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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:39 am
Thu December 18, 2014

StateImpact’s Biggest Stories of 2014 and a Preview of Reporting for the Coming Year

Brothers and business partners Fred and Wayne Schmedt stand in their family's wheat field near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

StateImpact racked up thousands of miles traveling across the state this year, filing more than 40 full-length radio features and hundreds of web posts on how government energy, environmental and economic policy affects ordinary Oklahomans. And many of those stories involve issues that are ongoing.

EPA Regulations

On of the first broadcast stories we filed this year was on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional haze rule, and how pollution from Texas coal plants dirties the skies above the Wichita Mountains of southwest Oklahoma. Volunteer firefighter and avid hiker Bill Cunningham took us to the top of Mount Scott to show us the pollution the rules are supposed to fight.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:49 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

NY Times: Pruitt a Leader in ‘Secretive Alliance’ Between Attorneys General and Energy Industry

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Attorneys general in at least a dozen states have formed an ‘unprecedented, secretive alliance’ with the energy industry to fight federal environmental regulations, The New York Times Eric Lipton reports

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Local News
8:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Headlines: NCLB Waiver, Norman Protest & Prison Rapes

Here is a sampling of headlines for the morning of November 25, 2014:

  • Oklahoma schools are getting a waiver reinstated through the No Child Left Behind Act. (Tulsa World)

  • Hundreds of students from Norman High School protest the treatment of rape victims. (Norman Transcript)

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney General wants information about prison rapes from going public. (Tulsa World)

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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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Politics
6:33 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

What Does A GOP Majority Mean For Environmental Policy?

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Environment
7:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

New GMOs Get A Regulatory Green Light, With A Hint Of Yellow

Corn farmer Jerry McCulley sprays the weedkiller glyphosate across his cornfield in Auburn, Ill., in 2010. An increasing number of weeds have now evolved resistance to the chemical.
Seth Perlman AP

Government regulators have approved a new generation of genetically engineered corn and soybeans. They're the latest weapon in an arms race between farmers and weeds, and the government's green light is provoking angry opposition from environmentalists.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:16 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Confusion Fueling Oklahoma Outcry Over EPA’s ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule

Mason Bolay climbs into the cab of a tractor on his family's farm near Perry, Okla.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine calls it a power grab by an imperial president. U.S. Representative Frank Lucas says it would trigger an onslaught of additional red tape for famers and ranchers in Oklahoma. That kind of hyperbole is expected anytime President Barack Obama’s EPA does, well, anything. But the changes being proposed to the way bodies of water are classified are confusing.

The so-called ‘Waters of the United States’ designation is the federal government’s attempt to define which bodies of water qualify for protection under the Clean Water Act. The EPA is trying to tweak that definition. And it’s got farmers like Mason Bolay worried.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Court Losses Won’t Deter Attorney General Scott Pruitt In His Fight With The EPA

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When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed new rules to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt — predictably — blasted the plan as another example of federal overreach in the Obama Administration’s war on fossil fuels.

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