Syrian refguees arrive on the Mediterranean coast, Sept. 2015.
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Catholic Charities Director: Refugee Process One Of Hardest Ways To Come To U.S.

Last week, the U.S. House passed a bill to halt a program that brings Syrian refugees to the United States. The vote came less than a week after the ISIS attack in Paris that left over one hundred people dead. Oklahoma has a long history of taking in refugees. Notably, Vietnamese refugees settled in Oklahoma City in the mid-1970s. Now, many Burmese refugees of the ethnic Zomi minority are establishing themselves in both Oklahoma City and the Tulsa area. Three Syrian refugees have settled in...
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From left, Oklahoma Corporation Commission members Todd Hiett, Dana Murphy and Bob Anthony hear arguments in the Jim Thorpe Building in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to determine whether the agency should reopen a two-decade-old telephone rate case.
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On Tuesday the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is delayed a decision to reopen a 25-year-old telecommunications rate case

In 1989, the commission voted 2-1 to allow then-Southwestern Bell (what’s now AT&T) to invest $30 million dollars in infrastructure instead of offering customers a refund.

Tobacco Use Reaches New Low In Oklahoma

Nov 3, 2015
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The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced Tuesday that the smoking rate among adults has reached a new low.

According to a  press release, the number of adult smokers dropped by almost 78,000 between 2013 and 2014. The 19 percent decrease in the last four years has moved Oklahoma’s ranking from forty-seventh in the nation to fortieth.

Adrienne Rollins, OSDH tobacco use prevention manager, said the decrease shows Oklahoma’s success in prevention and protection against smoking and helping people quit.

In response to NPR's investigation into once-classified U.S. military experiments with mustard gas, we've been hearing from people who learned about their loved ones' experiences in the testing.

A disposal well in Northern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Environmental groups are threatening to file a federal lawsuit against four Oklahoma energy companies over earthquakes linked to oil and gas activity.

Scientists say the industry practice of pumping oil and gas waste fluid underground is likely responsible for Oklahoma’s earthquake boom.

Attorney Don Knight on the phone with Richard Glossip outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Friends and family of Richard Glossip gather around a cell phone outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester on September 30, straining to listen to the death row inmate’s voice over a tinny speaker. As soon as the connection is made, Glossip is cut off by an automated voice.

“Your call cannot be connected at this time…”


The crowd lets out a disappointed groan.

Students at Colorado State University care for plants in a greenhouse on campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Colorado State University Photography

Close to 60,000 jobs are set to open up in agriculture, food and natural resource sectors each year for the next five years, according to a report from Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The American agriculture industry has a problem though; there are not enough grads to fill them. The report projects about two open jobs for every qualified graduate. That’s left the USDA, land grant universities and private industry scrambling to try and bridge the gap.

Penny Hike Would Make Oklahoma Number 1 In Sales Taxes

Oct 31, 2015
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

A proposed penny sales tax increase for education would push Oklahoma to the top of list of states with the highest combined state and local sales taxes, according to data from a national research group.

It also would elevate Tulsa and Oklahoma City to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, among major cities with the highest combined sales taxes, trailing only Chicago and Seattle, the Tax Foundation said.

The Al-Faisaliah Tower in downtown Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed Al-Deghaishim / United Nations Information Centres

Falling oil prices and continued instability in the Middle East will continue to deplete liquid financial assets in the region’s oil exporters, according to the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF released its Middle East economic outlook report earlier this month, which indicates that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of oil, could run out of cash reserves in five years unless crude prices rebound.

Leslie Woodward (right) and Velma Šarić (middle) interview a man as part of their work with the Post-Conflict Research Center.
Velija Hasanbegović / Post-Conflict Research Center

Throughout the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina was no stranger to genocide and war. Divided by three major ethic groups, tension is still palpable two decades later.

Oklahoma City native Leslie Woodward, the founder and project director of the Post-Conflict Research Center, uses positive storytelling through multimedia as a peace-building strategy for the region.

Midtown Plaza Court
Kool Cats Photography / Wikimedia Commons

Back in June, the Oklahoma City Council voted to annex Midtown into the Downtown business improvement district, or BID.

The marketing, street furnishing, and the maintenance of the neighborhood will be overseen by the civic and development group Downtown Oklahoma City, Incorporated.