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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:22 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

In Lawsuit Over Oil and Gas Tax Law, Two Ways to ‘Test’ a Revenue Bill in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenged laws in the past, leaves a courtroom at the State Supreme Court, where a referee heard his lawsuit over House Bill 2562.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The State Supreme Court on July 29 heard a lawsuit and constitutional challenge to House Bill 2562, a measure that would change the effective state tax rate levied on oil and gas production.

Both parties agreed that the measure was written to reduce taxes, but is HB 2562 a “revenue bill?” That definition is important because this court battle isn’t about policy, it’s about procedure.

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KOSU Music
5:50 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

KOSU Music: Country Funk, Jessie Ware & Joyce Manor

Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
Warner Bros. / Reprise Records

LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we bring you some country funk from the late 60s and early 70s, a downtempo R&B tune from British singer Jessie Ware, and punk rock from California band Joyce Manor.


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Oklahoma Music
4:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Names Five Inductees

JJ Cale & Elvin Bishop

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame announced their 2014 class of inductees Tuesday afternoon.

Included in the list are late singer and guitarist J.J. Cale, blues rock guitarist Elvin Bishop, drummer Jim Keltner, drummer Chuck Blackwell, and late blues guitarist Lowell Fulson.

John Fullbright was inducted as a "Rising Star" earlier this year.

Official ceremonies and a concert honoring the inductees will take place on November 1 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa.

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JenX
8:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

JenX: Why Do Folks Live Where They Live?

Credit Flickr / katsrcool

Not everyone gets to choose where they live. Following her husband's retirement from the Air Force, Jennifer Martin was confronted with a choice of where to live.

This week's JenX looks at life in Oklahoma — the good and the bad.


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Oklahoma Tornado Project
12:04 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Tornado Victims Frustrated With SBA Loans

Scott Burkhart of Moore obtained an SBA disaster loan of more than $30,000 to pay for lost belongings and damage not covered by property insurance. The family just moved back into their house.
Nate Robson / Oklahoma Watch

After a presidentially declared disaster like last year’s tornadoes in Central Oklahoma, the U.S. Small Business Administration often steps in, offering low-interest loans to help homeowners and businesses recover.

But the SBA has been criticized in the past for being slow to respond.

As part of our project with Oklahoma Watch tracking federal aid from the 2013 storms, the Oklahoma Tornado Project’s Kate Carlton Greer reports many people still have complaints about the process.

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23rd & Lincoln
10:54 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Lawsuits Continue Over ObamaCare

The court battle over the Affordable Care Act also known as Obama Care continues.

The Journal Record’s Marie Price explains it for us in this week’s 23rd and Lincoln.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol at jrlr.net.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:47 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Why Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Future Could Be Shaped by Osage County

Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is moving up the national ranks in wind-generated electricity. But as wind farms expand into northeastern Oklahoma, developers are facing a team of unlikely allies: Oil interests and environmentalists. But as StateImpact’s Joe Wertz reports, the wind farm fight in Osage County could affect the whole state.

The males are rowdy, the females are frisky. It’s bison breeding season in Oklahoma. This is the time when horns lock and fur flies.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:40 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Oklahoma Tornado Project: What's the Hold-Up on Tornado-Related HUD Spending?

Credit Flickr user Ken Teegardin / https://www.flickr.com/photos/teegardin/

In the year since a series of severe storms devastated Central Oklahoma, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded nearly 146-million-dollars to the city of Moore and the state to help with recovery. But so far, only a fraction of that has been spent. As part of our series with Oklahoma Watch tracking the federal funding, Kate Carlton Greer reports that spending the money has turned out to be more difficult than expected.

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KOSU Music
5:50 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

KOSU Music: Shabazz Palaces, Merchandise & Courtney Barnett

Patrick O'Brien-Smith / courtesy of the artist

LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we bring you a different take on hip-hop from Shabazz Palaces, a decidedly-sharp turn toward pop music from Merchandise, and the clever wordplay of Courtney Barnett.


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Blogs and Commentary
8:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

JenX: Watching Things Grow

Credit Flickr / whitnuld

A seed, under proper and loving care, can produce delicious fruit.  This week on JenX, Jennifer James muses on how much more planting seeds can do for our kids.

Jennifer James is a public relations professional.  You can follow her blog at jenx67.com.

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