Oklahoma City

7:44 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Where Vapor Comes Sweeping Down the Plain

"In the last 18 months, the number of vaping shops in [Oklahoma] jumped from a handful to 300, with names like Vapor Haven, the Vape Hut, Vapor World, Creative Vapor and Patriotic Vapes."
Nick Whitson, who is 32 and covered with enigmatic tattoos - the number 13, an upside-down cross - stood in front of a table scattered with dozens of bottles of colorful liquids and a handful of syringes, preparing to mix Trevor Curren his usual.
Film
11:46 am
Fri April 25, 2014

21 Elementz Film Festival Calls For Student Entries Before April 28th Deadline

Credit 21 Elementz Productions / Langston University

The state’s largest college short-film festival is still accepting entries through Monday.  KOSU’s Nikole Robinson Carroll has the details.

  Students interested in submitting films to the 21 Elementz Film Festival can find out more and apply at 21Elementzproductions.blogspot.com.  All submissions are due Monday, April 28th.

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Oklahoma City Sports
1:03 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Energy Football Club comes to OKC; Coach Jimmy Nielsen expects a bright future for American soccer

Energy FC Coach Jimmy Nielsen in the KOSU OKC studios.
Credit Cassie Gage / Prodigal LLC/Energy FC

Professional soccer officially arrives in Oklahoma City this weekend.  KOSU’s Nikole Robinson Carroll explains.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
8:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Millions Of Pounds Worth Of Tornado Debris: Where Does It All Go?

Birds flock over the active portion of Jeff Bedick's Waste Connections landfill.
Credit Kate Carlton

It’s been nearly a year since a series of tornadoes devastated central Oklahoma, destroying homes, parks and commercial buildings. During the recovery process, construction crews gathered over 300,000 tons of debris between just Oklahoma City and Moore. 

Jeff Bedick is the District Manager for Waste Connections, which operates a landfill in west Oklahoma City. The facility sits on 200 acres, which mostly just looks like a giant, grass-covered hill on the side of the highway.

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Author Interviews
8:06 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Writes Of A Worldview Shaped In Youth

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 11:10 am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren became an unlikely media star following the 2008 financial crisis.

She was a plainspoken law professor from Harvard who advocated on behalf of families and consumers affected by the Wall Street meltdown.

Warren was brought to Washington to help monitor the multibillion-dollar bank bailout package.

As part of that work, Warren helped to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a watchdog agency that oversees and enforces consumer finance laws.

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2:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Oklahoma City Pursuing Eminent Domain For Proposed Convention Center

On March 18, the Oklahoma City Council authorized city staff to file an eminent domain claim for several lots west of Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma Gazette's Ben Felder has more.
After failing to negotiate a purchase price with the owners of several lots west of Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Oklahoma City Council authorized city staff to file an eminent domain claim with a vote on March 18.The timing of the vote is one that Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid finds ironic.
Politics
6:50 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Transgender Oklahoma City officer to seek House post

Credit paulasophia.com

A transgender Oklahoma City police officer retired from the force Monday and plans to run for an open seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Democrat Paula Sophia Schonauer said she plans to file paperwork on Thursday to be a candidate for House District 88 in central Oklahoma City that includes Heritage Hills and the Midtown and Plaza districts.

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Local News
12:42 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Girl Scout Sells Record 18,107 Boxes, Says She Can Move Samoa

Lisa Crigar Ocala Star-Banner/Landov

Dough-she-does, for sure.

When it comes to selling Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs and other Girl Scout cookies, all sixth-grader Katie Francis of Oklahoma City can seem to say is let me sell Samoa. (Rimshot!)

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City shares the story of her sweet success:

"Katie ... a sixth-grader at Hefner Middle School, set a new cookie selling record Sunday night by selling 18,107 boxes [since sales began on Feb. 7].

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SXSW 2014
1:46 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Skating Polly Are Not Little Girls

Peyton Bighorse and Kelli Mayo of Skating Polly

Next week, dozens of Oklahoma bands will head down to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Music Festival. One of those bands is Oklahoma City's Skating Polly.

At the ages of 13 and 18, Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse want to be taken seriously. And, you should.  

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Uniquely Oklahoma
7:40 am
Tue January 14, 2014

OKC Museum Curator Says Pigeons Are NOT "Rats With Wings"

Museum curator Lorrie Montero and her husband, Andy.
Nikole Robinson Carroll KOSU

Recently, KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll took a trip out to a museum that’s been around for about 20 years in an Oklahoma City home, but has just moved to a nearby new facility and is prepared to open anew this week.  The subject matter of this museum is a particular animal, but not one that’s really thought of as iconic to Oklahoma like the bison.  It’s a bit smaller…  the pigeon.  Or as Sandy Bates calls them in “Stardust Memories,” “rats with wings.”

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