News

Pages

StateImpact Oklahoma
12:32 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Anadarko’s $5 Billion Environmental Settlement: Four Things Okies Should Know

A Kerr-McGee service station and refinery in Wynnewood, photographed in 1974.
Credit Kerr-McGee Corporation Collection / Oklahoma Historical Society

Anadarko Petroleum on Thursday agreed to pay more than $5 billion for an immense environmental cleanup that includes U.S. sites contaminated by nuclear fuel, rocket fuel waste and wood creosote.

The case was brought by a trust representing the U.S. government, 11 states, Indian tribes and individuals affected by the contamination, and sought funds for cleanups at 2,700 sites in 47 states.

Read more
Earthquake
12:04 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Earthquake Shakes Central Oklahoma Monday Morning

Magnitude 2.0 and greater Oklahoma earthquakes from 1990-2014.
Credit EQ Charts

The Oklahoma Geological Survey says a 4.4 magnitude earthquake has rocked central Oklahoma.

The quake struck shortly after 11 a.m. Monday and was centered near Langston. It was felt widely through the central part of the state, including Oklahoma City. There are no immediate reports of damage.

Austin Holland with the Oklahoma Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary depth of 3 miles.

The U.S. Geological Survey, however, reported that the quake had a 4.0 magnitude. Quake magnitudes are often revised after data is reviewed.

Read more
Transportation
9:06 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Roads Or Schools? Oklahoma Transportation Commission Gets Ready For Less Money

Credit Oklahoma Department of Transportation

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission is set to meet and plans to discuss proposed state funding changes that have been passed by a state Senate committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted 20-3 for a bill that would divert hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue from transportation directly to public schools in Oklahoma during the next several years.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

Read more
Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Take Shelter Oklahoma Vs. AG Scott Pruitt Results In "Mixed Bag" Ruling

Credit benchilada / Flickr Creative Commons

About a month ago, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court heard the case of Take Shelter Oklahoma vs. Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

The school shelter advocacy group filed suit against Pruitt, claiming he tried to sabotage their effort to put a $500 million bond issue on an upcoming ballot. 

The high court ruled last week, and the decision seemed to be a compromise, but not everyone was happy. 

Read more
Manager's Desk
9:25 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Thank You For A Fantastic Spring Membership Drive!

Strength in Numbers
Credit Procsilas Moscas / flickr.com/photos/procsilas/

Thank you to the 1,200 or so folks of the audience who became members during the Spring 2014 membership drive. About 250 people became new members! The total for the 7 day event was past goal and totaled nearly $177,350. 

As you might imagine, for the staff of KGOU, the experience of the membership drive is both exhausting and exhilarating. The exhausting part is easy to understand.  The exhilarating part is seeing the names of members set before us from the phone volunteers and staff who process the information.  

Read more
Manager's Desk
8:49 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Krista Tippett Coming To Oklahoma City On April 8

Krista Tippett delivers a TEDTalk at the United Nations TED conference on Charter for Compassion.
Credit Krista Tippett "On Being" / Flickr Creative Commons

I have an invitation for you to meet Krista Tippett, host of the very popular program, “On Being.”

Krista Tippett will be here as a guest of KGOU for a free, public lecture on "The Adventure of Civility" and her presentation will allow for audience questions. Her topic is a reflection on the learnings of the Civil Conversations Project.  Krista will offer courage and practical guidance for creating hospitable spaces in communities and families.

Read more
Indian Times
8:42 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Spring Heritage Celebration Day Salutes Native Presence At The University of Oklahoma

Credit Susan Shannon

The sounds of Native American flute music wafted over the South Oval at the University of Oklahoma last week as the Spring Heritage Celebration Day opening ceremonies began. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the OU Spring Contest Powwow, making it the oldest university powwow in the nation.

Read more
Patrice Douglas Announced Candidacy In January
6:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

GOP Candidate Raises $400,000 In First Quarter

Credit Oklahoma Corporation Commission

A Republican candidate for Oklahoma's open 5th Congressional District seat says she's raised more than $400,000 since announcing her candidacy in January.

Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas announced in a press release Friday that she topped the fundraising mark during the quarter that ended on March 31. Campaign finance reports aren't due until April 15.

Read more
Dept. of Wildlife said not uncommon
4:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Dead Birds Rattle Norman Residents

Credit Dave Gingrich / Flickr.com

Birds were seen falling dead out of the sky in Norman, alarming some residents, though state wildlife officials say there's no cause for concern.

According to Oklahoma City television station KWTV, a homeowner near Highway 9 and Interstate 35 found more than a dozen birds in her yard Thursday.

Becki Miller of Norman said she heard a thump and noticed a bird had just fallen. Over the course of 24 hours, she observed at least a dozen birds drop dead in her yard, and worried the birds had been poisoned or were diseased.

Read more
World Views
12:02 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

New York Times Correspondent On President Obama's Playbook For Foreign Confrontation

Credit Pete Souza / The White House

President Obama touts diplomacy as a characterizing trait of his administration, but his actions reveal a mix of diplomatic persuasion and the coercive use of force.

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger says President Obama prioritizes minimizing global conflict, but the president’s increased-yet-subtle application of force contrasts the previous administration’s foreign policy decisions.

Read more

Pages