Politics and Government
1:21 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

African-American Judges Honored By State Senate

Clockwise from top right: Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Carlos Chappelle, David Lewis, Tom Colbert
Credit Brian Hardzinski / Photo Illustration

Four groundbreaking African-American judges have been honored by the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution honoring U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert, Court of Criminal Appeals Judge David Lewis and Tulsa County District Court Judge Carlos Chappelle.

Miles-LaGrange was the first African-American elected chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in 2008.

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Assignment: Radio
1:10 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Producers: "Assignment: Radio" And Life After Graduation

Assignment: Radio alumni Meredith Everitt and Arash Davari.
Credit Meredith Everitt

Assignment: Radio producer Meredith Everitt interviews Arash Davari, the original host of the show.

The theme of this episode of Assignment: Radio is “Firsts”. So, what better way to end it than with the first host of the show?

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North Texas Tornado
12:45 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

VIDEO: University of Oklahoma Storm Chaser Captures Texas Twister

University of Oklahoma meteorology student Paige Burress captured this image of a wedge tornado north of Rio Vista, TX - May 15, 2013
Credit Paige Burress / Texas Storm Chasers

The twister that ripped through the town of Granbury, Tex.  Wednesday night killed at least six people and injured dozens of others.

The National Weather Service classified the deadly Texas twister as a powerful EF4, with winds up to 200 miles-per-hour.

University of Oklahoma meteorology student Paige Burress captured video of the tornado for the weather blog Texas Storm Chasers. She told Here & Now host Robin Young it was a "sobering experience."

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:19 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Oklahoma’s Response To Manmade Quakes Is More Passive Than Other States

Roger Root stands next to a wastewater holding tank near an injection well on his Newton, Ohio farm. Ohio banned wastewater injection wells in risky areas after a series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.
Credit Phil Masturzo / Akron Beacon Journal

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A number of seismologists have concluded that the 5.7-magnitude earthquake that hit near Prague a year and a half ago was caused by injecting wastewater from oil and gas production deep underground.

Earthquakes in other states have been linked to disposal wells, but Oklahoma’s is the largest. Yet Oklahoma’s regulatory response has been one of the smallest.

Seismologists have linked wastewater disposal wells to earthquakes in at least a half-dozen states. On a geologic scale, the tremors are small. And the quakes — in states like Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, and Ohio — have all been smaller than the November 2011 quake that shook Oklahoma near Prague.

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Texas Tornado Leaves 6 Dead, Dozens Hurt, Hundreds Homeless

Jose and Antonio Angudo were among those evacuated from Granbury, Texas, late Wednesday after a tornado devastated the area.
Joyce Marshall / Fort Worth Star-Telegram MCT / Landov

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 7:38 am

"A massive emergency response" is underway in North Texas, where tornadoes blew through Wednesday night, The Dallas Morning News says. A twister that hit Granbury, about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth, left at least six people dead, more than 100 injured and even more homeless, The Associated Press adds.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Twitter Users Risk Damnation, Say Saudi Religious Police

In January, this Saudi man in Riyadh had Twitter open on his computer.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:57 am

"The head of Saudi Arabia's religious police has warned citizens against using Twitter, which is rising in popularity among Saudis," the BBC reports. "Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said anyone using social media sites — and especially Twitter — 'has lost this world and his afterlife.' "

International Digital Times notes that:

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OneSix8
6:30 am
Thu May 16, 2013

John Fullbright Kicks Off Norman Summer Concert Series

Fullbright on his back porch
Credit John Fullbright Music

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Fullbright burst onto the music scene in 2009 with an album recorded live at The Blue Door in Oklahoma City. He became even more well known in 2012 when he released his album From the Ground Up. He performs this Sunday as the opening act for Norman’s Summer Breeze Concert Series


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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:28 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Five Tribes Join Forces to Develop New Oklahoma Wind Farm

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 10:34 am

The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations are helping small communities with their water infrastructure needs in southern Oklahoma.

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Health
6:28 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Health Care Bill Narrows "Native" Designation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Some Native Americans could be forced to pay a fine or buy their own health insurance under changes enacted in the federal health care overhaul.

The overhaul takes a narrow view of who is considered American Indian and can avoid the $695 tax penalty. The definition is limited to people who can prove they belong to one of about 560 tribes recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Politics and Government
6:23 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Inhofe Supports IRS Investigation and Taxpayer Protection Act

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's senior U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is co-sponsoring a bill filed amid reports that the Internal Revenue Service specifically targeted conservative groups.

Inhofe announced Wednesday that he was an official co-sponsor of the Taxpayer Nondiscrimination and Protection Act of 2013. Inhofe says the bill would make it a crime for an IRS employee to target an individual or group based on their beliefs.

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