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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:12 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Why Oklahoma Drivers Will Pay 50 Cents More For CNG On Jan. 1

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People who drive natural gas powered vehicles aren’t used to pain at the pump, but a federal tax credit that expires at the end of 2013 will add at least 50 cents to the price of a gallon of compressed natural gas.

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10:28 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Oklahoma Fails To Make FAA Unmanned Aircraft Research Site List

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin had expressed hope that Oklahoma would become a center for drone research. But the Federal Aviation Administration selected locations in Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, Virginia Tech, New York and Corpus Christi.
RT @flightlevel150: Merry Christmas to Pilots, ATCOs, Flight Attendants, Mechanics and all other aviation professionals who keep grinding t... Follow us on Twitter After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site operators across the country.
Oklahoma Voices
10:14 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Changing Demographics May Help Recovery Of Southern Democrats

Lloyd's new military map of the border & southern states from 1864.
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Listen to three experts in southern politics discuss the region's political past and future.
Scott Buchanan discusses the politics of the southern U.S. and its role in national elections during fall event sponsored by the Oklahoma Political Science Association.

Three political scientists who study the politics of southern states in the U.S. say shifts in population from rural areas to urban centers could help Democrats win more elections.

Scott Buchanan of the Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics says there is evidence the move is already taking place in Florida and Virginia.

Buchanan also says the coast of South Carolina is seeing an influx of immigration from other states, changing the politics of the area.

The Democrats lost the south, in part, because they failed to develop their party, according to the University of Georgia’s Charles S. Bullock III. He says they took their dominance for granted and did not develop candidates in the face of a rising GOP presence.

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Corrections
7:45 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Special Report: How Actions By Gov.'s Staff Led To Weakened Oklahoma Justice Reforms

Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism on important public-policy issues facing the state. More Oklahoma Watch content can be found at www.oklahomawatch.org.

Oklahoma Watch reporter Clifton Adcock talks with KGOU about his investigation into efforts to weaken changes in state policy intended to reduce Oklahoma's high incarceration rates.

Behind-the-scenes moves by Gov. Mary Fallin’s senior staff members helped lead to a severe weakening of a program designed to cut the state’s high incarceration rates and save taxpayers more than $200 million over a decade, according to interviews and records obtained by Oklahoma Watch.

The efforts by the governor’s staff, assisted by legislative leaders, to take control of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative took place during periods when staff members met with representatives of private prison companies, which stood to gain or lose depending on how the initiative was implemented, emails and logs of visitors to Fallin’s offices show.

During that time, private-prison company representatives also made donations to Fallin’s 2014 campaign as well as to legislators, Oklahoma Ethics Commission records indicate.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Happy New Year!

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Dec. 29, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I don’t know about you, but this past year has flown by. I just learned the habit of saying "twenty-thirteen." But we are looking forward to 2014. 

Jan. 1 is KGOU’s anniversary, and we are marking 31 years of public radio service. KGOU’s longevity is a combination of constant support from the University of Oklahoma, the constant availability of the annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the constant support from KGOU listeners. And that support has enabled KGOU to grow. 

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Indian Times
4:23 pm
Sat December 28, 2013

2013 Year End Review For Oklahoma's Indian Country

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This week on Indian Times, we look back at 2013... lucky for some, not so lucky for others.

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State Capitol
5:39 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Brogdon Faces New Challenges In Oklahoma Governor's Race

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A conservative Republican state senator who rode a tea party wave four years ago that nearly landed him in a primary runoff with Gov. Mary Fallin will face some added challenges in 2014, including dampened tea party enthusiasm and a popular incumbent governor.

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Sports
3:14 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Thunder's Westbrook Out Until After All-Star Break

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.
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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and won't return until after the All-Star break.

General manager Sam Presti says in a statement Friday that Westbrook has been playing pain free, but "recently had experienced increased swelling" in his right knee.

Presti says the team consulted with a surgeon in Los Angeles and an MRI determined there was "an area of concern that had not previously existed."

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Prisons
7:45 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Fallin Attorney Says Prison Staffing Is Not A Problem For Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
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Despite a recent report that Oklahoma's ratio of prison guards to offenders is among the worst in the nation, Governor Mary Fallin's top attorney says he doesn't believe safety is being compromised at the state's prisons.

Fallin's general counsel Steve Mullins said Thursday he meets regularly with the interim director of the Department of Correction and is not concerned there is a problem with staffing at the state's prisons.

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Fills Vacancies On Council
6:15 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Fallin Makes Appointments To Science And Tech Council

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Gov. Mary Fallin has named four new members to a council that works to grow the science and technology industries in the state.

Each of the new members to the Governor's Science and Technology Council are filling a vacancy on the 18-person council.

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