StateImpact Oklahoma
11:58 am
Thu March 13, 2014

As Wind Energy Moves Into Eastern Oklahoma, Resistance Turns Political

Joe Bush, owner of a ranch near Shidler, Okla., has signed agreements to lease land for two wind farms. Bush worries a 2014 bill that would impose a moratorium on some wind-energy projects would prevent the wind farms from being built.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is one of the country’s top wind-energy producers, and companies want to build more turbines across the state.

For many landowners, wind farms can be a financial windfall. But as wind energy moves into regions unaccustomed to turbines, opponents have taken the fight to the state Capitol.

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OneSix8
9:35 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With St. Patrick’s Day Downtown And Spring Break

St. Patrick's Day in OKC.
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Oklahoma City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place Saturday, March 15th.  The procession begins at the intersection of Reno and Hudson Avenues downtown at 11 a.m. before making its way east toward the Bricktown Ballpark.

Thousands of Oklahomans are expected to attend the parade that features more than 80 combined entries that include floats, animals and antique cars.

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Business
9:08 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Overtime Pay Proposal Triggers A New Debate About Wages

Economists are divided about the White House plan to boost overtime pay for workers.
Doug Finger Gainesville Sun/Landov

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 1:56 pm

On Thursday, President Obama rolled out his plan for strengthening overtime pay protections for millions of workers. In his view, if more workers got fatter paychecks, they could spend more and stimulate the economy.

But if his critics are right, then employers would end up laying off workers to make up for the higher wage costs. And that would hurt the already painfully slow recovery.

Which scenario is right?

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Veterans
9:04 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Claremore Veterans Center Deaths Case Headed For Trial

The Claremore Veterans Center
Credit ok.gov/odva / Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

A former physician assistant has been bound over for trial for the deaths of two residents at the Claremore Veterans Center.

Kenneth Adams was bound over Tuesday on charges of second-degree murder and two counts of caretaker neglect for the deaths of 86-year-old Louis Arterberry and 85-year-old Jay Minter. Prosecutors accused Adams of neglecting his medical duties, leading to the residents' deaths.

At a preliminary hearing, prosecutors called five witnesses, including employees of the Claremore Veterans Center.

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8:10 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Chesapeake Energy’s $5 Billion Shuffle

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When Chesapeake Energy, one of the nation's largest oil and gas companies, was facing a financial crisis at the end of 2011, it managed to execute an adroit escape -- raising nearly $5 billion by gouging rural landowners out of royalty payments they were supposed to receive in exchange for allowing the company to drill for natural gas on their property, ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports.
In his new investigation, ProPublica's Abraham Lustgarten explains that drilling companies like Chesapeake can levy any fees they want for moving gas through gathering lines to the nation's interstate pipelines. Chesapeake took full advantage of this by selling a significant portion of its local pipelines system to Access Midstream, a newly formed company that evolved out of Chesapeake itself, for $4.76 billion in much-needed cash.
Parallels
6:39 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

NPR's Jackie Northam on the Maersk McKinney Moller, a new container megaship that can carry about double what many other big cargo ships can carry. It's 20 stories high and four football fields long.
Jackie Northam NPR

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 9:17 am

I started my journey at the famed Gdansk Shipyard, home of Poland's solidarity movement in the 1980s. It was nearly midnight when I arrived and saw for the first time the Maersk McKinney Moller, the world's largest container ship.

I simply wasn't prepared for just how massive it is. The whole ship really can't be taken in, even standing at a distance, so I gave my neck a good stretch by scanning this behemoth end to end, and up and down.

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Broke A Gag Order
6:16 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Teenager's Lawyers Charged With Contempt Of Court

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Two lawyers for a teenager charged with murder in the death of an Australian baseball player in Oklahoma have been charged with contempt of court.

Howard Berry and Jim Berry pleaded not guilty to contempt of court charges shortly after a judge found that there was sufficient evidence for their client, 16-year-old Chancey Luna, to stand trial. Luna has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane. Lane, who was from Melbourne, Australia, was gunned down as he jogged near his girlfriend's parents' home in Duncan.

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SXSW
4:11 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Live Tonight: Damon Albarn, St. Vincent From SXSW 2014

Credit NPR Music

NPR Music returns to Austin with a star-studded SXSW showcase, featuring Damon Albarn, St. Vincent, and Kelis, plus emerging rock band Eagulls and more. Watch the live webcast tonight, starting at 8:50 p.m. ET.

Watch the webcast here>

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Palin calls Shannon "underdog"
4:11 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Sarah Palin Gives Facebook Endorsement To T.W. Shannon

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Sarah Palin is endorsing former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Lawton in his race for the U.S. Senate.

The GOP's 2008 vice presidential nominee posted her endorsement of Shannon Wednesday on her official Facebook page.

In the post, Palin described Shannon as an underdog who has overcome diversity to become a "dynamic young conservative leader."

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World Views
2:48 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

On African Heritage, Activist Intellectual Says Knowledge Is Nothing Without Action

Molefi Kete Asante
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Molefi Kete Asante.

Born and raised in Georgia’s most rural county, Molefi Kete Asante’s path has led him on a quest to discover the roots of African Americans and African people. He is now recognized as one of the foremost contemporary African American scholars. 

Asante’s story begins with his name.

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