6:04 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Oil Company Closes Oklahoma City Office, 100 Jobs Lost

A rig hand on a Triad Energy horizontal drilling operation near Alva, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Range Resources Corp. has closed its Oklahoma City office, resulting in the loss of 100 area jobs.

The Texas-based oil and natural gas producer closed its Oklahoma office Tuesday, the latest casualty of falling oil prices. Employees were placed on 60-day paid leave before their employment officially ends April 20, according to a notice sent to state and local officials.

Range Resources said the opportunity to transfer to other locations was offered to some employees. Those who did not receive an offer will get severance packages.

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Oklahoma News
5:34 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Oklahoma Conservation Districts To Hold Annual Meeting

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) is the keynote speaker.
Credit Provided / U.S. House of Representatives

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is getting geared up for its annual meeting this weekend.

The statewide group's 77th annual meeting begins Sunday and runs through Tuesday in Midwest City.

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin from Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District is the meeting's keynote speaker.

During the meeting, conservationists are expected to discuss subjects such as improving soil health, water quality and maintaining upstream flood control dams.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:10 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Science Of Oil And Gas-Related Earthquakes Is ‘Ready For Application,’ USGS Says

"Coping with earthquakes induced by fluid injection," was published Feb. 20, 2014 in the journal Science.

new peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Science urges greater partnership between industry, government agencies and researchers in responding to the consequences of earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity.

The paper, authored by the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal scientists, as well as state seismologists, including the Oklahoma Geological Survey’s Austin Holland, also endorsed more transparency:

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Business and Economy
4:00 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Cushing Oil Storage Hub Nearing Capacity

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An Oklahoma town known as the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World" is again the focus of the global energy industry.

The Oklahoman reports that Cushing is home to the nation's largest oil storage facility, a complex capable of holding more than 80 million barrels of crude oil. As oil prices have plummeted over the last several months, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said companies have stockpiled about 2.2 million barrels a week at Cushing. Companies hope to sell the oil at higher prices when prices rise again.

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Weather and Climate
3:24 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

'Highly Complex' Winter Weather System To Move Through Oklahoma This Weekend

What the National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office is calling a "highly complex winter weather scenario" is expected to move through central and northwest Oklahoma this weekend.

Very cold air will move in behind a front Saturday night into Sunday, bringing light wintry precipitation. Northwest Oklahoma could see the greatest amount of snowfall during the first round - anywhere from 1-2 inches.

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World Views
3:02 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About The Foreign Films Competing In Sunday's Oscars

The Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, home of the annual Academy Awards.
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The 87th Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday, and this year the category of Best Foreign Language Film received 83 submissions.

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Goats and Soda
3:01 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic

The rapid Ebola test from Corgenix Medical Corporation is small and easy to use. But because it involves blood, health workers would still need to run the test at a lab to stay safe.
Courtesy of Corgenix Medical Corp.

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:57 pm

Speed. That's key to ending the Ebola epidemic, health officials have been saying for months. Now there's a new tool to help do the trick.

The World Health Organization approved the first quick test for Ebola Friday. The test gives results in about 15 minutes, instead of hours. So people infected can get treatment and be quarantined more quickly.

"It's definitely a breakthrough," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said Friday in Geneva.

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8:07 am
Fri February 20, 2015

VIDEO: House Education Committee Democrat Still Worried About Reworked AP U.S. History Bill

One of the four Democrats who voted against a bill dealing with how the Advanced Placement U.S. history course is taught in Oklahoma says he doesn't think the controversy is over.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:59 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Chesapeake-McClendon Suit Raises Hazy Corporate Law Issues, Could Drag On For Years

American Energy Partners, LP founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon, who co-founded Chesapeake Energy in 1989.
Provided The Journal Record

One of the country’s major oil and natural gas producers, and a huge driver of Oklahoma City’s and the state’s economy, filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging its founder and former CEO stole trade secrets during his final days at Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Aubrey McClendon has been no stranger to the controversy. In 2012 the Chesapeake board of directors significantly curtailed his responsibility, before he eventually stepped down during the first half of 2013.

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8:27 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

The Ralph Ellison Festival, Poet Quraysh Ali Lansana And Black American Films

Ralph Ellison, Oklahoma City native, passed away in 1994. He was a novelist, essayist, NYU professor, jazz connoisseur, and great voice for the appreciation of black cultures, music and arts.
Credit Ralph Ellison Foundation

The Ralph Ellison Festival brings together an array of Oklahoma musicians, authors, artists and publishers for one evening, this Friday on Film Row. The line-up includes poets Candace Liger, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Lauren Zuniga and Short Order Poems; musicians Culture Cinematic and Gregory Jerome; and visual artists Skip Hill and RJ Woods, creator of New Myth Comics.

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