Manager's Desk
5:34 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving And 8th Anniversary Of KGOU's Studios

KGOU's "Morning Edition" host Brian Hardzinski in Master Control, where he delivers the news every morning.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

November 26, 2014

This is from the Manager's Desk.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and express our gratitude, I'm thankful to celebrate KGOU's 8th anniversary in teh studios at Copeland Hall. We made our first broadcast from here in the early hours of Friday, November 17, 2006.

It was a tremendous move -- from 1500 square feet and two studios to four thousand square feet,  studios and a usable performance studio space. The new facility enabled the KGOU staff to produce more local programs, to be more efficient, and to include more students in our operations.

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The Two-Way
5:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country

People protest Tuesday night in Times Square regarding the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:41 am

Public reaction to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has ranged from fire and looting close to where Wilson shot Michael Brown to peaceful protests nearby.

Other protests were held in large and small cities and college towns across America today; photos from those scenes show a variety of demonstrators, tactics, and responses.

Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted this photo from Central Connecticut State University.

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Oklahoma News
8:36 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Earthquake Swarm Rattles Medford Area

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A swarm of earthquakes has rattled the Medford area in northern Oklahoma, including a magnitude 4.0 quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake struck at 8:43 a.m. Tuesday. Its epicenter was less than one mile east of Medford, which is about 100 miles north of Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
8:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Oklahoma's Gas Price Falls For 27 Straight Days

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Gasoline prices are down in Oklahoma — and they keep falling.

AAA Oklahoma said Tuesday that the retail price for regular gasoline in the state has fallen for 27 consecutive days.

The average pump price for regular gasoline was about $2.61 on Tuesday, down 41 cents from $3.02 on Oct. 29, the last day Oklahomans saw a day-over-day price increase.

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Oklahoma News
5:45 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Two Men Sentenced In Federal Meth Case

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A federal prosecutor says two leaders of a drug trafficking organization have been sentenced to federal prison on a variety of charges, including possession with the intent to distribute 15 kilograms or more of methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. of Tulsa said Tuesday that sentences were headed down to 36-year-old Samuel Garcia-Escalera and 34-year-old Joel Deloera-Escalera, who were convicted following a five-day jury trial. Garcia-Escalera was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and Deloera-Escalera received more than 11 years.

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Politics and Government
4:28 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

AG Scott Pruit Joins 16 Other Attorneys General To Comment On EPA Rules

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among 17 attorneys general from across the U.S. that are commenting on the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations for power plants emissions.

The proposed guidelines would require coal and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of various toxic air pollutants. But the attorneys general's letter says rule picks winners and losers in the energy context by elevating renewable energy sources at the expense of fossil fuel-fired electric generation.

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More Republicans Than Democrats
1:49 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Oklahoma Now Truly Red State

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For the first time in Oklahoma history, Republicans have surpassed Democrats in voter registration, following a trend in state politics that has been taking place for decades.

Figures released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Election Board show Republicans with an 806-voter edge over Democrats in registration. Of the more than 2 million registered voters, Republicans and Democrats both top 43 percent, with about 13 percent registered as independents.

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Energy Diversity
1:42 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Oklahoma Wind Farm Energy Going To Arkansas

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A southeastern Oklahoma wind farm is providing Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation with 150 megawatts of potential wind energy through a long-term power purchase agreement.

The wind power is being generated by the Origin Wind Farm in Murray and Carter Counties in southeast Oklahoma. The expected annual output from the 75 turbines on the 17,600 acre farm is 650,000 megawatt-hours, about enough energy to serve 50,000 homes. AECC is the sole recipient of the electricity generated by the wind farm.

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10:29 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Enbridge Considers Oil Train Line From Cushing

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A company that stores more than 20 million barrels at the Cushing crude oil hub is considering construction of a rail line from the town.

The Journal Record newspaper of Oklahoma City reported Tuesday Enbridge Energy Partners is looking to partner with Savage Services to operate a 120,000-barrel-per-day facility. Watco Cos. would provide the rail line.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:06 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New York Times: A ‘Blue Light Special’ On Wind Power In Oklahoma

Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

The cost of producing and providing electricity generated by solar panels and wind turbines has plunged in recent years, and are on track to meet — and in some markets are already beating — the generation costs of conventional sources like coal and natural gas.

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