Oklahoma City

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

Lead in text: 
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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Film
8:40 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Oklahoma Whovians See "Day of the Doctor..." and Share Some Insights

Credit Trillium Design / Flickr

Whovians young and old came together in Oklahoma City for the "Doctor Who" feature film “Day of the Doctor.”  When asked to choose a favorite incarnation of the Doctor, their answers were as varied as their age range.   

New fans and devotees from the classic days of the series unite in their love of the Doctor, regardless of his form – but they don’t all agree on which of the Doctor’s companions they love most.  

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Interviews
1:01 pm
Sat September 7, 2013

Oklahoma's Master Meteorologist Retires

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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.

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Around the Nation
12:27 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Massive Storm Leaves Frozen Footprint Across U.S.

Cars sit in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive after accidents and drifting snow stranded the drivers during a blizzard in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. were left shivering in Arctic-like temperatures a day after a 2,000-mile-long winter storm barreled through, dumping record or near-record amounts of snow, downing power lines and caving in roofs.

Wind chills dipped to nearly 30 below zero in some parts early Thursday as people began digging out from the sprawling system. It unloaded as much as 2 feet of snow, crippled airports and stranded drivers in downtown Chicago. Much of Texas was under a hard freeze warning Wednesday; light snowfall stubbornly lingered into the night in Maine.

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