4:16 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

U.S. Drilling Rig Count Falls Below 1,000

A drilling rig in far northwest Oklahoma City.
Credit Kool Cats Photography / Flickr Creative Commons

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. It was the first time the weekly count was below 1,000 since September 2009.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,831 rigs were active.

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Oklahoma News
3:53 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Jabar Shumate Says He Is The Right Man For OU's New Diversity Position

Jabar Shumate and OU President David Boren
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma's new chief of diversity programs says he's right for the job after a racist video roiled the school last month.

Jabar Shumate says he was discriminated against while attending there in the 1990s.

The black former state senator remembers the fliers with his picture on them tacked up during his campaign for student body vice president: "Do you want this person living in your house? Vote the other ticket."

OU President David Boren tapped the Tulsa Democrat for the newly created vice president in charge of overseeing diversity programs.

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The Two-Way
12:31 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

President Obama, Raul Castro Shake Hands, Chat At Summit Of The Americas

President Obama talks with Cuban counterpart Raul Castro before Friday's inauguration of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 9:34 pm

Update, 10:30 p.m. ET: President Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, exchanged greetings and a friendly handshake Friday night at the Summit of the Americas, the Associated Press reports — the first such moment in decades.

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World Views
9:23 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Response Not Likely To Disputed Chinese Land Grab (And Creation) In South China Sea

Satellite images from March 17, 2015 show new structures and construction equipment present on Mischief Reef in the South China Sea
DigitalGlobe/Asia Maritime Transparency Institute Center for Strategic and International Studies

China is gaining ground in a land dispute with its neighbors – literally.

For decades, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines have fought over an archipelago known as the Spratly Islands.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton To Announce Presidential Bid On Sunday

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the White House on Sunday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 2:48 pm

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will officially announce her intention to seek the 2016 Democratic nomination for president on Sunday afternoon, ending years of speculation over her plans to pursue the Oval Office, NPR has learned.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:27 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Even With Downtown Parking Woes, Oklahoma City Still Opposes Uber Regulations

Taxis are parked outside Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

The ride-sharing industry in Oklahoma has gone largely unregulated since Uber first arrived in Oklahoma City in 2013. The services have been challenged by limousine and taxi operators, but there’s little in the way of formal rules for how Uber, or its major competitor Lyft, can operate.

House Bill 1614 would change that. Whenever a driver turns on the app and are transporting or picking up passengers, a $1 million liability insurance policy would apply.

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Oklahoma News
6:08 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

House Committee Approves Budget-Only Session Measure

Credit Steve/Flickr

Oklahoma voters would decide if the Legislature should dedicate every other year exclusively to writing a state budget under a measure approved by a House committee.

The House Rules Committee voted 8-2 Thursday for the resolution by Republican Rep. Randy Grau of Edmond. It now heads to the full House.

The bill calls for a statewide vote on whether to amend the state constitution and allow the Legislature to draft a budget every year but only take up public policy measures on all other topics in odd-numbered years, with some exceptions.

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Oklahoma News
4:53 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Lawton Seeks Permission To Seed Clouds

A Lockheed WC-130B used by U.S. government researchers Stormfury, a cloud seeding research project focused on reducing the strength of hurricanes.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Lawton is seeking permission to hire a cloud-seeding company to increase rainfall in the area.

The Lawton Constitution reports that the city should learn on April 21 if the Oklahoma Water Resources Board will give them permission to go ahead with a contract with a cloud-seeding company. The company uses chemicals to enhance rain clouds' ability to produce moisture.

The contract is slated to run from April 1 to Aug. 31.

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Here & Now
3:05 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Oklahoma Following Kansas’s Lead On Second Trimester Abortion

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks at the National Press Club January 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Gov.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 1:20 pm

The Oklahoma legislature is set to follow Kansas in an effort to restrict abortion, after lawmakers there passed a bill banning the most common method used by women in the second trimester.

NPR’s Jennifer Ludden tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that the method, called “dilation and evacuation” has been dubbed “dismemberment abortion” by opponents of the practice.

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1:19 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Three People From Texas Sick With Listeriosis, Linked To Blue Bell Products

.imelda Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:28 pm

Update April 9, 11:08 a.m.: Federal health authorities say three people in Texas have become ill with listeriosis, a foodborne illness that has recently been linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products.

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