Music
11:02 am
Fri June 27, 2014

OKC Fest Organizers: This is Only the Beginning

Credit facebook.com/OKCFest2014

The three-day music festival OKC Fest kicks off on Friday in downtown Oklahoma City.

Business and civic leader Fred Hall says the idea came from a conversation he had with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett about the rash of benefit concerts that followed the May 2013 tornadoes.

"It started a thought of civic leaders helping support a music festival and having the net proceeds go back to the community in music scholarships," says Hall. "We're doing this to benefit the community. This is a not for profit event."

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Sports Talk
9:45 am
Fri June 27, 2014

OSU's Marcus Smart & Markel Brown Selected in NBA Draft; Thunder Add Three

Credit NBA.com

Oklahoma State University has two former players headed to the NBA, while the Oklahoma Thunder added three players last night.

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Earthquakes and the Oil and Gas Industry
8:54 am
Fri June 27, 2014

StateImpact: After Earthquakes, Oklahomans Call for Accountability, Oil and Gas Regulation

A seismic hazard map of Oklahoma
Credit U.S. Geological Survey / http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/

  Oklahoma has been rattled by a surge of earthquakes, which many scientists say is likely linked to oil and gas drilling. On Thursday night, residents packed a contentious town hall meeting to demand answers from public officials. Joe Wertz from StateImpact Oklahoma reports.

There was booing and shouts for regulators to impose a moratorium on the oil and gas disposal wells. Local resident Ester D. Blaine said she had to take all the pictures off her walls. She says citizens and scientists don’t stand a chance against Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry.

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Same Sex Marriage, Rep. Armes & Primary Elections
8:40 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Gay Marriage Ruling This Week in Oklahoma Politics

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Poltical Consultant Neva Hill about the ruling from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals saying state's cannot make laws banning same sex marriage.

They also talk about a recent article in the Journal Record regarding Rep. Don Armes and possible impropriety with two Department of Environmental Quality to reduce funding for the agency and undermine its new leadership.

The primary elections saw Joy Hofmeister defeat State Superintendent Janet Barresi without a runoff.

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New Show
1:40 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

America's Test Kitchen Joins KOSU for 10-Week Summer Run

This Saturday at 3 p.m., KOSU introduces America's Test Kitchen for 10-week summer run on our airwaves.

America’s Test Kitchen Radio is a food program filled with clear, practical information, without the gourmet fuss. The hour is all about insights, tips and techniques that illuminate the truth about real home cooking. There will be some mystery, too, like why bad things happen to good recipes and the science behind good results.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

OKC Rapper Jabee Featured in Nike Ad for KD7s

Oklahoma City rapper Jabee is featured in a new Nike commercial for Kevin Durant's new sneaker, KD7.

Earthquakes
10:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Oklahoma Residents Seek Answers On Quakes

Oklahoma residents whose homes and nerves have been shaken by an upsurge in earthquakes want to know what's causing the temblors — and what can be done to stop them.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Thursday night for a town hall meeting on the issue.

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they've become common in recent years.

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Water Quality and Ecology
8:16 am
Thu June 26, 2014

StateImpact: Why Norman Is The Only Oklahoma Town Where Citizens Control the Price of Water

Harold Heiple, chairman of Norman's charter review committee, addresses the city council in Norman June 17.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Norman is the only city in Oklahoma where utility rates are determined by a vote of the people — who aren’t always willing to charge themselves more for water. A proposal to change that came before the city council last week. StateImpact’s Logan Layden was there to hear the debate, and reports on the lessons other cities can glean from a more democratic, but less efficient way of setting water rates.

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PoliticsIt's All Politics
6:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Election Season Defies Conventional Storylines

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., addresses supporters and volunteers at his runoff election victory party Tuesday at the Mississippi Children's Museum in Jackson.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 7:49 pm

Crumple up that first draft. Hit delete on the keyboard. The take most of us had on Tuesday's primaries just one day ago turned out to be just one more misread in the primaries of 2014.

That story about the passing of the Old Guard? Or the one about the resurgence of the Tea Party? Not so fast, the voters still seem to be saying.

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Law
5:26 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Judge's Ruling in Utah Same-Sex Marriage Case May Affect Oklahoma Law

Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop, who are plaintiffs in a case challenging Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban.
Credit AP Photo / Brennan Linsley

Oklahoma may be affected by a ruling today on Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Utah today, saying that the ban goes against the 14th Amendment which guarantees due process and equal protection to every person in every State of the Union.

While an Oklahoma case is still pending, the principle involved in the Utah case applies to other states in the circuit, including Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico.

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