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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Constitutional Lawsuits, Executions and Elections

KOSU's Michael Cross talks to ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about constitutional challenges to a horizontal drilling tax increase and a capitol repair bond as well as executions in the state of Oklahoma and the general election is just six weeks away.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oklahoma Oil and Gas Regulator Wrestles With Oversight of Wind Industry

Wind turbines line the horizon near Kingfisher, Okla.
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Corporation Commission meetings are usually pretty dull, but the Sept. 11 technical conference on wind energy was standing room only. It was lively — and theatrical.

When Tammy Huffstutlar of Calumet took her turn at the microphone, she cued up recordings of whirring wind turbines to accompany her testimony.

“I don’t know if you can hear this or not, but this is my life,” she told Corporation Commissioners Dana Murphy and Bob Anthony, who presided over the meeting. “That’s why I’m here talking about property rights and regulation.”

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Carless in OKC
8:51 am
Thu September 18, 2014

How We Live Without A Car

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John and Elizabeth Tankard write the Carless in OKC blog about their adventures living in Oklahoma City without owning a vehicle.  Last week on Morning Edition on KOSU, we heard from them about the cost benefits of their lifestyle.  But how do they pull it off?  This week, they explain just that.

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Health
7:05 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Massages Benefit Arthritis Foundation

Credit massageenvy.com

More than 800,000 Oklahomans suffer from arthritis daily.

KOSU’s Crystal Huffman tells us today how you can donate and de-stress.

The one day event known as The Healing Hands for Arthritis aims to simultaneously ease the pain of local citizens while fundraising to support Arthritis Foundation research. 

Today, Massage Envy Spa is donating $10 for every one-hour massage or facial treatment.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Speaker Wants Religion Out of Government

Rob Boston.
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An author pushing for the separation of church and state is coming to Oklahoma.

KOSU's Danniel Parker reports on the visit of Rob Boston.

Rob Boston is speaking at Belle Isle Library tonight at 7 p.m.

Boston says separation of church and state is especially important to the overwhelmingly Christian and republican state of Oklahoma where he feels it's misinterpreted and exploited by state government.

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KOSU Music
5:50 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

KOSU Music: Broncho, U2 & Mapei

Broncho
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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 look at the new album from hometown heroes Broncho, the delivery method for the new U2 album, and the debut album by pop singer Mapei.


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5:11 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Boston Globe Writer Loves Oklahoma City

Lead in text: 
A writer for The Boston Globe came to Oklahoma City for his daughter's equestrian riding team competition and came home convinced it deserves a place on most bucket lists.
WE LIVE IN AN AGE OF BUCKET-LIST TRAVEL - a time when many of us maintain a to-do list of places we hope to visit someday. It's a healthy behavior, one that keeps us looking ahead, aspiring and dreaming. But it ignores a big fact: Travel often means going to places we never really wanted to go, due to business, family obligations, or other demands.
Local News
4:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Legislators Explore Gas as Execution Option

Rep. Mike Christian (R - Oklahoma City)

Oklahoma legislators are exploring the option of executing condemned inmates with nitrogen gas.

A formal interim study requested by Oklahoma City Republican Mike Christian was held Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Christian is a staunch supporter of the death penalty who says he plans to draft a bill on the matter for next year's Legislature, which begins in February.

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Enterovirus D68
3:45 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Rare Virus Confirmed in Oklahoma

Credit cdc.gov

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says a virus causing respiratory illness in children has been confirmed in Oklahoma.

The department says enterovirus D68 is a relatively rare virus. It had been confirmed in 11 other states, including Missouri, Kansas and Colorado.

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JenX
8:48 am
Tue September 16, 2014

A Different View of Home Economics

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In Oklahoma, it’s not uncommon to see panhandlers -- people who’ve fallen on hard times, asking for help on the side of the street.  Many of them have no permanent place to live.  On this week’s JenX, Jennifer Dennis Smith looks at homelessness in Oklahoma from a mother’s perspective.


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