Recently, the Oklahoma State Capitol has become a major battleground in the debate over freedom of expression. The placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds has led to requests for statuary representation from other groups, including Hindus, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Satanic Temple. The panel overseeing the Capitol grounds has stopped accepting these requests until an ACLU lawsuit regarding the Ten Commandments monument is settled, but the New York-based Satanic Temple is continuing with its plans. It’s even submitted a design, which h
For the past three decades, Oklahoma averaged about 50 earthquakes a year. But that number has skyrocketed in the past few years. In 2013 — the state's most seismically active year ever — there were almost 3,000.
The quakes are small, and they're concentrated in the central part of the state, where the Erwins live.
In addition to the homes and schools that sustained damage during this past tornado season, several area businesses, both large and small, took a hit. The craft beer community was not immune, but like everyone else, is recovering. Mustang Brewing Company, established in 2009, just opened its new tasting room and goes back into full-scale production in 2014. A newer brand, Black Mesa Brewing Company, is also rising from the wreckage to continue quenching the thirst of craft beer enthusiasts in Oklahoma.
Mustang Brewing Company’s brand new tasting room opened Friday for the first time since sampling beer became legal in November. Company President Tim Schoelen says the event was not only a momentous legal occasion; it was also a great way to celebrate Mustang’s move into a new brewhouse after the May tornado. Schoelen says Mustang resumes full-scale commercial production in their new home in 2014 with a new series of craft beers. Mustang also continues its collaborative relationship with the band Hanson and their MMMHops line of brews.
After failing results and a lawsuit, DHS is taking a different approach to shore up its foster care system. The agency is outsourcing. Contracting foster parent recruitment and management out to private agencies that have more free time and available resources. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports how the change is expected to help and the reaction from a couple of Oklahoma City’s foster parents.
What do you pump pure gas or do you use a little ethanol? In most of the country there’s no question you go with the mix but there are a lot of holdouts in Oklahoma who still demand a regular supply of ethanol free fuel. Why? What does pure gas do that the ethanol can’t? KOSU’s Quinton Chandler finds the answers and explains how federal standards may take away our choice between the two types of gas.
Sheriffs' deputies who were testing a new sonar device on a lake in western Oklahoma's Custer County have come across two grim discoveries that may help solve two cold cases from decades ago.
The local Elk City Daily News says the "practice run for new sonar technology at Foss Lake became a recovery effort after officials discovered two vehicles submerged near the marina — with human remains inside."
It was Sept. 10, the newspaper says, when sonar detected "two cars side by side in about 12 feet of water."
Gary England is the weatherman in a place in which weather is not only the news but sometimes life and death. He's been the chief meteorologist at KWTV in Oklahoma City for more than 40 years, guiding viewers through heat waves, droughts, flooding and thousands of tornadoes. Gary England stepped back from the green screen in August and he's retired now, a local legend who's become national news. Gary England joins us now from a studio in Oklahoma City. Thanks so much for being with us.
GARY ENGLAND: Thanks, sir. Thanks for inviting me.
The case of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning tested many complex questions about espionage, journalism and even treason. But there was always one thing that lingered as a subtext to the case: Manning's struggle with gender identity.
On Thursday, when Manning announced that he wants to be known as Chelsea Manning, it became clear that the subtext would become the focus and that Manning will now likely test military policy on transgender issues.