Weather and Climate
6:52 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Need Help With Paying Your Cooling Bills?

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will soon begin  taking applications to help low-income households pay their cooling bills this  summer. The agency announced it would begin taking applications Tuesday.

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Sports
6:45 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Making Coaching a Science? OSU Says Yes.

Oklahoma State University is offering a new minor  study in coaching science.    The new 18-hour minor program is open to students in any program who are  interested in coaching.    

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OKC Boulevard
3:44 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

OKC Boulevard Still Work In Progress

This artist rendering shows development along the proposed Oklahoma City Boulevard as part of the I-40 re-alignment.
Credit City of Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation continues to seek public input on the future development of the Oklahoma City Boulevard. The new street is part of the re-alignment of Interstate 40 near downtown.

Many residents expressed concern over early versions of the boulevard during a series of public meetings on the proposal, which included a longer elevated portion of the roadway.

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Phone: 307-766-5086

Email: wbelden@uwyo.edu 

Water
1:57 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

State and Tribes Still Wrestling Over Water Rights in Oklahoma

Sardis Lake
Credit Olliehigh / Flickr Creative Commons

While the State of Oklahoma won the Supreme Court Water War with Texas, its in-state skirmish is still simmering.

This battle — between the state and the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations — is being waged within Oklahoma’s borders. But unlike the Red River water dispute, reports from the front lines of Oklahoma’s tribal water war are sketchy and scarce. The Associated Press’ Tim Talley explains news drought:

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Budget Cuts
12:46 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Budget Cuts Force Slow Downs

Credit Tinker Air Force Base

A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, comes this week for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defense Department. 

Officials worry that the Pentagon will be hit even harder by layoffs in 2014 if automatic budget cuts continue.

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Taxes
1:13 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Tax Commission Wants High Court To Overturn Ruling

Credit 401(K) 2013 / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Tax Commission says the state could lose as much as $450 million if a court ruling about a capital-gains tax deduction stands.

The Tulsa World reports the Tax Commission this week asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling or prevent the ruling from being applied retroactively.

In January, the Court of Civil Appeals said a state law was unconstitutional. That law treats capital gains tax deductions of Oklahoma-based companies differently from those of out-of-state companies.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:33 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Moore Officials Delay Vote on Upgrading Building Codes for Tornadoes

Civil engineer Tim Marshall says many of the homes destroyed by the May 20 Moore tornado were nailed to foundation slabs and weren't bolted down.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Moore City Council on Tuesday delayed a vote on an ordinance that would strengthen construction standards to help reduce damage from tornadoes.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun July 7, 2013

KGOU Wins Awards

July 7, 2013

This is from the Manager's Desk.   Last week I noted the passing of fiscal year 2013, and have another observation about KGOU’s success in the last twelve months.

During that time, KGOU received 62 awards for the work of our staff. 

KGOU’s students won 12 awards: 5 first-place, 5 second-place and 2 honorable mentions in state-wide and national competitions for their stories that were aired in Assignment Radio, which was produced by Meredith Everitt.

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