This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Income Tax Law Gets Supreme Court Approval

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State Supreme Court approving the law to cut Oklahoma's Income Tax.

They also discuss the fallout over a blown referee call in a high school playoff game, the Democrats giving up on Congressional District 2, and the state budget facing lawmakers in 2015.

Local News
8:33 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Headlines: High School Playoffs Delay, Executions & Tinker Bribery

Headlines for Friday, December 5, 2014:

  • A judge is delaying a 3A football playoff game between Locust Grove and Heritage Hall. (Tulsa World)

  • A U.S. District Judge is considering new rules by Oklahoma to limit media outlets at executions. (Journal Record)

  • The President of an Oklahoma City defense contractor faces charges of bribing a Tinker official. (NewsOK)

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Arts & Culture
8:05 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Exhibit Celebrates Downtown OKC Through Disposable Camera Photography

Anna Parsons / OKC125

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.

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The Two-Way
5:53 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

2014 To Be Warmest Year On Record, U.N. Weather Agency Says

Marina owner Mitzi Richards carries her granddaughter in September as they walk on their boat dock at the dried up lake bed of Huntington Lake in California, which was at only 30 percent capacity as a severe drought continued. The state was in the grip of its third year of severe drought, the worst in decades.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

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.

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Here & Now
3:23 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Gas Dips Below $2 In Oklahoma

Long lines formed after the OnCue gas station in Oklahoma City dropped its price to $1.99 a gallon. (@keatonfox/Twitter)

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.

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Carless in OKC
1:57 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Go Green and See More Green

Going without a vehicle in one of the largest cities in the country provides an opportunity to visit some of the green spaces around the metro.

John and Elizabeth Tankard talk about their experiences in this week’s Carless in OKC.


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Health
12:07 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

CDC Warns That The Flu Season May Be A Bad One

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, got his flu shot in September.
J. David Ake AP

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.

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Energy
11:33 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Scrutiny of Subsidies Could Test the Economics of Wind Energy in Oklahoma

A NextEra Renewable Energy Resources wind farm site near Elk City, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

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.

Big Wind

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.

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Local News
8:57 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Headlines: High School Football, 2015 Legislature & Norman Rape

Headlines for Thursday, December 4, 2014:

  • A controversial high school playoff game won’t get replayed despite protestations from the NAACP and Oklahoma City lawmakers. (NewsOK)

  • Lawmakers are getting ready for the upcoming legislative session which starts February 2. (Journal Record)

  • A former Norman High School student accused of rape gets arraigned. (News9)

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Health
3:29 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Health Law's Big Tent Still Leaves Some People Out

Andres Cuartas got help from an agent last March when he signed up for health insurance at a Miami mall. In the last year, the percentage of women who are uninsured has dropped more than the percentage of uninsured men.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

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?

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