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.
Credit Angela Severn / Flickr Creative Commons

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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May 2013 Tornadoes
12:56 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Oklahoma City Adds Debris Cleanup Crews

Debris still litters parts of Oklahoma, almost two months after tornadoes hit the state.
Credit Defense Imagery / Wikimedia Creative Commons

The City of Oklahoma City is releasing more contracted crews to help clean up debris left behind from the tornadoes that tore through the state in May. 

Residents are asked to divide debris into three piles, all of which will be collected by separate crews. Those piles include storm debris, normal bulky waste, and hazardous materials. Collection begins July 22.  

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Politics and Government
12:01 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Fallin Rearranges Cabinet, Names Two New Secretaries

Robert Sommers will become Secretary of Education and Workforce Development under Gov. Fallin's new cabinet arrangement.
Credit Governor Mary Fallin's Office

Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed two new officials to her cabinet and restructured the posts to add a tourism position and consolidate two others. 

Fallin on Tuesday named Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education Director Robert Sommers to the newly created cabinet position of Secretary of Education and Workforce Development.

The governor also appointed the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department's Executive Director Deby Snodgrass to the new position of Secretary of Tourism.

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World Views
11:57 am
Tue July 16, 2013

How Women Found A Place At The Table In Conflict Resolution And Peace-Building

United Nations Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet addresses a meeting of the UN Security Council marking the 10th anniversary of Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security - October 26, 2010.
Credit Devra Berkowitz / UN Photo

Listen to Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini's conversation with Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise.

In 2000, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution requiring states and non-state actors settling conflicts to consider and respect women’s rights, and include women in the negotiating process.

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini helped draft UN Security Council Resolution 1325. She’s the co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and the author of Women Building Peace: What They Do, Why They Matter.

“Because [women] are in civil society, they’re often not related to political parties or military parties,” Naraghi-Anderlini says. “But they want to have a voice because they’re taking responsibility when others are talking about power. So it’s kind of that duality of power and responsibility, saying ‘We have a voice as well, and we have needs, and we have solutions to bring to the table.’”

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