StateImpact Oklahoma
11:47 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Oklahoma Running Out Of Room For Oil As U.S. Hoards Crude In Cushing Hub

A tanker truck pulling into a terminal at the oil hub in Cushing, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

A booming U.S. oil industry has led to near-record amounts of oil production, which has helped drive down oil prices. The energy industry has responded by storing crude instead of selling it at discount rates. That has created a unique situation in Oklahoma, where a major oil storage hub is on track to fill up — completely.

One-fifth of the country’s commercial crude oil storage capacity is located Cushing, Okla., a small city of about 7,900 in northeastern Oklahoma. On the city’s outskirts, field after field are filled with hulking steel storage tanks.

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Weather and Climate
9:54 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Fallin Declares State Of Emergency For 25 Counties After Oklahoma Tornadoes

Moore resident Joetta Strain holds her "prized possession," a photograph of her parents she's had since she was 16. The home she's lived in since 1973 is likely a total loss after Wednesday's tornado.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated 2:31 p.m.: National Weather Service issues preliminary report

The Norman office of the National Weather Service spent Thursday assessing the aftermath of Wednesday's tornado and damaging straight line winds, and are surveying damage in southwest Oklahoma City and Moore.

The Weather Service received some criticism on social media for the timing of the tornado warning, and Thursday's report estimates the first tornado warning was issued six minutes after the twister developed over southwest Oklahoma City.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:15 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Regulators Issue Tougher Disposal Well Directives As Oklahoma’s Quake Risk Rises

An American Energy Woodford well near Perkins, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

As earthquakes continue to surge in Oklahoma and seismologists warn of more frequent and more damaging shaking, the state’s oil and gas regulator is issuing new orders to companies operating wells in seismically active regions of the state.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s new requirements, known as directives, were mailed March 18 to 92 people or companies operating 347 Arbuckle formation disposal wells in quake-prone regions of the state.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon
7:47 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Former SAE Member Apologizes For Racist Chant

Levi Pettit, center, walks into the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Oklahoma City with state senator Anastasia Pittman and pastor J.A. Reed, Jr.
Jacob McCleland KGOU

One of the two Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members who was expelled from the University of Oklahoma for participating in a racist chant apologized on Wednesday. Levi Pettit spoke with black politicians, pastors and community leaders for about two hours and later addressed the press at the Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City, but Pettit would not reveal how he learned the infamous chant.

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OneSix8
5:01 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Girls Rock, Ladies Wrestle, Plus Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aoife Donovan

A concert and arm wrestling tournament raise funds for young women to attend camp July 13-17.
RCGOKC

Girls learn to shred on guitar and drums, slap the bass, groove the keys and rock the mic at a brand new summer camp that aspires to teach self-empowerment through music. Five bands— one bluegrass, two folk, one punk and one rockabilly, play the first benefit show.

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The Two-Way
3:42 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Is Charged With Desertion

This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August.
Eugene R. Fidell AP

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 4:52 pm

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009, after he walked off his military outpost in southeastern Afghanistan. In a controversial move and five years after his capture, the Obama administration cut a deal with the Taliban, securing Bergdahl's release in exchange for the release of five Taliban detainees who were being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

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Weather and Climate
2:23 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Tennis Ball-Sized Hail, Wildfires Possible As Cold Front Arrives In Oklahoma

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 2:19 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of central and eastern Oklahoma as the threat of severe weather slowly increases.

The Norman Forecast Office says the prime time for storm development should come between 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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Oklahoma News
12:14 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Emily Gives Birth To Lowland Gorilla Infant At OKC Zoo

Emily And Her New Infant Lowland Gorilla
Credit OKC Zoo And Botanical Garden / Facebook.com

Officials at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden say a western lowland gorilla has given birth.

The baby gorilla hasn't been named and keepers haven't yet been able to determine its gender.

The baby is the fifth birth for the 29-year-old gorilla, Emily. The baby is the second child for its father, Togo, since he arrived at the zoo in 2012.

Zoo curator Laura Bottaro says Emily appears to be doing well and is attentive to her baby.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:31 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Is Oklahoma Paying Companies To Keep Jobs Not At Risk?

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Oklahoma’s premier business incentive, the $1 billion Quality Jobs program, entered new territory nine years ago.

Until then, businesses only received payroll subsidies from the state if they created new jobs in Oklahoma.

In 2006, the program was expanded to begin providing subsidies for existing jobs if a “change in control” occurred and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce director determined the jobs were “likely to leave the state” because of new ownership.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon
10:03 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Expelled OU Frat Member To Speak To Pastors, Black Leaders

The exterior of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on the University of Oklahoma campus, shortly before the letters were removed from the building March 9, 2015.
Jacob McCleland KGOU

A former University of Oklahoma student seen participating in a racist chant in a video made aboard a fraternity party bus is scheduled to speak at an event sponsored by a leading black Oklahoma state legislator.

The Dallas Morning News reports Levi Pettit, who is from the Dallas area, will make his first public remarks since controversy erupted over the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video went viral.

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