Oklahoma News
5:36 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Seattle Zoo To Send Remaining Elephants To Oklahoma City Zoo

Achara, the new baby elephant at the Oklahoma City Zoo
Credit Andrea Wright / Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

Like the Supersonics, Seattle's two remaining elephants are being relocated to Oklahoma City.

The Woodland Park Zoo announced Friday that it will send its two endangered Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to the Oklahoma City Zoo so they can be part of a larger social herd.

Critics of the zoo's elephant exhibit have argued for years that the exhibit should be closed and the elephants sent to a sanctuary in California.

Last month, the mayor and some council members also asked the zoo to move the elephants to a sanctuary.

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The Two-Way
5:25 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow today.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:47 pm

Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister turned prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead today on a street in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry told the Interfax news agency.

The Russian-language news website Meduza reported that Nemtsov was walking with a woman near the Kremlin at the time of the attack. A spokesman told Interfax that at least seven shots were fired at Nemtsov from a passing car.

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Business and Economy
5:11 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Oklahoma Loses 9 More Drilling Rigs

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

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by 43 this week to 1,267 amid depressed oil prices.

The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 86 rigs were exploring for oil and 280 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago 1,769 rigs were active.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota's count fell by 11, Oklahoma lost nine, Louisiana seven, Texas six, New Mexico four, Colorado three and Wyoming two. West Virginia, Ohio and Kansas dropped one each.

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Oklahoma News
4:47 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Senate Committee Approves Refrigerated High Point Beer Bill

Credit K. Graham / Flickr Creative Commons

A Senate panel has passed a measure that would allow liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer.

The Tulsa World reports Senate Bill 383 by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, advanced from the Senate Business and Commerce Committee by a vote of 10-0 and heads to the Senate.

Bice was asked if the measure would create an unequal playing field because some liquor stores couldn't afford to put in refrigeration equipment.

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Oklahoma Watch
2:51 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Protests, Prayers Highlight 'Muslim Day' At The Oklahoma Capitol

An anti-Muslim protester chants Friday on the south steps of the State Capitol building.
M. Scott Carter Oklahoma Watch

Representatives of Oklahoma’s Muslim community, responding to complaints and criticism about their faith by some state lawmakers, came to the state Capitol Friday to learn how to become more politically engaged.

The event drew more than 100 participants and about two dozen protesters. The protesters, many with signs, stood outside the Capitol's south entrance chanting anti-Muslim statements.

VIDEO: A woman is removed from the Oklahoma State Capitol building Friday after she tried to disrupt a Muslim call to prayer.

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Weather and Climate
1:40 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Schools, Businesses Close, Roads Slick As Heavy Snow Falls Across Oklahoma

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 3:06 p.m.

Another round of wintry weather has arrived in Oklahoma, but forecasters expect the snowfall to be over by the Friday afternoon commute.

The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. Friday for northwestern and southern Oklahoma.

The University of Oklahoma announced it would close at 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City, Moore, Putnam City,  and Norman Public Schools canceled all evening activities Friday and Saturday.

State agencies in central Oklahoma reduced non-essential services at 2 p.m., and many other area businesses started to close Friday afternoon as road conditions deteriorated. The City of Oklahoma City has 29 trucks treating central Oklahoma's regional snow routes.

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This is KGOU
11:35 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Callout: Your Stories Of The Oklahoma City Bombing

A clock in the blast zone marked the time of the bombing.
Credit Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

It's a day that we wish held no particular significance, but April 19, 1995 is etched in many Oklahomans' memory banks as the most horrific day in state history.

It started out as an ordinary day, or maybe some of us had plans to make it not so ordinary -- maybe a birthday or anniversary, a day off work or some other anticipated happening that would signify a break from routine.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:58 am
Fri February 27, 2015

South Oklahoma City Gets New Economic Label, Millennial Housing Trends Questioned

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, at Interstates 35 and 240 in Oklahoma City, has merchant tenancy above 50 percent.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

On Tuesday the city council of Oklahoma City voted to create two new business improvement districts, or BIDs, in south Oklahoma City.

One will be along SW 29th Street between May Ave. and Shields Blvd., and the other calls for spending $22,000 with the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce to improve the area around Interstate 240 that runs from I-35 to I-44.

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StoryCorps
5:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Obama To Ambitious Teen: 'You Have This Strength Inside Yourself'

President Barack Obama participates in a "My Brother's Keeper" StoryCorps interview with Noah McQueen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Feb. 20.
Chuck Kennedy The White House

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:01 am

Noah McQueen is part of "My Brother's Keeper," a White House program aimed at young men of color.

His teen years have been rough, and include several arrests and a short period of incarceration. But last week, he was at the White House. The 18-year-old sat down for a StoryCorps interview with President Obama, who wanted to know more about Noah's life.

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Business and Economy
8:34 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Judge Blocks Humane Society Documents From View

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Office of the Attorney General

An Oklahoma judge has ruled that the Humane Society of the United States must turn over one contested document and portions of two others to the attorney general's office, but can keep 21 others secret.

The Oklahoman reports that Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish ruled that the Humane Society can withhold the documents after the organization sued state Attorney General Scott Pruitt to block their release.

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