StateImpact Oklahoma
2:42 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

New Severance Tax On Limestone Miners Passes Oklahoma House

An active aggregate mining operation near Mill Creek, Okla.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

South-central Oklahoma — where the sensitive Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer provides water for thousands of Oklahomans — is home to some of the highest quality limestone in the country, and the ground holds vast supplies of the silica sand used by the oil and gas industry in the hydraulic fracturing process.

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Oklahoma News
1:30 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Former OKC Mayor James Norick Dies At 95

Former OKC Mayor James S. Norick
Credit okc.gov

Former Oklahoma City Mayor James Norick has died.

Norick's son, former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick, said Thursday that his father died Wednesday of natural causes. Ron Norick said funeral services are set for Monday, but details are not yet complete.

James Norick was elected Oklahoma City mayor twice, serving from 1959-63 and again from 1967-71.

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Oklahoma News
12:47 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Former Sooner Broyles And State Treasurer Miller Team Up To Teach Financial Skills

Credit Matthew Carney / Flickr Creative Commons

A former University of Oklahoma football star is using a unique way to spread the word to young people on how to be responsible with their money.

The Oklahoman reports that former Sooner and current Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles is working with Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller on a statewide initiative to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students by distributing a video game called "Financial Football."

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World Views
10:17 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Revolutionary Lessons: Parallels Between America’s Independence And The Arab Spring

John Trumbull's famous painting of the Founders presenting the Declaration of Independence to the Second Continental Congress.
Library of Congress

Beginning in 2010, a wave of revolutions swept the Middle East, removing rulers and establishing new regimes. Although the Arab Spring took place more than two centuries after the American Revolution, they occurred in similar social and political contexts.

“Before [the Arab Spring] there was an Atlantic Spring that began actually in 1776,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood.

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OneSix8
9:29 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Native Crossroads Film Festival Hosts Prominent Women: Filmmakers, Scholars And Industry Folk

Native Crossroads Film Festival & Symposium: Women's Voices, Women's Vision
painting by Brent Greenwood

The Native Crossroads Film Festival and Symposium kicks off this evening. Native women’s visions and voices is the guiding theme for the 2015 film selections and speakers.

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State Capitol
9:25 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Builders To Outline Strategy In Repairs To Oklahoma Capitol

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol to prevent pedestrians from being struck by falling chunks of limestone.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

Officials from a Tulsa-based construction company plan to outline their strategy for repairing Oklahoma's nearly 100-year-old state Capitol to members of a legislative oversight committee.

Administrators from Manhattan Construction Co. will appear before the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee on Thursday. Afterward, committee members will discuss their options for phasing in repairs to the interior of the Capitol.

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Winter's Final Punch? Forecasters Say Maybe

Snow begins to fall Thursday morning along the National Mall, in Washington, D.C. The federal government closed its offices because of a new round of winter weather.
Andrew Harnik AP

Tired of winter? It could be the season's last gasp or just wishful thinking: an area ranging all the way from Texas to the mid-Atlantic was under a weather alert, with as much as 10 inches of new snow possible in the northern reaches.

The Weather Channel says:

"All told, roughly 83 million people were under some kind of warning or advisory for winter weather.

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Politics and Government
8:40 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Senate Approves Pair Of Bills Designed To Rein In State Tax Credits

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa), author of Senate Bills 806 and 815
Provided Oklahoma Senate

The Oklahoma Senate approved two bills Wednesday designed to provide more scrutiny and oversight of some of the hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of state tax credits. Both bills by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) now go to the House for consideration.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:49 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Lawton Turns to Weather Manipulation To Aid Drought-Stricken City Water Supplies

A Lockheed WC-130B used by U.S. government researchers Stormfury, a cloud seeding research project focused on reducing the strength of hurricanes.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Five years of drought has strangled lakes and reservoirs in southwestern Oklahoma.

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Weather and Climate
5:26 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Schools, Businesses Remain Closed Thursday After More Snow, Ice Across Oklahoma

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 5:18 a.m.

After a delayed arrival, a winter storm dumped several inches of snow and coated roads and surfaces with a thin layer of ice Wednesday.

School districts canceled classes for a second day in a row Thursday, and most major universities have delayed openings and classes until later in the morning or early afternoon.

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