Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Almost half of the water used by Oklahomans comes from aquifers, and four years of drought increased that reliance. This year’s record-setting rainfall filled up the state’s lakes, but recharging aquifers doesn’t happen so quickly.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board uses underground sensors to monitor groundwater levels at several sites across the state.

But the sensors’ accuracy needs to be checked manually, which means piling into an SUV with scientists and heading to the country.

On a recent trip to the Spencer Mesonet Station, water resources geologist Jessica Correll attached a metal probe to a long tape measure and fed it down into the Garber-Wellington Aquifer.

The probe descended about 50 feet before striking water.

Donald Trump and rivals Jeb Bush and Scott Walker will face off in a televised debate tonight, taking the stage in Cleveland along with seven other Republican hopefuls who were selected by debate organizer Fox News.

Headlines for Thursday, August 6, 2015:

  • The 911 tape of a Broken Arrow family mass slaying isn’t getting released. (Tulsa World)

  • Churches won’t lose tax-exempt status for refusing same sex marriages. (NewsOK)

  • Grand jury investigating Tulsa Sheriff hear from key figures. (Tulsa World)

This week's Oklahoma Gazette cover story provides suggestions on how to grill a great steak just like the restaurants around Oklahoma City.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk with reporter Greg Elwell who says the first suggestion is to make sure you purchase quality steak.

Greg also says the best steaks aren't necessarily from beef and suggests trying bison.

You can pick up the Oklahoma Gazette at more than 800 metro rack locations. 

The cover story goes live on okgazette.com Friday.

About 7,000 residents in Hugo lived for months with unsafe drinking water because a private company improperly disinfected municipal water supplies and misreported data to local and state officials.

Headlines for Wednesday, August 5, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin talks earthquakes in Oklahoma. (KFOR)

  • The family of Monroe Bird who was shot by an allegedly intoxicated security guard want justice. (Tulsa World)

  • A former spokesman for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says he’s “excited” to testify before a grand jury. (Tulsa World)

The College Board has just released the latest curriculum framework for its Advanced Placement U.S. history course, and it appears to have satisfied many of the old framework's critics.

The rewrite comes after anger over its 2014 framework sent the College Board, which administers the AP exam, back to the drawing board.

In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explains how the Oklahoma panhandle went from unclaimed land to bootlegger's paradise—and is now a road-trip destination.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we have a possible American music breakthrough from Wizkid, some psychedelic rock from Pearl Charles, and a self-reflective tune from Shelf Life.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

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Aug 4, 2015

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, announced yesterday, requires the country to cut power-plant carbon dioxide emissions by about a third by 2030. The plan also requires the country to get more than a quarter of its electricity from renewable resources like solar and wind by 2030, up from 13 percent last year.