Oklahoma City, OK – Energy industry still keys Oklahoma economy
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The latest revenue shortfall in Oklahoma is another reminder that despite efforts to diversify the state's economy in recent years, its financial fortunes still rise and fall with those of the energy industry.
More than 25 years after the famed oil bust devastated the Oklahoma economy, the culprit this time is stagnant natural gas prices, which have dropped well below $3 per 1,000 cubic feet, the lowest since 2002.
Tulsa, OK – Naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt's latest book uses the inquisitive, intelligent American Crow as a metaphor for finding and observing nature in our own backyard. "Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness" (Little,Brown) shares what science knows about crows, and how a common urban species can lead to a new world outside your window. Haupt is our guest today on StudioTulsa.
Oklahoma City, OK – Ten Commandments monument could be built in spring
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The director of the Department of Central Services says a Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol could be built in the spring.
DCS director John Richard told the Capitol Preservation Commission on Thursday that one possible location is north of the Capitol and two others are on the southeast side. Richard is also a member of the Capitol Preservation Commission.
Oklahoma City, OK – Audit requested concerning OHP aircraft parts
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The state attorney general's office is asking for an audit concerning aircraft parts at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
A letter requesting the audit was sent Thursday to state Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage after Oklahoma County prosecutors asked for help in the matter. It asks for an investigation into possible theft or embezzlement of aircraft parts.
On August 19, 2009, a student from Wolf Creek Elementary was diagnosed with a strongly suspected case of the novel H1N1 influenza virus, called by many-swine flu.
The student is at home under doctor's care and won't return to school until symptom free. The Center for Disease Control reminds all that students diagnosed with swine flu or regular flu should remain at home avoiding contact with others until the child has been symptom free including no fever for 24 hours.
Tulsa, OK – David Barringer is surely one of our best and funniest writers on design. He talks with Rich Fisher about his collection of essays, "There's Nothing Funny About Design" (Princeton Architectural Press), which critically examines everyday design from the "promiscuousness of the letter X in our culture," to how the cautionary colors of red and yellow have been adopted by the fast food industry, to how evolution is portrayed with fish symbols and the ape-to-man chart.