This afternoon at 4 p.m., Oklahoma City artist Romy Owens unveils OKC125, a photo exhibit celebrating the 125th anniversary of Oklahoma City's settlement. The exhibit features 125 photographs of downtown Oklahoma City from 125 metro artists.
A reception for the photo exhibit takes place this afternoon, beginning at 4 p.m. in The Underground in downtown Oklahoma City. A map of the several access points into The Underground can be found at downtownokc.com.
Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:10 pm
This year is on track to become the warmest on record, with average global temperatures 1.03 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1961-1990 average, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. That would make 2014 the 38th consecutive year with above normal temperatures.
Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 2:23 pm
Goldman Sachs estimates that Americans stand to save $75 billion from the recent drop in gasoline prices. That works out to about $1,100 a year per household.
Now, a gas station in Oklahoma City has apparently become the first in the nation to lower the price of gas below $2 a gallon since July 2010.
Yesterday, the OnCue station dropped its price from $2.11 to 1.99 for a gallon of regular gas. That prompted long lines of drivers waiting to fill up, and set off a price war with nearby competitors, who dropped their prices too.
Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 7:21 pm
We may be in for a nasty flu season. That's the warning out today from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is worried because the most common strain of flu virus circulating in the United States is one called H3N2. In previous years, H3N2 strains have tended to send more people to the hospital than other strains — and cause more deaths, especially among the elderly, children and people with other health problems.
The 2015 session is still months away, but the newly elected Oklahoma Legislature has already started talking about how to divvy up roughly $7 billion in state appropriations.
Some prominent lawmakers are promising to re-examine tax credits and economic incentives worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Some of those incentives are used for wind energy, which the industry says are working.
Oklahoma is in the middle of a wind boom. In the last five years, installed wind power capacity has soared more than 200 percent. Last year, Oklahoma was the country’s fourth-largest producer of wind-powered electricity, data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency show. But every energy boom comes with a cost.
Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 7:57 am
A Shots post earlier this week by NPR's John Ydstie detailed the "family glitch" in the Affordable Care Act. That's where people who can't afford their insurance at work aren't eligible for help in the new insurance exchanges. Many of these Americans, most of whom make middling incomes, will remain uninsured.
That story got us wondering: Who else is getting left out by health law? And who is getting coverage?