Former Chesapeake Energy employees leave the building with their belongings after the Sept. 29, 2015 buyouts.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Layoffs, Mergers, And Stock Scares In A Volatile Week For Oklahoma's Energy Industry

It's been a rocky five days for Oklahoma's energy sector, with downsizing, buyouts, and even a possible de-listing from the New York Stock Exchange. On Tuesday Chesapeake Energy announced its second round of mass layoffs in two years, letting go a total of 740 employees, including 562 at the Oklahoma City campus. That figure represents nearly 20 percent of the workforce at the intersection of NW 63rd Street and Western Ave. The company is a significant driver of Oklahoma City's economy. "I...
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Tulsa-based Williams Companies is housed in the BOK Tower in downtown.
Caleb Long / Wikimedia Commons

A Dallas-based company is set to complete the acquisition of one of Oklahoma's largest pipeline operators by the first quarter of 2016.

Energy Transfer Equity announced Monday that it will buy Tulsa's Williams Companies in a $37.7 billion deal.

The move will create the fifth-largest energy company in the world Williams Companies' net income fell 24 percent in the first six months of this year.

Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Eugene Glossip
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals denied death row inmate Richard Glossip’s request for a hearing on evidence his attorneys say casts doubts on his guilt, paving the way for his execution Wednesday afternoon.

Buffy Heater, chief strategy officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, is evaluating options for shifting part of Oklahoma’s Medicaid population into a “coordinated care” program using private-sector contractors.
Warren Vieth / Oklahoma Watch

At the insistence of state lawmakers, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is exploring cost-saving options that could lead to partial privatization of the state’s $2.4 billion Medicaid program for aged, blind and disabled people.

The state tried that once before, and it didn’t work out. Costs escalated, companies dropped out, and the state pulled the plug. Supporters of the new effort predicted it might turn out better because of improvements in managed-care practices.

This Is The Fund Drive

Sep 27, 2015

September 27, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Last spring we tried a new way to raise money for the services KGOU provides.  We know programs you hear on KGOU are important to you. 

So, instead of interrupting Morning Edition and All Things Considered for 4 to 5 minutes at a time, encouraging listeners to give, we asked you to give during shorter, normal program breaks. 

It worked and the effort limited the disruptive breaks to only 17 hours instead of 70 or more. It is a much better system!

Paige Willet Lough

September 27, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week I’m pleased to introduce two new staff members to KGOU.

Paige Willett Lough joined us last week as the new host of All Things Considered and Operations Director. Paige is a University of Oklahoma graduate who worked for KGOU as a journalism student several years ago. With Paige handling operations, Brian Hardzinski will expand our web page content as a Digital News Editor.

Protesters of Donald Trump's visit gather at the intersetion of NW 10th Street and May Ave. just to the north of the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Friday night thousands of supporters turned out at the Oklahoma State Fair for a 40-minute speech by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

Donald TrumpGOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaking to thousands gathered at the Bandshell Stage on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds on September 25, 2015.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Thousands of supporters streamed to the Oklahoma State Fair on Friday to hear Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump hammer the media, illegal immigrants, Iran and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Wearing his signature red baseball cap, Trump told the crowd the United States doesn’t win anymore, but that will change under the Trump administration.

top secret confidential document
RestrictedData / Flickr

Most of the information in the intelligence world is unclassified.

That may seem counterintuitive, but longtime intelligence analyst Thomas Fingar says the whole point of intelligence is to aid decision-makers.

“It's not giving them what they want, it's giving them what the analysts that they are working with feels they need - if they think that their understanding is incomplete or inaccurate to help them to understand how to put it in perspective and the like. So it's influenced by the policy agenda,” Fingar said.

President Barack Obama presents President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China with a gift of an inscribed redwood park bench at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., June 8, 2013.
Pete Souza / The White House

President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping are meeting this week to discuss an arms deal for cyberspace. It’s the first of its kind – an agreement not to use cyber weapons to attack each other’s infrastructure. The move would protect things like medical facilities, cell phone towers, banking systems, and power grids.

President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at his dacha outside Moscow, Russia, July 7, 2009.
Pete Souza / The White House

Next week President Obama plans to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the United Nations to discuss efforts and support in Syria. Russia has been backing the Syrian administration of Bashar al-Assad since the civil war began more than four years ago – sending planes, tanks and troops to bolster Bashar al-Assad’s government and tenuous hold on power in the troubled country. But the rise of Islamic State militants has created even more questions about who to stand behind in the Middle East.