A Prairie Home Companion
6:05 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Keillor Says He's Done After Next Season's 'Prairie Home'

Garrison Keillor
prairiehome.org

Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show, says he means it this time: He's retiring.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Mix: Wilco, RP Boo & Thundercat

Wilco

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

Today, we play music from the surprise new Wilco album, hip-hop and house mash-ups from RP Boo, and a funky new song from Thundercat.

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

StateImpact Oklahoma
4:06 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Stillwater Approves New Oil and Gas Rules, Industry Says They Might Violate New Law

Stillwater resident Tammy Mix's sons play on the sidewalk as a drilling rig peeks above the tree line behind her Stillwater home in 2014.
Credit Tamara Mix

After months of debate, drafting and deferring, the Stillwater City Council on Monday approved a stricter oil and gas ordinance.

The council unanimously approved the new rules, which were crafted with the input of residents, the energy industry and Senate Bill 809 — legislation that goes into effect in August preventing municipalities from enacting ordinances that ban fracking and other oil and gas activities, The Oklahoman‘s Adam Wilmoth reports:

The ordinance applies only to new wells. It imposes a 660-foot setback from the property line of “protected use” properties, including homes, churches, parks, schools, libraries and hospitals. It also forbids new structures being built within 400 feet of oil and gas wells put in after the ordinance becomes effective.

Ambient noise from drilling operations at the setback boundary will be limited to 69 decibels, which is about the same noise level as a vacuum cleaner. The ordinance includes higher variances from that sound level for limited periods of time.

Operators will be required to carry general liability commercial insurance policies of at least $1 million and environmental impairment insurance of at least $2 million. General umbrella liability coverage of at least $5 million also would apply.

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Local News
8:22 am
Tue July 21, 2015

New Survey Reveals Poverty Indicators Worsening For Oklahoma Children, Teens

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Oklahoma ranks in the bottom quarter of states in childhood wellbeing according to an annual survey out Tuesday morning from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The state's placement remained steady from last year.

The Kids Count Data Book shows 24 percent of Oklahoma children live in poverty, and the new survey ranks the state 39th in the nation when it comes to the overall wellbeing of children.

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Headlines
8:16 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Headlines: Stillwater Drilling, Historic Chalkboard & Tulsa Shock Moving

Headlines for Tuesday, July 21, 2015:

  • Stillwater City Council approves rules for oil and gas drilling. (NewsOK)

  • A 4.4 magnitude earthquake shakes most of Oklahoma as one of several over the past 24 hours. (News9)

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Education
1:26 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Will OKCPS Spend $26,000 To Protect Historic Chalkboards?

Jacob McCleland / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange
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Headlines
8:42 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Headlines: Overdose Meds, Russell's Debt & Million Dollar Homes

Headlines for Monday, July 20, 2015:

  • Oklahoma City police could soon carry a drug to save people from overdose deaths. (NewsOK)

  • A grand jury begins investigating allegations of wrongdoing against the Tulsa County sheriff's office. (AP)

  • The Corporation Commission is increasing the number of injection wells it monitors. (Journal Record)

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US News
5:18 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Old U.S. Embassy In Havana Becomes The New One As Relations Are Restored

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 8:40 am

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Business
10:13 am
Sat July 18, 2015

From Highways To Trade Deal, What Big Business Wants By Christmas

It could be a bumpy road ahead for Congress — not least because, well, they'll have to find ways to fund fixes for old, bumpy roads.
trekandshoot iStockphoto

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 2:47 pm

Temperatures soar, flowers bloom and the sun rises early. On these long summer days, there still seems to be plenty of time for achieving your 2015 goals.

But not if you are a business lobbyist. For you, time is short.

Here's what you want by Christmas: a Pacific Rim trade deal; an updated No Child Left Behind Act; revival of the Export-Import Bank; long-term highway funding and a completed federal budget.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:40 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

State Authorities Broaden Disposal Well Regulations in Earthquake-Prone Regions

Oklahoma oil and gas authorities are expanding regulations on disposal wells in earthquake-prone regions of the state. The orders, known as directives, were issued this week and broaden restrictions issued nearly four months ago.

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