We often celebrate Independence Day with backyard barbecues and fireworks, forgetting the document that started this whole country: the Declaration of Independence.
For the past 20 years Morning Edition has asked NPR hosts and reporters to read the document on the Fourth, as a reminder of our country's history. This year, we decided to ask visitors at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to give it a try.
EXCO Resources is spending about $1 billion to acquire assets from Chesapeake Energy in Texas and Louisiana.
The land provides EXCO both with producing fields and potentially lucrative drilling sites in the future.
Chesapeake Energy Corp., based in Oklahoma City, is selling approximately 55,000 net acres in Zavala, Dimmit, La Salle and Frio counties in Texas — part of the Northern Eagle Ford Shale. There are 120 producing wells there.
Oklahoma labor officials say the state's unemployment rate rose in every one of its 77 counties in May, a trend they say is not uncommon for the month.
Figures released on Tuesday show Sequoyah County in southeast Oklahoma had the highest unemployment rate of 9 percent in May, up from 8.2 percent in April. The lowest unemployment rate was in Roger Mills County in western Oklahoma at 2.2 percent, which was an increase from 1.8 percent in April.
Fourth of July celebratory options can be overwhelming. With barbecues, fireworks, and The Star Spangled Banner on repeat, it’s hard to know where to start. This week’s OneSix8 highlights a few events to help narrow down options for your Independence Day holiday.
State Treasurer Ken Miller says overall collections for June were down compared to the same month last year, but that as the fiscal year ended Sunday, collections outpaced 2012.
Gross receipts for the month of June were about $976 million, a decrease of about 1.9 percent from June 2012.
“While our monthly numbers are down slightly, the broader picture of annual collections indicate moderate expansion of Oklahoma’s economy,” Miller says. “Broad indictors show there is still reason to be optimistic about our state’s financial course.”
When the sky went black with the May 20 Moore tornado, The University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication students, professors, and alumni immediately converged on the area of destruction in OU’s backyard in order to cover the overwhelming story and help get information out to an anxious public.
When the sky went black with the May 20 Moore tornado, Gaylord College students, professors, and alumni immediately converged on the area of destruction in OU's backyard in order to cover the overwhelming story and help get information out to an anxious public.