The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum sits unfinished at the crossroads of I–35 and I–40. Its financial history has had its ups and downs, but there may be still be a happy ending for the museum, thanks to two state senators, Clark Jolley and Kyle Loveless.
“In determining what to do with the American Indian Cultural Center, we had several challenges,” Loveless said. “One, the tight budget year. Two, the house's insistence on no further indebtedness through bond packaging.”
A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City who has been a longtime liberal voice in the upper chamber says she's forming an exploratory committee for a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.
Sen. Connie Johnson says she's had a number of conversations about a U.S. Senate bid and that fellow Oklahomans have "responded positively." Johnson said she will announce her decision early next month. She would have to give up her state Senate seat in order to run.
Media across the world have expressed outrage and concern over violence in Ukraine. University of Oklahoma political scientist Paul Goode says competing narratives in the Western and Russian press don’t accurately capture what has been happening on the ground not just in Kiev, but throughout all of Ukraine.
“The Western media is very captured by the notion that this is a protest between Ukraine leaning towards Russia or leaning towards the EU,” Goode says. “It sort of fits within this Cold War-trope that has been persistent for the last 20 years.”
Listen to M. Scott Carter talk about how he first became interested in construction standards at two Oklahoma elementary schools destroyed by the May 20, 2013 Moore, Okla. tornado.
Friday’s edition of The Journal Record reveals improper construction and violation of building codes led to the destruction of two Moore, Okla. elementary schools when a tornado hit May 20, 2013.
KGOU’s Kurt Gwartney talked with the reporter, M. Scott Carter, who obtained a soon-to-be released report showing a shocking lack of standard building practices in both Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools.
Detailed in a soon-to-be-released report for the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute, an analysis of the debris of the Briarwood Elementary School showed that several of the building’s steel roof beams were not attached to the walls, many of Briarwood’s cinder-block walls were not properly reinforced with steel rebar and large portions of the walls were not backfilled with concrete.
When the storm came, seven students in the Plaza Towers third-grade center sheltered in the hall. At Briarwood, the students and teachers thought the school building would protect them. Then the tornado hit, and the schools fell. Instead of offering protection on May 20, 2013, Plaza Towers became a deathtrap, Briarwood a pile of rubble.
An Oklahoma Senate panel has approved legislation that bans cell phone use in school zones across the state.
The Senate Public Safety Committee passed the measure on Thursday and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.
The measure makes it illegal for anyone operating a motor vehicle to use a wireless communications device in a school zone. The bill does not apply to vehicles that are stopped, drivers who are using hands free devices or specifically-listed emergency calls. The bill is similar to existing laws in Arkansas and Texas.
Horizontal drilling has revolutionized the energy industry, and helped unlock oil and gas trapped in tight shale formations that had, for decades, eluded petroleum producers.
But Oklahoma’s oil and gas rules were established when traditional, vertical drilling was the norm. Balancing the regulatory needs of horizontal drillers and vertical drillers — especially those producing in the same formation — can be tricky.