StateImpact Oklahoma
3:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

High-Rate Disposal Wells Could Have Triggered Oklahoma Earthquakes, New Study Suggests

Joe Wertz / State Impact Oklahoma

This year, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes than California. There is a growing body of scientific research that suggests oil and gas production is fueling this increase in seismic activity.

new paper published today in the journal Science, suggests a small number of wastewater wells used in drilling operations could be responsible for many of the quakes.

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Sports
1:33 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Thunder Signs Former Lottery Pick Sebastian Telfair

The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly agreed to terms with point guard Sebastian Telfair.

The former lottery pick has played for seven NBA teams in nine seasons, but last played in 2013-14 for Tianjin Ronggang in China, averaging 26.1 points and six assists. For his NBA career, Telfair has averaged 7.4 points and 3.5 assists.

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12:45 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Error-Ridden Military Hospitals Lack Consistent Scrutiny

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The New York Times finds persistent lapses in military hospitals of patient protection, revealing system in which scrutiny is sporadic and avoidable errors are chronic. The article includes a look at Reynolds Army Community Hospital at Ft. Sill.
FORT SILL, Okla. - Jessica Zeppa, five months pregnant, the wife of a soldier, showed up four times at Reynolds Army Community Hospital here in pain, weak, barely able to swallow and fighting a fever. The last time, she declared that she was not leaving until she could get warm.
The Protojournalist
11:13 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Freedom To NOT Celebrate Independence Day

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 2:41 pm

Celebrating Independence Day on July Fourth is as American as burgers and dogs on the grill, lemonade in plastic cups, apple pie on paper plates, baseball, fireworks and Sousa marches.

Except for those Americans who don't celebrate it at all.

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Planet Money
10:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

This spring, the U.S. finally gained back all the jobs that were lost during the recession. In other words, the number of jobs in the country is now higher than it was back in January 2008, at the beginning of the recession.

But the jobs are different — and they're in different places. In a handful of states, there are lots more jobs than there used to be. But in many others, there are still far fewer jobs than there were before the recession.

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Treasurer says FY2014 up 4% from 2013
4:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

State Agencies Take Cuts Despite Increase in Tax Collections

This chart shows the monthly gross receipts to the Office of the State Treasurer from July 2013 to June 2014.
Credit Office of the State Treasurer

Oklahoma’s revenue collections for the 2014 fiscal year ended on a high note at the end of last month with receipts coming in more than 4% above June of 2013.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross reports, while the money keeps coming in, state agencies continue to feel the pinch.

Most state agencies saw a reduction of more than 5% from lawmakers and the governor at the end of the 2014 session and recently 66 agencies were reduced another 0.12%.

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Health
4:45 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Tulsa Hospital's MD Anderson Partnership Brings Higher Quality Care to Oklahoma

Credit facebook.com/StJohnHealthSystem

La Fortune Cancer Center inside Tulsa's St. John Medical Center announced a budding partnership Tuesday with MD Anderson one of the foremost cancer treatment centers in the world. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports  the alliance may bring new hope to patients.

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Health
10:37 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Oklahoma Prescribes Fourth Most Painkillers in the U.S.

cdc.gov

Powerful painkillers have been driving the nation's rising rate of overdose deaths, and now the government is singling out the states where doctors write the most prescriptions.

A second report released Tuesday spotlights how a crackdown in Florida led to hundreds fewer overdose deaths from prescription painkillers in just a few years.

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Hunger in Oklahoma
9:25 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Regional Food Bank Struggles from Drought-Induced Livestock Shortage

Regional Food Bank volunteers fill food sacks for distribution in one of its children's feeding programs.
Credit Quinton Chandler / KOSU

Recent years of drought have led to a huge reduction in Oklahoma’s cattle population and record high prices. This year is no different.

Less rain means less grazing, a weaker wheat harvest, higher prices for grain, and on and on the costs go. But, the drought may also make it more difficult for Oklahoma farmers to lend a hand in the state’s fight against hunger.

KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports less rain may mean fewer livestock donations to the Regional Food Bank.

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KOSU Music
6:45 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

KOSU Music's Top 5 Songs of 2014 (So Far)

Sturgill Simpson
Credit facebook.com/sturgillsimpsonmusic

LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU. 

This week, we count down the top five songs of 2014 (so far), including tunes from Canadian band Timber Timbre, country musician Sturgill Simpson, noise-pop singer EMA, Oklahoma City band Colourmusic, and art rocker St. Vincent.


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