Politics and Government
1:15 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Kansas Firm To Repair Oklahoma Capitol

Oklahoma State Capitol
LLudo Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma officials have selected a Kansas-based construction company with experience renovating historic structures to repair the exterior of the state Capitol.

Officials with the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services announced Monday the selection of JE Dunn Construction to begin the first phase of a planned $120 million renovation of the nearly 100-year-old building.

The maximum value of the contract to repair the building's exterior is $25 million.

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Washington
6:53 am
Mon December 22, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Reflects On Friendship With Obama During '60 Minutes' Farewell Interview

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn focused on his Congressional record and his friendship with President Obama during a farewell interview on the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes Sunday night.

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Oklahoma News
4:33 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Last Minute Donations Needed To Fill Christmas Wish Lists For Children In Foster Care

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The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) and OK Foster Wishes are asking for some last-minute donations to ensure all children in foster care receive Christmas presents. 

DHS partnered with OK Foster Wishes this year to provide thousands of children in foster care with Christmas gifts.  A wish list was made for each child with specific gifts that child needed or wanted. OK Foster Wishes distributed those wish lists statewide to organizations and citizens wanting to help purchase the gifts for children. 

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Oklahoma News
6:55 am
Sun December 21, 2014

EPA Notified Of Large Oklahoma Fuel Spill

Three Forks Harbor Marina
Credit Three Forks Harbor, Port of Muskogee / Wikipedia Commons

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the Environmental Protection Agency has been notified of a large fuel spill in the Arkansas Kerr-McClellan Navigation Channel in Muskogee County.

The patrol says the spill in the Three Forks area of the channel and appeared to be on the surface of the water. The U.S. Coast Guard's National Response Center was notified of the spill about 2:10 p.m. Saturday and the EPA was to be alerted for possible cleanup action.

Oklahoma marine enforcement units unsuccessfully attempted to locate the source of the spill with the state's air boat. The patrol says the state Department of Environment Quality is now in control of the scene.

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Manager's Desk
6:16 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Enjoy The Season!

Credit Holiday River Parade

December 21, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

On behalf of the staff of KGOU Radio, may the best of the season with be you. May your holidays be filled with family, food and warm memories.  Enjoy!

From the Manager’s Desk, I’m Karen Holp.

Music Interviews
1:17 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

In his early 50s, after a long hiatus, the country singer has a new album and is touring. "Music keeps you eternally young," he says. "It just does."
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 5:58 pm

There was a long stretch in country music when there was no bigger star than Garth Brooks. He ruled the country charts throughout the '90s, filled stadiums, played 250 to 300 shows a year. In 2001, he called it off. He retired from the road and the studio, and went back home to Oklahoma to be a dad to his three young daughters.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:12 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Norman Residents Want Input To Oil And Gas Drilling Regulations

Demonstrators outside the Norman City Hall before a city council committee met to discuss changes to oil and gas drilling rules.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

About 60 demonstrators gathered in front of the Norman City Hall Wednesday evening before the city council’s oversight committee met to discuss changes to the Norman’s oil and gas drilling regulations.

The Central Oklahoma Clean Water Coalition hosted the rally. Organizer Casey Holcolm says the current ordinances were written before fracking became so widespread.

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Education
6:54 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Board Of Education Suspends Charter School’s Funding

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The State Board of Education has suspended its funding to Alexis Rainbow Arts Academy until it has provided the board with a variety of records and financial reports.

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Politics and Government
6:32 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Fallin Suggests Overhauling Budget Process And Use Of Dedicated Tax Revenue

Governor Mary Fallin
Credit Governor Mary Fallin / www.ok.gov

Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday she hopes to work with lawmakers on what she called an “overhaul” of the state’s budgeting process.

“We need to look at making fundamental changes in our budgeting process, even how the Legislature runs its legislative session,” Fallin said following Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Equalization. “In other words, I think we need to focus more on the budget and revenue streams and even possibly look at doing budgeting every year but maybe doing substantive legislation session every other year.”

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Oklahoma Execution
6:08 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Department Of Corrections Director Says State Has Drugs Needed For Executions

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma's prison system chief says the state has the drugs it needs to execute four inmates early next year and plans to administer the same three drugs used in a botched execution this spring.

Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton told a federal judge Friday the agency plans to use the exact formula used successfully in 11 executions in Florida, one that he believes is "humane."

The judge plans to rule Monday in a case in which lawyers for 21 death row inmates say the sedative midazolam presents a risk of cruel and unusual punishment.

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