StateImpact Oklahoma
10:07 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Mapped: Oklahoma’s Dams And The Potential Hazards They Pose

Explore Oklahoma’s dams with StateImpact’s interactive map detailing their age, type, owner, hazard classification and reported failures.

Oklahoma has the fifth-largest dam inventory in the United States. Ownership of the 4,700 dams is largely split between government agencies and private entities, including individual owners and other organizations like homeowner’s associations.

Read more
Washington
8:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Delivers Farewell Address To U.S. Senate Colleagues

Oklahoma's Tom Coburn delivered an emotional farewell address to his colleagues in the U.S. Senate immediately after Thursday’s vote on the defense authorization bill.

“I have some adamant opposition to some of the things that we’re doing, but nevertheless I will try to put into context my feelings and thoughts about the great privilege that has been granted to me by the people of Oklahoma,” Coburn said to open his remarks.

Read more
Arts and Entertainment
7:47 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Oklahoma, The World’s Independent Christmas Music Capital?

"The Naughty List" Album Cover
Nathan Price

Norman auto dealer Jonathan Fowler wants his home state to be known as the “independent Christmas music capital of the world,” and he may just reach his goal.

Friday, December 12 marks the official vinyl release of Fowler VW's “The Naughty List,” a 13-song, holiday-themed album - the fifth in a series of albums commemorating Christmas and showcasing some of Oklahoma’s leading independent musical talent.

Read more
Business Intelligence Report
5:12 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Three Energy Stories Making Headlines In Oklahoma This Week

With billboards pointing toward Oklahoma City and messages about booming careers and less traffic in Oklahoma City, Continental Resources is promoting itself in Houston. The energy company is making a connection, as revealed on online applications.
Continental Resources The Journal Record

Oklahoma City made national headlines last week when a few stations on the south side started selling gasoline for less than $2 per gallon.

Friday morning West Texas Intermediate crude oil was trading below $60 per barrel, with Brent crude right around $63.

Read more
Health
7:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

SoonerCare Department Tackles Complex Health Issues

Credit James Martin / Flickr

Overall enrollment in SoonerCare programs increased in October, Population Care Management Director Marlene Asmussen said Thursday during a meeting of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board. 

The net enrollee count change from the previous month was 842. There are 16,219 new enrollees - members that have not been enrolled in the past six months.

Read more
Oklahoma News
7:33 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Repair Oversight Committee Seeks Delay For Final Plan

Credit April Weeks / Flickr.com

Members of the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee voted Thursday to ask the Legislature to delay the due date of its final plan by six months. 

Office of Management and Enterprise Services Capitol Restoration Project Manager Trait Thompson said the extension will allow the vendor that will be selected to do the Capitol's interior work more time to investigate what needs to be done to the building and to develop more accurate cost estimates.

Read more
Business and Economy
7:22 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

General Revenue Fund Collections Drop Below Prior Year, Report Estimates

Credit thinkpanama / Flickr Creative Commons

General Revenue Fund collections in November flattened, dropping below prior year receipts and the official estimate, Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Services Preston Doerflinger reported Thursday. 

According to Doerflinger's report, November General Revenue Fund collections of $382.5 million were $0.6 million, or 0.2 percent, below prior year collections and $2.2 million, or 0.6 percent, below the official estimate upon which the FY2015 appropriated state budget is based.

Read more
Business and Economy
5:12 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Falling Oil Prices Threaten Tax Revenues

Credit CALI2OKIE / Flickr (Creative Commons)

Lower oil prices are raising new financial worries in Oklahoma and other states that rely on oil taxes to pay for roads and other government services.

With oil prices around a five-year low, budget officials in about a half-dozen states have begun paring back projections for a continued gusher of revenues. Spending cuts have started in some places, and more reductions could be necessary if oil prices remain at lower levels during the coming year.

Read more
Oklahoma News
3:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Capitol Building Renovation Panel Wants More Time To Complete Review

A nine-member panel charged with overseeing a $120 million renovation of the Oklahoma Capitol wants more time for a detailed investigation of the 100-year-old building's interior needs.

The State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to ask the Legislature to delay until December 2015 the due date for a final report on the building's interior.

Read more
Oklahoma News
1:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Top Ranked Navy SEAL To Speak At OSU Commencement

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus
Credit United States Navy

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus, deputy commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command in Florida, will be the featured speaker for undergraduate commencement ceremonies at Oklahoma State University.

OSU will host commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday in Stillwater. Nearly 1,700 students will complete their graduate and undergraduate degrees at OSU this fall.

Read more

Pages