This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Controversial Bills, Earthquakes & Wind Farms

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Morning Edition host Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about bills which failed to make it out of committee before deadline, and local chambers of commerce raising concerns about controversial bills making national headlines.

The trio also discuss an investigation which find Oklahoma earthquake experts might have known for years about a connection between tremors and the oil and gas industry and new regulations on wind farms in the state.

Headlines
8:01 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Headlines: Capitol Repairs, Veterans Affairs & Trader Joe's

Headlines for Friday, March 6, 2015:

  • The cost of repairs to the state capitol might exceed the expected $120 million. (NewsOK)

  • Legal challenges remain for the Union Bus Station in Downtown Oklahoma City. (Journal Record)

  • The state House rejects a bill to add more math to Oklahoma high school students. (Tulsa World)

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:08 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Lawton Turns to Weather Manipulation to Aid Drought-Stricken City Water Supplies

A Lockheed WC-130B used by U.S. government researchers Stormfury, a cloud seeding research project focused on reducing the strength of hurricanes.
NOAA

Five years of drought has strangled lakes and reservoirs in southwestern Oklahoma.

The city of Lawton is considering extraordinary means to help fill water supplies. City leaders hope a man with an airplane can manipulate the weather and bring more rain.

Gary Walker has a lot of titles under his belt: Navy pilot, cowboy, water conservation district manager and four-term Texas lawmaker. But he’s not a rainmaker.

“I can’t put two inches of water on farmer Jones’ field; I have to just work with the clouds,” he says.

If he has the right clouds to work with, Walker says he can make them bigger, more voluminous and more likely to produce rain. The weather-modification process is known as “cloud-seeding.”

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Health
12:54 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

State Lawmakers Keep Busy While Supreme Court Weighs Obamacare

Latoya Watson of Washington, D.C., cheers during a rally outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, when the justices heard arguments in King v. Burwell.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:03 pm

As the nation awaits a Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, lawmakers in many states are moving ahead with a range of Affordable Care Act bills, some of which seek to bolster the law and others that are bent on derailing it.

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Premiere On Film Row
11:05 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Chase Kerby to Perform in KOSU's OKC Studios

Todd Scott Ballje

On Friday, March 20 at 8pm, KOSU hosts singer/songwriter Chase Kerby in our Oklahoma City performance studio, as part of Premiere on Film Row.

The Oklahoma City musician plays a mixture of pop and blue-eyed soul, which is apparent on his 2014 EP, Tidal Friction.

  • For a chance to win tickets to this exclusive event, e-mail us at tickets@kosu.org.

NPR News Investigations
9:19 am
Thu March 5, 2015

'Grand Bargain' In Workers' Comp Unravels, Harming Injured Workers Further

Joel Ramirez climbs back into his wheelchair with the help of Francisco Guardado, a home health aide, at his home in Rialto, Calif. Ramirez was paralyzed from the waist down in 2009 when a 900-pound crate fell on him at a warehouse. Changes to California workers' compensation laws have impacted his quality of care.
Patrick T. Fallon for ProPublica

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:10 pm

Workers injured on the job are supposed to get guaranteed medical care and money to live on. Employers and their insurance companies pay for that.

And in return, employers don't get sued for workplace accidents. But this "grand bargain," as it's called, in workers' compensation, seems to be unraveling.

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Headlines
7:44 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Headlines: Earthquakes, Switchblades and Elephants

Headlines for Thursday, March 5, 2015:

  • An investigation by a website covering the energy industry reveals earthquake experts have known for years about a connection between tremors and wastewater disposal wells. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma’s Insurance Commissioner clarifies earthquake coverage to insurers after hearing nine out of ten claims have been denied in 2014. (NewsOK)

  • The man who drove his truck into the Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol apologizes. (Tulsa World)

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The Two-Way
7:09 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Hillary Clinton Asks State Dept. To Release Her Emails To The Public

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, seen here at a U.N. event last March, has been criticized for using a private email account to conduct official business during her four years in the Obama administration.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 9:30 am

Responding to concerns over her use of a personal email account to conduct official business while in office, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she wants the public to have access to her emails. The State Department says it will review messages for possible release.

The issue rose to importance earlier this week, after it was revealed that during her entire tenure at the State Department, Clinton used a personal email account — a move that had kept the emails out of the government's control and circumvented archival practices.

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Local News
5:43 am
Thu March 5, 2015

School Closings

Weather related closings for Thursday, March 5, 2015:

From NewsOK.com

From the Tulsa World

The Two-Way
4:03 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 11:13 am

A few hours after ProPublica and NPR issued the first in a series of reports about workers' compensation "reforms" sweeping the country, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration coincidentally released a paper linking workplace injuries to income inequality.

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