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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Supporters of Keystone XL Pipeline Come Up Short by One Vote

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the Keystone XL pipeline bill which failed in the U.S. Senate.

Also discussed in this episode are measures being considered for the state Senate to create a $5 billion bond for education and to allow Oklahomans to register to vote online, as well as a new poll on same sex marriage and freshmen lawmakers taking the oath of office.

Local News
8:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Headlines: Immigration Reaction, OU Band & the Kissing Disease

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 21, 2014:

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney General promises a lawsuit against the President’s immigration plan. (NewsOK)

  • The President’s immigration plan draws praise from some in northeast Oklahoma. (Tulsa World)

  • Controversy over the Pride of Oklahoma at OU results in a returning band director nearly doubling his pay. (Journal Record)

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Politics
12:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Oklahoma Rep. Cole Tapped for US House Budget Panel

U.S. Representative Tom Cole

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is taking over as chairman of a powerful appropriations subcommittee in the U.S. House.

The seven-term congressman from Moore was named Thursday as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

The subcommittee has broad jurisdiction and oversees funding for several major agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor. This includes oversight of related agencies that deal with Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:37 am
Thu November 20, 2014

EPA In the Crosshairs as Oklahoma’s Inhofe Gains Sway Over Climate Policy

Oklahoma U.S. Senator James Inhofe at an impromptu news conference during climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009.
Andrew Revkin / Flickr

The Republican wave that put the party back in full control of Congress also put Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe back in charge of the Senate committee that oversees the country’s environmental policies.

The political shift in Washington comes at time when — from President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to enforcement of the Regional Haze Rule that’s riled Oklahoma officials— the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a lot of things in the air.

Election night was a rough one in general for the left, but some of the tears spilled on November 4th were over the specific issue of climate change, and what a fully Republican controlled Congress might do to thwart President Obama’s environmental efforts.

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Environment
10:30 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Experts Meet in Oklahoma to Update U.S. Maps With Manmade Earthquake Hazards

A panel of state geological surveys and oil and gas regulators at the National Seismic Hazard Workshop on Induced Seismicity, held in November at a conference center in Midwest City, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Scientists, regulators and technical experts from the energy industry met in Oklahoma to discuss how earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations should be accounted for on national seismic hazard maps, which are used by the construction and insurance industries and pubic safety planners.

The three-day workshop started Nov. 17 and was co-hosted by the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Carless in OKC
8:40 am
Thu November 20, 2014

A Look at Alternative Transportation in OKC

We’ve all heard the term alternative transportation, but what does it actually mean?

John and Elizabeth Tankard break the options down for us in this week’s Carless in OKC.


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Local News
8:16 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Headlines: Hostage Case, Alcohol Laws & Juvenile Charter Schools

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 20, 2014:

  • Attorneys for the man who held hostages at a Norman office want the District Attorney disqualified from the case. (Norman Transcript)

  • A Group of Oklahomans is working to change what some consider outdated alcohol laws. (Oklahoma Gazette)

  • The money Oklahoma gets from Tribal casinos dropped for the first time since collections began in 2006. (Oklahoma Watch)

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Local News
8:09 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Headlines: Meth Money, Osage Wind Farms & Education

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 19, 2014:

  • Oklahoma is getting more than $200,000 to battle meth. (Enid News & Eagle)
     
  • A Duncan man accused in the shooting death of a baseball player from Australia waives his right to a preliminary hearing. (Duncan Banner)
     
  • Opponents of two planned wind farms in Osage County say they'll keep fighting the developments. (Tulsa World)
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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

New Mix: Los Campesinos!, Tallows, Celadon City, Mark Ronson & Mystikal

Los Campesinos!
loscampesinos.com

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at a Christmas tune from Los Campesinos!, a one-off collaboration between Oklahoma City band Tallows and Edmond's Celadon City, and Mark Ronson's James Brown-sounding collaboration with rapper Mystikal.

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Local News
7:37 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Headlines: Inmate Pay, Homeless Children & Smoking Restrictions

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 18, 2014:

  • The city of Tulsa is going to pay 59-dollars a day to house its municipal inmates in the county jail under a proposed agreement.  (Tulsa World)
     
  • A port authority board is withdrawing plans to manage operations at an eastern Oklahoma airport. (Muskogee Phoenix)
     
  • A new stage of the Boulevard in Oklahoma City shuts down major streets in the downtown area. (NewsOK.com)
     
  • A Muskogee food pantry says it won't be able to continue its decades-old tradition of giving out Thanksgiving turkeys. (Tulsa World)
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