Prisoners Of Debt
7:32 am
Sun February 1, 2015

After Prison, Many Offenders Mired In Debt

Darlene Lorenz, of Tulsa, is paying off about $91,000 in fines and fees related to her convictions on various drug and firearms charges.
M. Scott Carter Oklahoma Watch

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories reported jointly by Oklahoma Watch and KGOU. A radio segment will be aired on Monday, and the next story will be published on Tuesday.

Darlene Lorenz was released from prison seven years ago.

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Politics and Government
6:55 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Governor Fallin Will Propose Tapping Revolving Funds To Full $300 Million Budget Gap for FY16.

Governor Mary Fallin.
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Gov. Mary Fallin will recommend in her State of the State speech and executive budget Monday transferring up to $300 million of unencumbered money out of state agency revolving funds to shore up the fiscal year 2016 budget, according to an eCapitol report.

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Manager's Desk
6:06 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Students At KGOU For Spring 2015 Semester

Mark Antonio Wright, a student employee at KGOU.
Credit KGOU

February 1, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Each semester, we have students at KGOU, earning pay or class credits. With the spring semester, we have new and returning students.

Two new students have joined the paid staff. Cesia Rascon is our Development assistant helping with membership records. The new producer of web and broadcast community event calendars is Brooke Lefler. Hayley Thornton continues to produce Assignment Radio, and Mark Antonio Wright continues as on-air news host of All Things Considered.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:13 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Lawmakers Face Budget Warnings For Opening Day Of Legislative Session

Oklahoma State Capitol
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Oklahoma lawmakers return to the state Capitol Monday, facing a $300 million budget hole, calls for prison reform and a renewed push to reduce the number of tax incentives offered by the state.

The session will open at noon, when both Houses of the Legislature meet jointly to hear Republican Gov. Mary Fallin’s state of the state address. Under the Oklahoma Constitution, lawmakers will have 90 days to complete their work.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:55 am
Sat January 31, 2015

State Seismologist To WaPo: Oil Industry Has Tried To Influence Earthquake Research

Oklahoma Geological Survey seismologist Austin Holland.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Washington Post reporter Lori Montgomery traveled central Oklahoma and filed a story about Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm, an examination that included interviews from concerned residents, politicians and Sandra Ladra, who was injured in the 5.7-magnitude November 2011 earthquake and 

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Politics and Government
6:34 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Bill Would Change Requirements For Officers To Transport Those Needing Mental Health Evaluations

Oklahoma City Police Car
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A recently proposed bill would allow law enforcement to contract a third party to provide transportation of individuals requiring mental health services.

Current law requires sheriffs and peace officers to transport individuals to and from designated sites or facilities for examination, emergency detention, protective custody and inpatient services.

SB0252, by Sen. Ron Sharp, would be the first step in fixing the inefficient process, said Sharp in a press release.

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6:09 am
Sat January 31, 2015

As Flu Deaths Rise, Oklahoma County Health Officials Offer More Services

Getting a flu shot is easy.
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In light of the heightened flu activity The Oklahoma City-County Health Department says it’s never too late to receive a flu vaccination.  In addition, OCCHD says the best way to protect yourself and others is prevention…hand washing and covering your cough.

The OCCHS is also providing a Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Van  to all local school districts for scheduled visits, as a way to provide parents information and access, according to Patrick McGough, Divisional Director/Clinical Services.

Flu immunizations are also available at the following OCCHD clinic locations:

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Oklahoma News
4:52 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Attorney General Pruitt Issues Phone Scam Warning

Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has issued a scam warning after concerns were raised that someone may be calling residents claiming to be with Pruitt's office.

Complaints involve a caller falsely telling residents that they'll be arrested if money is not wired to the AG's office for various reasons, such as debt.

Pruitt says consumers should try to verify the caller's identity as well as the company represented; not to provide personal or financial information unless the resident has initiated the call to a verified reputable person, business or government agency.

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Business and Economy
3:40 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Helmerich & Payne To Lay Off 2,000 Employees

Crews at work on a Helmerich & Payne drilling rig in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oil drilling rig maker and operator Helmerich & Payne Inc. has announced plans to lay off 2,000 employees.

The Tulsa World reports that in a conference call with analysts Thursday, CEO John Lindsay said that the layoffs are due to the decrease in crude oil prices which has led to reduced rig use.

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The Two-Way
10:53 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Mitt Romney Won't Run For President In 2016

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has made two previous bids for the presidency, says he will not run in 2016.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 4:05 pm

Updated at 11:58 a.m.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney isn't running for president in 2016, he told supporters in a statement.

"After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee," he said in the statement and in a conference call with supporters.

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