Missing Valedictorian
6:19 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Parents Of Missing Student Return From Ecuador

Banos, Ecuador
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An Oklahoma City couple has returned from Ecuador without their son, a class valedictorian possibly kidnapped while the family was in South America for a vacation.

The Oklahoma reported Wednesday that Chris and Randa Reiger recently returned to the state while the search for their son August goes on. Another son is back at school.

Ecuadoran authorities believe August Reiger was kidnapped because they have no other reasonable explanation for his disappearance. They say he would have been found by now if he had been lost or had fallen off a trail.

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Spartan College of Aeronautics
4:35 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Spartan Will Train Air Force So They Can Train Afghans

Cockpit
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A Tulsa air school has been awarded a $12 million Air Force contract to provide ground and flight training for operations in Afghanistan.

The Tulsa World reports that Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is getting the five-year contract.

Officials at the vocational training school say the contract will cover education on Cessna T182 and 208 aircraft. The school will also supply maintenance training on Beech King Air 350 aircrafts.

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State Capitol
12:38 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Fallin Names Michael McNutt As Press Secretary

Press Secretary Michael McNutt.
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Gov. Mary Fallin has named longtime state Capitol reporter Michael McNutt as her press secretary.

McNutt has worked almost 30 years for The Oklahoman, including eight years at the paper's Capitol Bureau. During that time he covered the office of governor, the House of Representatives, various state agencies and a number of political campaigns.

Before moving to the Capitol, McNutt served as The Oklahoman's assistant news editor and assistant city editor. He has also worked in the newspaper's Enid bureau and for newspapers in Enid and Rolla, Mo.

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Point-in-Time Homeless Count
11:35 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Oklahoma Homeless Count Dips Slightly

Credit Oklahoma Watch

Nearly 4,400 homeless Oklahomans were identified during the 2013 statewide count of homeless people, reflecting a slight decrease over two years ago, according to numbers released this week by state officials.

The statewide Point-in-time Homeless Count, which is conducted in January and mandated by the federal government every two years, seeks to identify each state’s homeless population. Some cities, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa, also do homeless counts in other years, but the statewide count is biennial.

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StateImpact Texas
8:42 am
Wed August 28, 2013

New Study Finds Another Link Between Drilling and Earthquakes

Cliff Frohlich of the University of Texas at Austin.
Credit Terrence Henry / StateImpact Texas

new study shows yet another link between oil and gas drilling and manmade earthquakes in Texas. The report, by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, says that a recent string of quakes in the Eagle Ford Shale formation of South Texas are mostly a result of oil and gas drilling.

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8:15 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Comparing State Taxes on Unconventional Oil and Gas Production

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State government's financial support of horizontal drilling is being questioned. What was once unique, is now commonplace. The Oklahoma Policy Institute and Headwater Econmics studied just where the state ranks in incentives provided to oil and gas companies.
Download the 2-page Major Findings Download the Full Study A new study from Headwater Economics, in conjunction with Oklahoma Policy Institute, finds that Oklahoma's taxes on unconventional production of oil and gas, or horizontal drilling, are among the nation's lowest and would remain relatively low even if the state eliminated the tax breaks currently benefiting horizontal drilling.

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.

In addition to his work on All Songs, Hilton produces NPR Music live concerts and festival coverage across the country, including live broadcasts and webcasts from the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals, South by Southwest and the Newport Folk Festival.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Hilton co-founded Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA.

Hilton lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students.

Dustin Dwyer is a reporter for a new project at Michigan Radio that will look at improving economic opportunities for low-income children. Previously, he worked as an online journalist for Changing Gears, as a freelance reporter and as Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Before he joined Michigan Radio, Dustin interned at NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote freelance stories for The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and completed a Reporting & Writing Fellowship at the Poynter Institute.

Health Care for Working Families
6:28 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Town Hall Meeting To Explain Health Care Options

Anastasia Pittman (D-Oklahoma City)
Credit Oklahoma State House of Representatives

The chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, Anastasia Pittman, announced today in a press release that a “Health Care for Working Families” town hall meeting will take place September 3rd.

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New Hospital Under Construction
4:14 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Moore To Get Two Year Temporary Hospital

Moore Medical Center
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A temporary hospital building is scheduled to open in the fall in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.

The Norman Transcript reports the near-11,000 square-foot facility expects to open in November and will operate for two years while a permanent structure is built.

In May, Moore was devastated by a violent EF5 tornado that killed dozens.

Members of the Norman Regional Hospital Authority say the building is not a trailer or a portable classroom, but a facility outfitted with all the typical hospital equipment.

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