Logan Layden

Broadcast Reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma

Logan Layden is a native of McAlester, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 and spent three years as a state capitol reporter and local host of All Things Considered for NPR member station KGOU in Norman.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:55 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Lawmakers Fail to Stop Fee Increases: What You'll Be Paying More For This Fall

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 2:51 pm

Republican House Speaker T.W. Shannon says user fees have gone up by about $100 million since 2007, and he wanted to ban most fee increases this past legislative session.

But in the end, it was more of a technicality than worry over how to fund the government that killed House Bill 1914.

Shannon’s bill passed the House and Senate, but was never sent to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law. So, the fees agencies charge for their services can continue to go up … and they are.

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Drought
8:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Drought Only Partially to Blame for Oklahoma’s Withering Wheat Crop

Credit NET_EFEKT / Flickr Creative Commons

While the drought continues to ease in eastern portions of the state, it’s still raging in much of western Oklahoma, where the state’s wheat harvest is taking a hit.

The Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association recently released its estimate of this year’s wheat crop, which Oklahoma Farm Report summed up with one word: “dismal.”

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:37 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Moore Tornado Victims Face Tragedy and Insurance Companies Following Storm

An army of insurance adjusters from across the country started to descend on Moore less 24 hours after Monday’s storm, and by Wednesday morning, a long line of them had formed outside the First Baptist Church.

Many were already in the area because of hail and tornados from earlier storms, and now they’re in destroyed neighborhoods assessing damage house by house.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:10 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Federal Government Got Oklahoma Hooked On Coal, Now It's Forcing a Detox

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 11:21 am

In a broadcast story last week, StateImpact talked about how Oklahoma relies heavily on six major coal-fired power plants and the Wyoming coal that’s needed to run them — despite sitting on one of the largest supplies of natural gas in the country.

We wanted to find out what explains this paradox. So we did some research and called some power companies.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:28 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Five Tribes Join Forces to Develop New Oklahoma Wind Farm

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 10:34 am

The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations are helping small communities with their water infrastructure needs in southern Oklahoma.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:45 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Why a Move to Regional Water Planning Could Cause Controversy in Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 1:10 pm

Oklahoma’s state water authorities want to move from population-based to regional water planning.

The change was outlined in the most recent update of the state’s Comprehensive Water Plan,and is the framework for a bill making its way through the legislature.

Senate Bill 965 would change the composition of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, giving less-populated areas of the state an equal say in how Oklahoma’s water is used.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:44 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

How Fee Increases Are Outpacing Tax Cuts In Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 11:23 am

StateImpact reported in April on how difficult practically impossible it is to raise taxes in Oklahoma, and the 1992 state question responsible.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:45 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Why Wyoming Coal Still Powers Natural Gas-Rich Oklahoma

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:12 am

Oklahoma has more natural gas reserves than all but three other states. And it now accounts for about 40-percent of the state’s power generation.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:50 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Who Pays the Most for Water In Oklahoma?

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Every two years, the Oklahoma Municipal League surveys hundreds of its member cities and towns about their water rates.

StateImpact got an early look at the 2012 data, and found Fort Towson, just across the Red River in Choctaw County, has the highest residential water rate of any community that responded to the OML survey.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:10 am
Thu February 28, 2013

How Native American Tribes Are Easing Small Town Water Worries in Oklahoma

Duane Smith, water consultant for the Chickasaw Tribe, in front of Hillside Spring at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s water infrastructure needs are daunting, and replacing wastewater treatment plants, filtration systems, and pipelines is expensive.

That’s especially for smaller communities with just a few thousand residents to cover millions of dollars in costs.

There is federal and state aid available, but for some, turning to tribal governments is also an option.

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