Gov. Mary Fallin meets with a worker at a July 2015 event commemorating Oklahoma Gas & Electric's new solar farm in Oklahoma City.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Why Solar Energy Is Growing Slowly In Oklahoma

Oklahoma is synonymous with energy. It’s a major oil and gas state and one of the country’s leaders in wind power. But Oklahoma has been slow on solar energy, and experts say that’s because of state policy — not the sun. SOLAR ‘SCIENCE EXPERIMENT’ Lawmakers, local business and community leaders, and workers in hardhats on July 27 gathered beneath a tent to celebrate the opening of a new solar power project in west Oklahoma City. The guest of honor, Gov. Mary Fallin, arrived in an electric...
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Lance Cpl. Jeffrey A. Cosola / United States Marine Corps

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell has inserted language into the National Defense Authorization Act that would award the Purple Heart to six service members who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.

The two soldiers, two airmen and two Marines were working as recruiters in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.

Tulsa native Olivia Jordan, who was crowned Miss USA Juloy 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge.
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Tulsa native and Bishop Kelley High School alumna Olivia Jordan won the 2015 Miss USA pageant Sunday evening in Baton Rouge.

During the interview portion of the contest, she hailed the diversity of her fellow contestants and spoke about the need for more dialogue on race relations.

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Some Oklahoma Democrats appear to be moving closer to allowing independents to vote in the party's primary elections.

The Tulsa World reports a majority of local Democrats favored the idea during a meeting on Friday.

Most of those attending said they were delegates to the state party convention July 25 in Oklahoma City, where the proposal will be voted on.

KGOU Is Everywhere!

Jul 12, 2015
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July 12, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

Every once in a while I like to look at the number of communities and zip codes of our members.  We have over three thousand members from two hundred zip codes within Oklahoma.

There are KGOU listeners from Woodward, Shattuck, Gage, and Buffalo, members who listen in Ada, Seminole, Earlsboro, and Holdenville.  There listeners from Chickasha and Verden.  And I have to say there are some members so far away that they must be listening to the online audio stream.

Oklahomans who purchase health insurance policies next year from the leadinginsurer in the Affordable Care Act marketplace could face unsubsidized rate increases averaging 31 percent, Oklahoma Watch data research shows.

That’s how much Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma has asked the federal government to approve, on average, for all of its “Obamacare”-compliant individual health policies in 2016, according to an actuarial memo filed by the insurer.The proposal doesn’t apply to policies offered through employers.

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Oklahoma’s Parent Teacher Association voted Friday to boycott all non-federally mandated tests in an attempt to pressure lawmakers to cut back the number of high-stakes tests students take.

The boycott targets the state’s controversial writing tests, history and geography tests and any end-of-instruction tests not needed to graduate, but would not affect most math, English and science tests.

Oklahoma PTA President Jeffery Corbett said the resolution shows parents believe it's time to end standardized testing.

Oil-field workers in November 2014 tending to American Energy-Woodford's Judge South well near Perkins, Okla., shortly after the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ordered it temporarily shut-in.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

In November 2011, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck near Prague, Okla., causing significant damage and injuring two people. Right away, the possibility that the disposal of wastewater by injecting it deep into the earth — part of the hydraulic fracturing process — was to blame came up.

A painting on the walls of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran
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In 1980, the United States broke diplomatic relations with Iran after 52 American citizens were taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Since then, the relationship between the United States and Iran has been hostile.

A worker at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial in Bosnia and Herzegovina - July 3, 2015
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On July 11, 1995, Serbian forces killed roughly 8,000 Bosniak Muslims in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. The massacre in Srebrenica – the only act of genocide on European soil to be officially recognized by an International Criminal Tribunal since World War II – occurred in a designated United Nations “safe area” under the protection of Dutch peacekeeping forces, highlighting the consequences of inaction by the international community during humanitarian crises.

So how did the tragedy in Srebrenica change how the international community responds to major humanitarian crises?

President Obama speaking in Cushing, Oklahoma in March 2012.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

President Obama plans to visit Oklahoma to discuss expanding economic opportunities in Indian Country, and make the first visit to a federal prison by a sitting chief executive.

White House spokesman Keith Maley said in an email the president will arrive in Oklahoma Wednesday, July 15 and travel to Durant, where he'll visit the Choctaw Nation. He'll stay overnight before traveling to the El Reno Correctional Institution.

The medium-security facility for male offenders houses about 1,300 inmates and once housed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

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