Politics and Government
12:16 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Coffee Chosen As General Counsel For State Chamber

Glenn Coffee
Credit Oklahoma Secretary of State

Former Secretary of State Glenn Coffee has been named the new general counsel for the State Chamber of Oklahoma. 

The chamber said Wednesday that Coffee's legal and legislative background make him a good fit for the position. As general counsel, he will provide legal advice for the chamber and serve as a member of its board of directors.

The group lobbies for pro-business reforms and initiatives throughout the state.

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OneSix8
10:57 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Homegrown Heroes

A'Mari Jo Rocheleau stars as Dotty in Carpenter Square Theatre's production of "Out of Sterno."
Credit Carpenter Square Theatre

There’s no place like home for the events featured on this week’s OneSix8. 

Carpenter Square Theatre’s rendition of “Out of Sterno” closes this weekend. Deborah Zoe Laufer’s wacky comedy follows the extremely likable Dotty who lives in the town of Sterno. And when I say she lives there, I mean she never leaves.

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Housing
10:30 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Goodwill Gets Federal Grant To Help Veteran Families

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding a $1.4 million grant to Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma.

The grant announced Tuesday is to be used to provide support services to very low-income military veteran families living in or transitioning into permanent housing.

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Environment
9:16 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Oklahoma AG Joins EPA Suit For Documents

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the attorney generals of 11 other states have filed a lawsuit seeking documents involving the Environmental Protection Agency's legal strategy with environmental groups.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:48 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tulsa Plans To Ask Voters To Approve Never-Ending Sales Tax Hike

Lions sun themselves at the Tulsa Zoo. Included in the proposal is $8 million to construct a new big cat exhibit at the Tulsa Zoo.
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Public meetings on the recently approved draft of what would be Tulsa’s biggest ever capital improvement initiative continue through August. The list of potential projects range from widening streets and repairing bridges to replacing city pools with aquatic centers and building new zoo exhibits.

But paying the nearly $1 billion price tag is forcing Tulsa to get creative, as the Tulsa World‘s Zack Stoycoff reports:

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Jenna Dooley has spent her professional career in public radio. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois - Springfield. She returns to Northern Public Radio in DeKalb after several years hosting Morning Edition at WUIS-FM in Springfield.  For 2012, she was named "Newsfinder of the Year" by the Illinois Associated Press. She is not afraid to brag at parties that she has met Carl Kasell, Ira Glass, and Garrison Keillor (and has pictures to prove it). She and her husband live in Aurora.

Politics and Government
6:17 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

House Dems Say GOP Should Work For Free

House Seal

Any special session of the legislature called by the governor to reconsider tort reform should not come at taxpayer expense, said House Democrats Tuesday. Instead, legislators should work for free if a special session is convened after passing a bill they knew to be unconstitutional. 

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Education
6:13 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

UCO Program Helps Those That Fell Through The Cracks

The University of Central Oklahoma celebrated a milestone this month for its Operation Degree Completion program by assisting more than 1,000 students in completing their college degree goals.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:49 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Booming Enid Needs At Least 600 New Homes Within the Next Two Years

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Enid is growing. It’s population is on the rise thanks to the oil and gas industry, and its importance as an agricultural center. In fact, the city is expected to add 1,700 more jobs over the next two years. All good news, right?

Except there’s really no place for new residents to live. Enid has been experiencing a housing shortage since 2008, when, as The Journal Record‘s Molly M. Fleming reports, more than 100 homes were built in Garfield County:

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Newspapers
1:12 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Tulsa World Trimming Staff

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The Tulsa World says it's cutting 50 jobs as it restructures under its new ownership in BH Media Group.

Publisher Bill Masterson announced the cuts Monday. Twelve positions were eliminated immediately in the administrative, information technology and production departments, while the remaining cuts will occur over the next several months.

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