Oklahoma City

1:44 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Affordable Housing Draws Middle Class Inland

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The New York Times published a great story on Oklahoma City on Sunday. Shaila Dewan reports that several former coastal residents are moving to Oklahoma City for affordable housing and more.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Americans have never hesitated to pack up the U-Haul in search of the big time, a better job or just warmer weather. But these days, domestic migrants are increasingly driven by the quest for cheaper housing.
StateImpact Oklahoma
9:31 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Why The OKC Coalition To Pump Water From Southeast Oklahoma Fell Apart

Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma City has been pumping water out of southeast Oklahoma along the Atoka pipeline for 50 years. But in the future, the aging pipeline won’t be able to carry enough water to meet the growing needs of Oklahoma City, let alone the rest of central Oklahoma,so the plan is to build another one right next to the existing one. Oklahoma City Utilities Director Marsha Slaughter:

“Yeah, have to, have to. It’s about how big the pipeline will be and whether a third one will be necessary at some point in the future,” Slaughter says. “Because we already have 117 miles of pipeline to southeast Oklahoma, it makes sense for us to continue to grow that supply.


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Music
11:02 am
Fri June 27, 2014

OKC Fest Organizers: This is Only the Beginning

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The three-day music festival OKC Fest kicks off on Friday in downtown Oklahoma City.

Business and civic leader Fred Hall says the idea came from a conversation he had with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett about the rash of benefit concerts that followed the May 2013 tornadoes.

"It started a thought of civic leaders helping support a music festival and having the net proceeds go back to the community in music scholarships," says Hall. "We're doing this to benefit the community. This is a not for profit event."

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Local News
12:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Minimum Wage Debate Pits Cities Against States

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Dominique Mayfield makes $8.25 an hour washing dishes and busing tables at a Syracuse brewpub. Shantel Walker makes $8.50 an hour at her pizzeria in New York City, where the rent is more than double what it is in Syracuse. Two very different cities, but nearly the same wage.

The economic differences between America's big cities and elsewhere have prompted leaders in Seattle, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Oklahoma City and other cities to push to raise the minimum wage within their borders.

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A new mobile APP for Food Trucks to get customers
7:40 am
Mon June 16, 2014

APP Connects Food Trucks with Hungry Customers

If you’ve ever been craving a delicacy from a certain food truck in Oklahoma City, you know how difficult it can be to know where it’s located at any given time.

Well apparently there’s now an app for that.

KOSU’s Michael Cross talks with Josh DeLozier about his new product to connect mobile vendors to hungry customers.

Josh says the app is simple and easy to use for food truck owners and workers who don’t have time to spend on social media.

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Local News
11:24 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Oklahoma City's Film Row Featured on OETA

OETA's Susan Miller recently featured Oklahoma City's film exchange district, better known as Film Row, on the ONR (Oklahoma News Report).

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Code Switch
10:55 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth

Ralph Ellison in 1957, four years after his novel Invisible Man won the National Book Award. Ellison died in 1994.
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Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 7:07 pm

A monument outside 730 Riverside Drive in Harlem, N.Y. — writer Ralph Ellison's longtime home — commemorates his life and his work. The marker, and many biographical sources, list his birth date as being 1914. But in fact, he was born a year earlier.

Still, events in Oklahoma City — his birthplace — and New York City, where he spent most of his life, are celebrating the centennial of his birth this year.

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The off-Broadway sensation comes to Oklahoma City
7:40 am
Fri May 30, 2014

"Star Wars" Performed By One Man in One Hour

This weekend, the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre is presenting the hit off-Broadway sensation “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” in the Freede Little Theater in the Civic Center Music Hall.

KOSU’s Michael Cross got a chance to talk with Charles Stewart Ross, the creator and star of the Lucas Film-licensed program about what it means to bring the original trilogy to life.

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Homestand Prepares People for Tornadoes
7:40 am
Fri May 16, 2014

New Store for Oklahoma Storm Season

A store dedicated to helping people prepare for emergencies opens just in time for the upcoming tornado season.

Located in Oklahoma City, the Homestand Preparation Station is the first of its kind with potential for more locations and partnerships in the future.

KOSU’s Maude Garrett reports the store goes beyond simply preparing for the next natural disaster.

Walking into Homestand Preparation Station the store is quiet, organized, and peaceful, the opposite of what you would experience after one of Oklahoma's infamous tornadoes.

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Literature and Television
10:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Author of "Longmire" Book Series Set to Visit OKC

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A New York Times best-selling author and originator of the A&E network’s highest-rated series makes a stop in Oklahoma City next week.

KOSU’s Nikole Robinson Carroll has details.

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