1:30 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Affordable Housing Draws Middle Class To Oklahoma City, Other Inland Communities

Americans have never hesitated to pack up the U-Haul in search of the big time, a better job or just warmer weather. But these days, domestic migrants are increasingly driven by the quest for cheaper housing.
Oklahoma City, for example, has outpaced most other cities in growth since 2011, becoming the 12th-fastest-growing city last year. It has also won over a coveted demographic, young adults age 25 to 34, going from a net loss of millennials to a net gain. Other affordable cities that have jumped in the growth rankings include several in Texas, including El Paso and San Antonio, as well as Columbus, Ohio, and Little Rock, Ark.
Oklahoma Has More Quakes Than California
12:47 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Does Oklahoma Need A Federal Task Force On Earthquakes?

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An Oklahoma lawmaker and a veteran petroleum geologist are calling for a federal task force to develop an emergency action plan in response to the swarm of earthquakes that have been felt in central Oklahoma.

Sen. Jerry Ellis of Valliant and geologist Bob Jackman of Tulsa says the task force should evaluate published earth science studies on earthquakes that have rattled the region and release its findings and proposed solutions to the public.

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Immigration
11:30 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Emergency Shelters At Military Bases To Close

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine attempts to enter the facility at Fort Sill where hundreds of unaccompanied minors were held.
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The U.S. government is closing emergency shelters at military base shelters in Texas, Oklahoma and California being used to temporarily house unaccompanied immigrant children caught crossing the border.

Health and Human Services spokesman Kenneth Wolfe says operations at the shelters will soon be suspended because there have been fewer child immigrants caught at the border and the government has expanded capacity at other shelters.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:19 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Two Decades Later, Still Questions About The Oklahoma City Bombing

The devastated Alfred P. Murrah Building following the Oklahoma City bombing, April 25, 1995
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Nineteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, unanswered questions resurfaced last week. A four-day trial in Utah sought to determine if the FBI has done an adequate search for additional videos of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

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The Two-Way
9:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Storms, Aftershocks Hurt Rescue Efforts Following Deadly China Quake

People carry an injured man through the debris in Ludian county in Zhaotong, a city in southwest China's Yunnan province on Monday.
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Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 12:40 pm

Rescue teams are scrambling to find survivors of an earthquake that rocked southern China on Sunday and that Chinese officials say killed at least 398 people and injured at least 1,800 others.

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Education
8:13 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Oklahoma Approaches ESEA Waiver Deadline

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Oklahoma has less than two weeks before approaching its deadline for an extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility beyond the 2013-2014 school year, state officials say.

The waiver is the Obama administration’s flexibility from many of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. If not approved to extend flexibility, the state would transition back to ESEA, which could put the state under more strenuous federal restrictions.

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It's All Politics
6:57 am
Mon August 4, 2014

As Ballot Deadline Looms, A Muddied Debate Over Colo. Fracking

Just off Interstate Highway 25, Drill Rig 1548 of Encana Natural Gas stands near homes in the town of Frederick in Weld County, Colorado.
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Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 10:13 am

"Hello. Are you registered to vote in Colorado?"

It's a refrain many in the state have grown to loathe this summer — heard outside their favorite grocery store or shopping mall as signature gatherers race toward an Aug. 4 deadline to put four energy-related measures on the November ballot.

With two of those measures backed by environmentalists, and the other two by industry-supported groups, all of the energy talk is leading to confusion among potential voters.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Top Business Stories: OG&E Coal Cleanup, Food Trucks, And A Leaner Chesapeake Energy Corp.

The Oklahoma Gas and Electric power plant in Muskogee.
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OG&E Says Cleaning Up Emissions At Its Coal-Fired Power Plants Could Cost $1 Billion.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sued the company in 2009, claiming pollution from OG&E creates smog in national parks.  The courts agreed and gave OG&E until 2019 to clean it up.

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Oklahoma News
6:04 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Best-selling Author Billie Letts Dies In Oklahoma

Billie Letts' book "Where the Heart Is"
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Best-selling author Billie Letts has died at an Oklahoma hospital.

Letts' publicist, Arlene Johnson, says Letts died Saturday after a brief illness. Letts was 76.

Letts' novels include "Where the Heart Is," which was turned into a movie starring Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Cusack.

Letts also taught English and creative writing at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.

She is survived by three sons — Dana Letts, musician Shawn Letts and playwright and actor Tracy Letts.

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Politics and Government
5:46 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Security Increased For Oklahoma Prisons Director

Robert Patton, Director, Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Security has been increased for Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton following threatening phone calls and emails that began after a botched execution in April.

The Tulsa World reported Sunday that records show the department bought a bullet-resistant sport utility vehicle at a total cost of $40,587. Patton is also accompanied by guards.

Department spokesman Jerry Massie said Patton does not have 24-hour security every day — only when he travels.

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