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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:55 am
Thu October 9, 2014

How a Wind Farm is Helping Save the Family Farm in Western Oklahoma

Monte Tucker, left, stands with his son and dad on the family's farm near Sweetwater, Okla.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

In the ongoing debate about Oklahoma’s wind industry and whether it needs stricter regulation, two types of property owners have been the most vocal: those who hate the idea of turbines next door, and those eager to lease land to a wind company.

But there’s a voice that’s been largely absent from the discussion so far: Landowners who have wind farms and like them.

Family, Factory

For four generations, Monte Tucker’s family has been squeezing life out of the land. Dead tree stumps become renewable winter energy sources. And if you have an excited 3-year-old boy with a hatchet, like Tucker’s son Reid, the labor to harvest that energy comes with zero cost.

“For some reason, he’s just been obsessed with chopping firewood lately,” Tucker says as he watches his son drag a stump onto the gravel driveway of the family’s home.

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23rd & Lincoln
8:40 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Legislators Turn Attention to the Interim

Lawmakers managed to get all their work done one week before they were required to by the state constitution.

But, that doesn’t mean all the work is done for the year.

In this week’s 23rd and Lincoln, the Journal Record’s Marie Price explains most of the work over what is known as the Interim focuses on items they couldn’t get accomplished during the regular session.

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

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Reading Retention Change Becomes Law
8:40 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Governor Veto Overidden This Week in Oklahoma Politics

  In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel talk to KOSU's Michael Cross about the veto override on the bill to makes changes to the Reading Sufficiency Act, the $7.1B budget, a change in the horizontal drilling tax rate and an estimate as to when the lawmakers will leave for the session.

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Prisons, Treasurer Warning, Budget, Speaker
9:40 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Lawmakers Mull Money for Prisons This Week in Oklahoma Politics

  In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a $13M supplemental budget bill under consideration in the State Capitol, the State Treasurer levels warning after Kansas bond rating drops, budget talks appear stalled with just three weeks left in the session and House Speaker Jeff Hickman gets elected to a full two year term.

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Lawmakers Take On Supreme Court
8:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

23rd & Lincoln: Judicial Review

  The Journal Record's Marie Price looks at recent attacks by the legislature on the judicial system in this week's 23rd & Lincoln.

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

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Money for Education
2:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Bill Gives Money to Schools, but Takes From Roads

  The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is raising concerns about a bill heading to the full Senate to take money away from road and bridge projects.

An amended piece of legislation would move the money to common education.

An amendment to House Bill 2642 takes half of the nearly $60 million which would have gone every year to ODOT and gives it to Common Education.

ODOT Director Mike Patterson says while the lack of funding won’t impact work on structurally deficient bridges there are a couple of Oklahoma City projects which could see delays.

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