released joint statement today
4:59 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Two School Groups Declare No Confidence In Janet Barresi

Credit Tod Binger / Flickr Creative Commons

The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi.

The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools Association released a joint statement Thursday declaring "no confidence" in Barresi.

A Barresi spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Lexington-Purcell Bridge Update
12:47 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

SBA Loans Denied, But Repairs Ahead Of Schedule

Workers repair the structure of the James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River along U.S. 77/SH39 in March 2014.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation

Gov. Mary Fallin says she is disappointed the U.S. Small Business Administration denied her request for loans that would help two Oklahoma towns affected by an emergency bridge closure.

Fallin said Thursday the denial was based on the fact that the January 31 bridge closure does not meet the definition of a disaster declaration.

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This is KGOU
9:35 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Oklahoma Public Media's Tornado Coverage Honored With National Journalism Award

The aftermath of the May 20, 2013 tornado in Moore, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

On Wednesday, the Society of Professional Journalists honored KGOU, KOSU, and StateImpact Oklahoma with a national Sigma Delta Chi award for collaborative coverage during the immediate aftermath of the May 20, 2013 tornado that devastated Moore.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:35 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Red Tape, Not Rules, Used To Manage Disposal Wells In Oklahoma's Earthquake Country

Rig crews in Oklahoma City fracking a well.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

As earthquakes continue to shake the state and researchers study links to drilling, Oklahoma’s oil and gas regulator has changed the way it approves permits for injection wells.

Oil and water have long mixed in Oklahoma and other petroleum states. In the early days of the U.S. oil boom, drillers were focused on finding ways to separate water from the oil they were pumping to the surface.

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OneSix8
8:03 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With An Entrepreneurship Symposium, And Easter Events

Product innovation and design expert Paul Polak delivers the keynote lecture at the Social Entrepreneur Symposium 2014.
Credit Kris Krug / Flickr Creative Commons

The University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW) and the College of International Studies present the Social Entrepreneurship Symposium 2014.

The event brings together marketing experts, product designers and academics from across the state to discuss the role of design thinking in social entrepreneurship and in curricular initiatives at OU.

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Health
7:37 am
Thu April 17, 2014

House Approves Smoking Exception For Oklahoma Veterans Centers Until 2018

The Ardmore Veterans Center, located in the districts of the bill's authors, state Rep. Pat Ownbey and state Sen. Frank Simpson.
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Residents of Oklahoma's veterans' centers will be allowed to smoke on the property for a few more years under an agreement worked out between Gov. Mary Fallin, state lawmakers and the War Veterans Commission.

The House gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that would designate all state-operated veterans' centers as nonsmoking effective Jan. 1, but allow the centers to designate outdoor smoking areas for residents until Jan. 1, 2018.

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The Salt
6:20 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 12:48 pm

A group of scientists and food activists is launching a campaign Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.

It's inspired by the example of open source software, which is freely available for anyone to use but cannot legally be converted into anyone's proprietary product.

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Utah's arguments heard last week
5:24 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Challengers To The Oklahoma Gay Marriage Ban Head To Federal Appeals Court

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Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, and the clerk who refused to grant them a license, are headed to a federal appeals court with a rare opportunity.

Judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments last week about Utah's gay-marriage ban, and will take up the Oklahoma case Thursday.

That gave the Oklahoma legal teams on both sides a chance to fine-tune their arguments based on what they heard last week.

Attorneys defending the ban say they were encouraged by the judges' tough questions.

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Cruz and Palin to appear at Tulsa rally
5:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cruz And Palin Endorse T.W. Shannon

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Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is touting the endorsement of Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in Shannon's race for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

Shannon campaign consultant Trebor Worthen told The Associated Press Wednesday that Cruz has endorsed Shannon and is set to appear at a rally in Tulsa along with former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

Palin and Lee endorsed Shannon previously.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:57 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Oklahoma's Largest Water Loan Goes To Norman To Fix Stressed, Stinky Treatment Plant

A water tower in Norman, Okla.
Credit MELISSA MEGGINSON / FLICKR

The Oklahoma Water Resources Board uses the state’s good credit to secure loans for communities and rural water districts that need help paying for expensive upgrades to their water systems.

And at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, the board approved a $50.3 million loan to Norman in what Joe Freeman, chief of OWRB’s financial assistance division, calls the “largest single loan request” it’s ever acted on.

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