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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:17 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

From Guymon To Poteau And Beyond: The Biggest StateImpact Stories Of 2013

Logan Layden talks with Kiowa historian 'Joe Fish' DuPoint about the potential impact of limestone mining on Longhorn Mountain in August 2013.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The StateImpact team traveled about 10,000 miles in 2013 to interview Oklahomans about how government policy affects their lives.

Our reporting took us to all corners of Oklahoma, across the border into Texas, and to the nation’s capital and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

World Views: December 20, 2013

Listen to the entire December 20, 2013 episode

Joshua Landis provides an update on the ongoing removal of chemical weapons in Syria, and Rebecca Cruise examines the recent executions of high-level government officials in North Korea, and what they could mean. 

Later, a conversation with a trio of scientists and engineers about how three very different developing countries share many of the same sanitation and hygiene concerns.

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World Views
12:10 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Communication, Cooperation Key To Water Issues In Africa And Asia

Villagers gather drinking water in Sof Omer, Ethiopia.
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Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Feleke Zewge, Pawan Labhasetwar, and Derek Chitwood

Despite radically different cultures, climate, geography, and levels of government involvement in improving the lives of its citizens, Ethiopia, India, and China all face similar water issues.

KGOU’s World Views host and the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies Suzette Grillot recently gathered three engineers together for a conversation about water, sanitation, and hygiene concerns in their respective countries of expertise.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:13 am
Thu December 12, 2013

A Wet Year Doesn’t Mean Any Part of Oklahoma Is Safe From Drought In 2014

The latest update of drought conditions in Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

Parts of Oklahoma have been suffering from severe and exceptional drought conditions for three straight years. That is a long time, especially for communities in western Oklahoma.

But this drought might be closer to its beginning than its end, and with little warning could encompass the entire state next year.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:58 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Misses Legislative Deadline In Oklahoma-Texas Border Dispute

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Exactly where the border between Oklahoma and Texas lies along the Red River has never been completely clear, especially where Lake Texoma covers the original river shore.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:55 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

OKC Steps Up Water Conservation Effort, Levying Fines And Giving Skeptics Hope

A grounded boat dock at Canton Lake, where Oklahoma City got billions of gallons of water in early 2013.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust has taken a lot of criticism the past few years over how it’s gone about securing enough water to meet the city’s needs.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:31 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Red Cedars Aren’t As Thirsty As We Thought, But They Still Suck

This 2011 fire in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge was fueled, in part, by red cedars.
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Eastern Red Cedar trees are bad for Oklahoma. The volatile oils they contain can cause the trees to explode during wildfires, spreading embers over hundreds of yards. They crowd out other plants, force wildlife off their habitats, and steal rainfall — which is bad news during a drought.

As The Journal Record‘s Brian Brus reports, it’s been said each red cedar can guzzle dozens of gallons of water each day:

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:07 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Few Oklahoma Cities Filter Water For Element That Causes Toxic Algae In Lakes

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There’s too much phosphorous in the vast majority of Oklahoma’s lakes and streams.

Excessive phosphorous and nitrogen leads to blue-green algae blooms, which can cause respiratory, eye, and stomach problems in people, and fish kills due to lack of oxygen.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:35 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Canton Business Owners On The Brink Months After Oklahoma City Water Withdrawal

Jeff Converse of the Canton Lake Association stands in front of a boat ramp he says has been surrounded by mud and weeds since Oklahoma City withdrew water from the lake in January.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Canton, Oklahoma — population 625 — is a town on the brink. Canton relies on lake season, and lake season never really got started this year.

At the first of the year, Oklahoma City took water from Canton Lake to meet demand at the height of the drought. While that decision kept faucets flowing in the metro, it threatens the very existence of Canton the community.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:24 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Duncan Weighs Its Water Options As Area Lakes Continue to Dwindle

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City officials in Duncan, Okla., are looking for ways to keep from running out of water.

If drought conditions continue as they have over the last couple of years, the city of more than 23,000 will see its water supplies totally depleted by the end of 2016, according to a story in the Duncan Banner. 

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