StateImpact Pennsylvania
1:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Penn. State Senator Asks For Investigation Into Chesapeake Energy Royalty Payments

Pennsylvania State Sen. Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is asking for an investigation into Chesapeake Energy.
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The chairman of the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Gene Yaw (R- Bradford) is asking state Attorney General Kathleen Kane to investigate allegations of fraud against Pennsylvania’s biggest natural gas driller, Chesapeake Energy.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:56 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Oklahoma’s Earthquake ‘Swarm’ In One Chart

Magnitude 2.0 and greater Oklahoma earthquakes from 1990-2014.
Credit EQ Charts

EQ Charts has created a really great visual of Oklahoma’s earthquake “swarm.” The chart was built with data from the U.S. Geological Survey, and shows quakes of 2.0-magnitude or greater. Most people can feel earthquakes that are 3.0-magnitude or greater.

Earthquakes have increased exponentially in Oklahoma, a phenomenon federal and university seismologists have linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry.

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Native American
10:43 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Osage Attorney General Accuses Former Board Members In Missing $806,000

Credit Osage Nation

Four former members of the Pawhuska Indian Village Board appeared in tribal court Thursday for arraignment on charges they misused tribal funds. Osage Nation authorities say they’ve known about $806,000 they say was misused by the board since 2012. That was when an audit showed the public funds could not be accounted for.

The case was first turned over to the U.S. Attorney, who eventually decided not to file charges, so Osage Nation Attorney General Jeff Jones charged the four in tribal court.

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Heart Disease
9:06 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Oklahoma Program Seeks To Improve Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease is the top killer of Oklahomans.
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A new public-private initiative is working to reduce heart attacks and stroke in a five-county area in southeastern Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Heartland Project combines public health personnel with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals and insurers to help patients reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke and live a longer, healthier life.

Counties participating in the initiative include Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Coal, Atoka and Latimer. The pilot project is funded through a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Massive Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Blankets Region In Ash

A residential area is covered with ash from the Mount Kelud volcano, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Friday.
Bimo Satrio EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 1:06 pm

The second major volcanic eruption in as many weeks in Indonesia has killed at least three people and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands on the island of Java, as Mount Kelud spewed ash and debris 12 miles into the sky.

Thursday night's eruption of the volcano, located 50 miles southwest of the country's second-largest city of Surabaya, could be heard up to 125 miles away, Indonesia's disaster agency says, according to The Associated Press.

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A Blog Supreme
8:21 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Because It's Never Too Soon To Survey The Year In Jazz, 5 Songs For 2014

James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February.
Ingrid Hertfelder Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:05 pm

From the outside looking in, it may seem as if jazz recordings have slowed to a flurry. But it's really more like a blizzard, with dozens already coming down in the new year — including new efforts from big names like Pat Metheny, Danilo Pérez and Brad Mehldau. Before we're snowed under, here are a few others worth hearing.

Oklahoma House Approves Plan
4:26 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Publically Funded Pension Obligations Will Be Covered

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A plan to require the Legislature to cover the state's publicly funded pension obligations each year has been approved by the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 69-24 on Thursday for the bill to require the Legislature to meet the actuarially required contribution, or ARC, amount each year. The requirement wouldn't apply if the total amount exceeded 15 percent of the overall state budget.

House author Rep. Randy McDaniel says because the Legislature historically didn't meet the ARC, the systems have grown to have an unfunded liability of nearly $12 billion.

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Runoff Election Appropriate Response
4:11 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Sallisaw Won't Be Pulling A Police Chief Out Of The Hat

Credit Sallisaw Police Department - City Of Sallisaw

Sallisaw's new police chief won't be picked from a hat after all.

Sequoyah County election officials say a runoff election will be held April 1 after Tuesday's contest ended in a tie. Both Terry Franklin and Sandy Girdner received 837 votes, and election officials initially said they'd draw the winner's name from a hat.

But on Wednesday, Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said the city attorney's office notified the board that a runoff election would be the appropriate response.

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All Tech Considered
2:38 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

How The Big Cable Deal Could Actually Boost Open-Internet Rules

Comcast is the largest cable company and home Internet service provider in the United States.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:59 am

An announced $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable — the largest and second-largest cable companies in the U.S., respectively — is under scrutiny not just for its massive size but also for its potential impact on Internet use.

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Oklahoma Politics
1:27 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

UPDATE: McAffrey Formally Announces U.S. House Candidacy

Credit Oklahoma State Senate

A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City formally announced his candidacy Thursday for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

State Sen. Al McAffrey formally unveiled his plans during a 1 p.m. press conference at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.

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