Weather and Climate
7:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Large Hail, Tornadoes Possible With Severe Storms Across Oklahoma This Weekend

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 8:53 a.m.: Many unknowns making specific impact hard to predict

The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms are possible across much of central and southern Oklahoma Friday, with an increasing risk of tornadoes.

They’re most likely between 4 and 11 p.m. along the Red River in an area stretching from Ardmore to Durant. 

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Business Intelligence Report
6:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Gun Ruling Sparks Concern About Norman Music Festival, Arts Festival Aims For Zero Waste

The 2011 Norman Music Festival
Rob Bennett Flickr

It's springtime in Oklahoma, festival season is getting underway, and two of the Metro's biggest kicked off this week.

The eighth Norman Music Festival opened Thursday night - with one of the most controversial lead-ups in recent memory.

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Oklahoma News
6:39 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

House Minority Leader Inman Says Democrats Oppose Oil & Gas Regulation Bill

House Minority Leader Rep. Scott Inman (D-Del City)
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says his caucus was disappointed by passage of a Republican-backed bill that prohibits cities and towns from regulating oil and natural gas drilling operations.

House Democrat Leader Scott Inman of Del City said Thursday that members of the House minority caucus believe local communities and their leaders should have authority to regulate the drilling operations in their areas.

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Oklahoma News
6:11 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

OKC-Bound Seattle Elephants To Spend A Few Weeks At San Diego Zoo

Chai at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Credit Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo. / Creative Commons/Google Images

Seattle zoo officials say the two elephants moving to Oklahoma will likely spend a few weeks in San Diego before continuing their journey.

The aging Asian pachyderms changed course in Salt Lake City and then stopped in California instead of heading straight to Oklahoma last week after being diverted by a storm.

The chief operating officer of the Woodland Park Zoo said Thursday that Chai and Bamboo are doing well in San Diego, eating and drinking as expected. They are being cared for by the people who worked with them at the Seattle zoo.

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Oklahoma News
1:12 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Judge In Tulsa Volunteer Deputy Manslaughter Case Considers Recusal

Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo

A Tulsa County judge assigned to the case of a volunteer deputy accused of manslaughter in the shooting of a restrained man says he is weighing recusal over his close ties to the sheriff's office.

District Court Judge James Caputo in a court filing Wednesday said he worked for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office for about seven years and that his daughter is an employee there.

Caputo told The Tulsa World he hopes to decide by Friday whether to continue with the case. Caputo was randomly assigned to the case and says no one has asked him to recuse.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:08 am
Thu April 23, 2015

UPDATE: What StateImpact Is Watching In Oklahoma’s 2015 Legislative Session

Joseph Novak Flickr

There’s only about a month left in Oklahoma’s 2015 legislative session, and if bills haven’t made it out of the chamber they started in by now, they’re dead.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Thu April 23, 2015

U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

President Obama expresses his condolences today to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 4:31 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

President Obama offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Both men were held hostage by al-Qaida.

"I take full responsibility for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qaida," Obama said.

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8:42 am
Thu April 23, 2015

PBS Newshour: Oklahoma Links Earthquakes To Oil And Gas Industry Wastewater

Since 2009, there’s been a drastic increase in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma. Many people think it’s tied to an increase in oil and gas drilling, but due to the energy boom, state officials have been reluctant to draw a connection.

On Tuesday, state officials acknowledged the quakes are likely caused by wells used to dispose of wastewater from both traditional drilling methods, as well as hydraulic fracturing.

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7:37 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Spiked Cabbage And Blown Glass Among Attractions At Annual Oklahoma City Festival

Chelsy and Jasmine Glenn are enjoying a family tradition they've kept since Chelsy was 4 years old- ordering their favorite dish from International Food Row on opening day at Festival of the Arts.
Brooke Lefler KGOU

Families, couples and groups of friends relax in tree shade on a wide lawn next to a flower garden in full bloom. They giggle and watch the antics of comedian and juggler Dan Raspyni. He reveals an axe with a top spike for his next trick, and some tough teens from the back of the crowd call out, “Is that real?”

“Yes!” says Raspyni. “To prove it, I will cut whoever said that. Now who said that?”

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Around the Nation
5:53 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Austin Holland, research seismologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, gestures to a chart of Oklahoma earthquakes in June 2014 as he talks about recent earthquake activity at his offices at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. The state had three times as many earthquakes as California last year.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 1:25 pm

A magnitude-3.0 earthquake is small, but most people can feel it. Historically, Oklahoma got less than two of those a year, but in 2013 it became two a week.

It's only gotten more active since then — last year, the state had three times as many earthquakes as in the entire seismically active state of California.

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