StateImpact Oklahoma
1:10 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Federal Government Got Oklahoma Hooked On Coal, Now It's Forcing a Detox

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 11:21 am

In a broadcast story last week, StateImpact talked about how Oklahoma relies heavily on six major coal-fired power plants and the Wyoming coal that’s needed to run them — despite sitting on one of the largest supplies of natural gas in the country.

We wanted to find out what explains this paradox. So we did some research and called some power companies.

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Assignment: Radio
7:28 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

How To Find Yourself While Traveling The World: A Personal Essay

Credit Ana Noshpal

Traveling abroad is a tricky thing. You learn and experience so much, meet new people….but it can be very isolating and lonely at times. Assignment: Radio’s Ana Noshpal tells the story of the first time she felt she had found who she was, in the context of another country. 

English: Assignment:Radio reporter Ana Noshpal's personal essay about her journey as a world traveller.

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Politics and Government
6:22 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

OK Receives "A" in Election Money Transparency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma has received a grade of ``A'' from a national nonprofit group for its disclosure laws about how independent groups spend money to influence voting for certain candidates.

Oklahoma was one of 15 states to receive the top grade in the analysis released Thursday by the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

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Assignment: Radio
3:03 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Assignment: Radio May 12, 2013

Meredith Everitt

It’s the final episode of the Spring 2013 season for the Assignment: Radio team and this week’s theme is “Firsts”. From awkward first kisses, to a first home run, the first can be the worst or something great that stays with you for the rest of your life.

The last episode of Assignment: Radio of the Spring 2013 season. The theme of this show: Firsts.

2:14 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Do I Need A Permit To Die In Oklahoma?

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A new law modeled after legislation written by the National Right to Life Committee could influence end-of-life decisions in Oklahoma. Critics say the law limits options, while supporters say it prevents doctors from going against the desires of patients and their families.
TULSA, Okla. - University of Tulsa law professor Marguerite Chapman has been studying end-of-life issues in Oklahoma for three decades and has come to a conclusion: "It's getting almost to the point that you need a government permit in order to die in this state."
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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