Oklahoma News
7:12 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Obama Praises Oklahoma's Response To Fraternity Video

University of Oklahoma President David Boren during Monday's press conference in Holmberg Hall addressing the racist video.
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

President Barack Obama says he was "heartened" by the University of Oklahoma's swift response after video surfaced of fraternity brothers chanting about lynching.

Two students who had participated were immediately expelled.

Obama says what happened there won't be the last time a fraternity member does something stupid but that what's different from 30 or 40 years ago is the reaction.

Back then, Obama says, there might have been more tolerance for that type of chant.

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Oklahoma News
6:45 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Small Earthquakes Recorded Near Perry

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The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three small earthquakes near Perry in northern Oklahoma — including one measured at magnitude 4.0.

The Noble County Sheriff's Office says there are no reports of injury or damage.

The U.S.G.S. reports that a 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 5:08 a.m. Saturday; a magnitude 3.0 quake was recorded at 2:57 p.m. and a magnitude 3.5 temblor was recorded a minute later at 2:58 p.m.

The area is about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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Manager's Desk
6:03 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Week Two Of The 2015 Spring Fundraiser

March 22, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This is KGOU’s 2015 Spring Fundraiser. We are raising money to pay for the programs and services you love, but right now, we are using these small announcements to avoid interruption to programming.

Our success depends on you. Help us now with a gift of 5, 10 or 20 dollars per month, or any amount that works for you. 

Our goal is to raise $180,000, and once we do, this drive is over. As of late last week, we had received just about $60,000. So we are about a third of the way to our goal.

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Education
6:46 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Report Shows Little Change In Average Oklahoma Teacher Pay

More budget cuts will increase Oklahoma teacher-shortage crisis, state superintendent Joy Hofmeister says.
Credit Tulsa World / Creative Commons

Oklahoma gained one spot to claim the fourth lowest average teacher salary in the nation, not because teachers are earning significantly more, but because the average salary in Idaho went down.

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Oklahoma News
6:03 am
Sat March 21, 2015

State Seeks Bids For Historic Building In Guthrie

Old Oklahoma Daily State Capitol Newspaper Building. Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Credit Kool Cats Photography / Wikipedia Commons

The state of Oklahoma is looking for someone to redevelop a historic building in the heart of downtown Guthrie.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services has issued a request for proposals for the purchase or lease and redevelopment of the 50,000-square-foot Oklahoma State Capital Publishing Company building.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but the state closed the museum in 2012 because of a lack of funding.

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Business and Economy
5:45 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Oklahoma Loses 500 Mining-Oil Industry Jobs

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New data released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission shows that state has lost about 500 mining industry jobs between December 2014 and January 2015.

Even though the mining sector reported a 0.8-percent decline in employment during that time, the sector grew by 4.7 percent. About 97 percent of the jobs in the industry are related to oil and gas drilling.

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Oklahoma News
5:53 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

BOK Financial COO Resigns After 12 Years With Company

BOK Financial Corp. COO Dan Ellinor
Credit news.bokf.com / BOK Financial Corp.

The chief operating officer of BOK Financial Corp. has resigned after 12 years with the company and will move back to Texas to pursue other opportunities.

The Tulsa World reports the company announced Dan Ellinor's resignation on Friday.

Before joining BOK Financial, Ellinor had a 20-year banking career in Texas. He maintains a house in that state and says he wants to return to be near family and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

In 2013, the bank named Ellinor its chief operating officer.

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Business and Economy
3:54 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

U.S. Rig Count Falls By 56

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Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. tumbled by 56 this week to 1,069 amid slumping oil prices.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 825 rigs were seeking oil and 242 exploring for natural gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,803 rigs were active.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas lost 36 rigs and Louisiana 18. New Mexico declined by five, North Dakota and Ohio each dropped three and Arkansas and Kansas lost two apiece.

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Oklahoma News
9:14 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council Votes Against Tribal Chief

Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger
Credit muscogeenation-nsn.gov

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council has voted in favor of a no-confidence resolution regarding the tribe's principal chief.

The Tulsa World reports the vote marks the second time this month the National Council has shown that it might have the necessary votes to remove George Tiger from office.

The council voted 12-2 on the resolution Thursday. At least 12 members would be needed to vote on an impeachment measure if it comes forward.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:38 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Ongoing Corporation Commission Hearing To Determine Potential 15-20 Percent Utility Rate Hike

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

For the past several weeks the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has heard from attorneys for Oklahoma Gas & Electric regarding the utility’s request for approval to spend $1.1 billion.

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