a heart-shaped pattern on the planet's surface. NASA says Pluto "sent a love note back to Earth."
NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:50 pm

New images of Pluto have arrived from a NASA space probe, and they're already allowing scientists to update what we know about the dwarf planet — such as its size. NASA's New Horizons probe has traveled more than 3 billion miles to send photos and data about Pluto back to Earth.

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