Chesapeake
7:56 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Reporter’s Notebook: Update On OKC’s Chesapeake Energy

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The chief executive of Chesapeake Energy Inc. says he expects the company to grow in the future, despite the fact that it gave pink slips to 800 employees Oct. 8.

Journal-Record energy reporter Sarah Terry-Cobo provides an overview of developments and where the company is headed.

Terry-Cobo says the situation with Chesapeake is unique, and similar layoff should not be expected by other Oklahoma City energy companies.

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Politics and Government
7:32 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ex-Oklahoma Lawmaker To Be Tried On Bribery Charge

Former State Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A former Oklahoma lawmaker charged with bribery is scheduled to go to trial almost three years after the felony charge was filed by anOklahoma County prosecutor.

Jury selection for former Republican Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore is to begin Monday. Prosecutors say Terrill offered to set up former Democratic Sen. Debbe Leftwich ofOklahoma City in a state job in exchange for promising not to seek re-election so a Republican colleague of Terrill's could run for her open seat.

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Manager's Desk
12:18 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Thank You for the Successful Fall Membership Drive

Fireworks for a successful fall membership drive!
Credit Kevin Dooley

October 20, 2013

With enormous thanks to the listeners who became members of KGOU, this fall membership drive raised about $202,500 for the station's operations.  Over 1,200 members donated in the weeks before or during the drive and about 200 of them were new to membership.

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Edgar's radio debut came in second grade when he voiced a public service announcement urging drivers to watch out for "him and his friends" walking to and from school. Given the signal strength of WMBT radio in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and the population density of his native Schuylkill County, it's possible that someone other than his parents heard it. 

Indian Times
7:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Star Wars As You Never Heard It Before...In Navajo

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Star Wars is one of those iconic movies that left its mark on the pop culture…Native Americans are often left out of the popular zeitgeist, so to encourage more interest in native languages the Navajo Nation took this movie and made it their own. And now its coming to a theater near you.

The movie will have its Oklahoma debut at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman on October 27 at 7pm.

Daniel Swan, Curator of Ethnology at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, said the movie is entirely dubbed in Navajo.

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Co-founder of Chesapeake and SandRidge
6:19 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former CEO Starts New Energy Company

Tom Ward
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The former CEO of SandRidge Energy Inc. and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. has started a new Oklahoma City energy company.

The Oklahoman reports that Tom Ward's new company, Tapstone Energy LLC, has leased space in an office building downtown. Ward says the company has "a handful of employees" and is looking for more employees and oil and gas properties.

Ward says he is funding the new company himself for now, but that he might consider bringing on other investors.

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Parents May Not Meet Income Requirements
4:58 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Student Numbers In Oklahoma Promise Scholarship Program Declines

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Oklahoma officials say the number of students enrolling in the Oklahoma Promise scholarship program continues to decline.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education expect 18,300 students to enroll in the program during the 2014-2015 school year. According to The Oklahoman, that's a 5.2 decrease from the current year's enrollment.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:41 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Why The Greenhouse Gas Argument SCOTUS Will Hear Matters to Oklahoma

The Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review six petitions relating to the federal government’s regulation of greenhouse gasses.

But the high court consolidated the cases, and will only review a single question that pertains to all of them.

SCOTUSBlog’s Lyle Denniston reports:

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World Views
10:48 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NPR’s Kelly McEvers Drafts History, Documents Her Own Story In Syria

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews a U.S. soldier in the Middle East.
Glen Carey

Listen to the October 18, 2013 episode, with Suzette Grillot's conversation with NPR correspondent Kelly McEvers.

Kelly McEvers spent three years based in Baghdad and Beirut covering the Middle East for NPR. She started her assignment with instructions not to miss a day in Iraq as the 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal deadline approached.

“Then in late 2010, a guy set himself on fire in Tunisia, and everything changed,” McEvers told KGOU’s World Views host Suzette Grillot. “I was swept up with millions of other people in this thing called the Arab Spring.”

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