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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All Tech Considered
4:50 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

A New 'Smart Rifle' Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses

A TrackingPoint rifle features a high-tech scope that includes a laser rangefinder and a Wi-Fi server.
Courtesy of TrackingPoint

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 10:14 am

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Assignment: Radio
3:55 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kiss Me, Kate! First Love Gone Awkward

KGOU's Kate Carlton tells the story of how she reacted to her first kiss from "John" to her right.
Credit Kate Carlton

Assignment: Radio's Kate Carlton tells the story of how she reacted to the advances of a first grade Casanova. Then, former KGOU employee Paige Willett relates her tale of an awkward first breakup.

First kisses are built up so much, but not everything always goes as planned. If I had one first that I could redo, it would be my first kiss.

And it's not necessarily because of the kiss itself, although it was nothing spectacular by any means; I want to re-do it because of my reaction to the kiss. 

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1:28 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Norman's Special Needs Students Get Free Help From Bart Conner Gym

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The Bart Conner Gymastics Academy earns the Norman Chamber of Commerce's first-ever award for businesses that help Norman Public Schools.
NORMAN - The Norman Chamber of Commerce went a step further Tuesday in its mission of facilitating a partnership between local public schools and businesses by designating the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy as its first Champion in Education.

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