Oklahoma Voices

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Oklahoma newsmakers talking about the issues that affect the Sooner state and beyond.

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Energy
10:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

What’s the Difference Between Oklahoma and Arkansas? Oil

Harold Hamm
Credit Continental Resources

Many energy company executives are afraid to talk about oil, according to Continental Resoures CEO Harold Hamm.

“Energy has treated Oklahoma so well,” said Hamm speaking at the Governor’s Energy Conference last fall. “A third of production comes from Oklahoma. That’s tremendous.”

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Energy
9:30 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Fallin: Oklahoma’s Energy Plan Showing Success

Oil production has been part of Oklahoma history since before statehood.
Credit CALI2OKIE / Flickr (Creative Commons)

Building new markets for Oklahoma energy products is a goal of Gov. Mary Fallin’s energy plan.

Several speakers at the Governor’s Energy Conference praised Fallin’s administration for developing a plan for the state energy sector.

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Oklahoma Voices
12:25 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Coburn: All Guns are Assault Weapons

A firearm identified as an AR15-117
Credit Moto@Club4AG / Flickr (Creative Commons)

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) told a crowd at an Oklahoma City town hall that a .45-caliber handgun with 10 rounds in it is no different than an AR-15.

“There isn’t a gun that’s made that isn’t an assault weapon,” he said after one man recommended a ban on military-style assault guns.

After answering several questions last week related to controlling firearms, Coburn told the nearly 150 people in the room that he wouldn’t answer any more questions about guns.

“What I’m trying to do right now is both protect the Second Amendment and the 10th Amendment for Oklahoma if we want to do something different,” Coburn said.

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Budget
11:12 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Federal Workers Question Congressman Over Sequester

Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) delivers remarks at the weekly House Republican Leadership Press Conference.
Credit House Republican Conference

Several federal employees questioned 5th Distrcit U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) on pay cuts they’re forced to take as part of sequestration during a town hall recorded last month by KGOU.

Delo Anderson wanted to know why Congress isn’t letting the Dept. of Defense make strategic decisions on how to implement mandatory budget cuts, forcing 800,000 defense workers to take 22 furlough days.

“I met with Leon Panetta last summer to ask about sequestration,” Lankford said. “His response was we are not going to plan for it; it’s not going to happen.”

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Oklahoma Voices
11:56 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Despite Religious Differences, Faith Communities Support Each Other in Times of Disaster

Credit http://tvnweather.com/

Listen to the Rev. Mary Hughes Gaudreau discuss how faith communities came together to help in times of disaster.

Held together by a common goal to protect vulnerable disaster survivors and a deep commitment to respectful conversation, 50 diverse, non-profit and faith-based disaster response organizations found a way through divisive religious issues to develop national standards in disaster spiritual care.

The Rev. Mary Hughes Gaudreau speaks on the subject as part of the first Re-mind and Re-new conference at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa.

The conference was designed to model ways of disagreeing, find common ground, stay in relationship and do important work together despite deep differences.

Oklahoma Voices
11:17 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"Tornadapreneur" Reed Timmer Takes TV Show to Internet

Reed Timmer
Credit http://tvnweather.com

One of the nation’s most well-known storm chasers, Reed Timmer, is taking his work to the public after appearing for several years on the Discovery Channel.

To help pay for his new Internet-based series of programs, Timmer used social media and Kickstarter. The plan was a success, surpassing its initial $75,000 goal, now trying for a new “stretch goal” of $125,000 by Thursday.

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Oklahoma Voices
12:15 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Despite What You Think, Civil Discourse Exists

The Wisconsin state Capitol during the fight between Gov. Scott Walker and pro-union groups.
Credit Protocol Photography / Flickr Creative Commons

It doesn’t take very long, scanning through the cable news channels and talk radio, to assume that civil discourse is hard to come by in the United States.

On this episode of Oklahoma Voices, we hear from two speakers at a recent conference sponsored by Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa who present evidence we’re not as divided as it may appear.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Gov. Fallin Shares Workers' Compensation Changes with OKC Chamber

Gov. Mary Fallin prepares to deliver her 2013 State of the State address.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin speaking to the Oklahoma City Chamber Feb. 21.

Gov. Mary Fallin told members of the Oklahoma City Chamber she supports many of the changes contained in workers' compensation law making its way through the legislature.

"Oklahoma's ranked among the top states in the nation on workers' compensation premium costs," Fallin said. "I've told our legislators, and our Pro Tem, and our Speaker, 'If you get a bill to my desk that does those things, I am very supportive of moving toward an administrative system.'"

Fallin's comments on Feb. 21 were the first to endorse the plan outlined in a bill by Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman of Sapulpa.

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Oklahoma Voices
8:40 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Don't Discriminate Against Bus Riders: OKC Transit Town Hall

Oklahoma City Council member Ed Shadid says bus benches send the message that public transit is only for the poor and undervalued.
Credit Ed Shadid

The Oklahoma City metro is used to receiving top rankings in a number of areas, including unemployment, business climate and affordable housing, but there are other areas where the community falls short.

One of those is public transit. Of the top 50 cities in the nation, Oklahoma City is dead last in the quality and sustainability of public transportation.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Troubled Water: A Deep Dive Into Oklahoma’s Most Precious Resource

In January, Oklahoma City's Lake Hefner recorded its lowest lake level in its 66-year history.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

In many ways, the history of Oklahoma is a story of water. Our geography is drawn by rivers and streams. And our cultural legacy is informed by drought.

History, money and consumption have shaped Oklahoma water policy. Here’s a look at the role each part plays in the plan policymakers are writing to protect what former governor and U.S. senator Robert S. Kerr called, the state’s “most blessed resource.”

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