Quiet Railroad Crossings In Edmond Could Cost $3.5 Million

Mar 20, 2019
A BNSF train enters downtown Oklahoma City without a warning horn. Edmond City Hall is looking at upgrading its railroad crossings to quiet zone standards, much like Oklahoma City has.
Brent Fuchs)

On this episode of the Business Intelligence Report, Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses the city of Edmond's move toward quieter railroad crossings, which could attract additional development near the tracks. Ray also talks about Will Rogers World Airport's $62 million expansion project. 

Thousands more Oklahoma students were held back in early grades than what the U.S. Department of Education reported, according to newly released state data.

Kevin Stitt, candidate for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma Governor, speaks in Guthrie, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Attorney General Mike Hunter approved Gov. Stitt’s conflict of interest plan late last week. Stitt submitted his plan in early January, focusing mostly on separating himself from Gateway Mortgage Group, the lending company he founded in 2000.

Much of Tahlequah is included in one of Oklahoma’s Opportunity Zones, which offer tax breaks for new investments, but the Tahlequah-based Cherokee Nation can’t take advantage of a key part of the new tax law.
Tesina Jackson / Tahlequah Daily Press

Native American tribes across the country were left out of a major part of a new federal tax incentive for opportunity zones, with their governments unable to pool investments to support projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas. 

Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce neighborhood was home to many listings in The Green Book.

The Green Book was a guide for African Americans traveling during segregation. It listed businesses that did not discriminate on the basis of race. KGOU listener Luciana Simmons asked How Curious: Where were Oklahoma’s Green Book entries? Do they still exist?

Sue Ogrocki/AP

In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss a whirlwind week at that state capitol. The two discuss the new powers of Oklahoma's governor, new regulations on medical marijuana and controversial abortion legislation. 

With a huge freshman class and a promise for less gridlock, Oklahoma lawmakers filed more than 2,800 bills this legislative session. With a third of the session now over, the StateImpact team has an update on some bills we’re following.

Brian Brurud withdrew his name from consideration to become Gov. Kevin Stitt’s secretary of veterans affairs and the military.
Cory Young / Tulsa World

The head of an international consulting firm that is being sued by more than a dozen veterans has withdrawn his nomination from Gov. Kevin Stitt to be Oklahoma’s next secretary of veterans affairs and the military.

Devon Energy Plans To Cut 200 Jobs

Mar 13, 2019
The Devon Energy Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs

Journal Record Editor Russell Ray discusses Devon Energy's plans to lay off about 200 employees. Most of the job cuts are connected to the sale or spinoff of assets in North Texas and Canada. 

Doug Simpson and Jolly Brown

Having KGOU as part of his daily news consumption is important to listener Doug Simpson who visited our Norman studios recently.

Q: Please tell us about yourself.

Doug Simpson: I'm originally from Dayton, Ohio, but I grew up in Illinois as well. I've been here in Oklahoma for about a total of 13 years -- almost 10 years this time. I live in Moore. I'm retired from the Air Force and now work for the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

The state Pardon and Parole Board will consider a group of inmates who qualify under a new, streamlined parole process.
Oklahoma Watch

A new type of streamlined parole will get its first test next week when the initial group of inmates eligible for the early release are considered by the Pardon and Parole Board.

Claire Donnelly with listener John Sumida
Jolly Brown / KGOU

An Oklahoma transplant from Hawaii, KGOU listener John Sumida likes the different viewpoints and perspectives he gets from public radio.

Q: Please tell us about yourself.

John Sumida: My name is John Sumida and I live in Norman. I grew up in Hawaii. I've lived in Honolulu, Seattle, San Diego and now Norman, and every time I move to a new location that's one of the first things that I do is find the local public radio stations and program them into my radio.

Sue Ogrocki/AP

In this episode of Capitol Insider, KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley interview Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd of Oklahoma City. Floyd explains her opposition to the Republican plan to give the governor more authority over state agencies and her hopes for increasing education funding.

 Paula Poundstone is perhaps best known in public radio circles for her role as a panelist on NPR’s "Wait… Wait… Don’t Tell Me!," but her humorous take on life has been in public view for nearly 40 years. Comedy Central considers her among the top 100 comedians of all time, and she’s authored two books. Her latest, “The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness,” documents her personal search for bliss.  

Tracy Smallwood is grateful for the life she’s worked to build after leaving prison.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Tracy Smallwood says her life before she went to prison was just “dead time.”

Commercial Development In Oklahoma City Expands

Mar 7, 2019
Mark Hancock

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber reports recent increases in commercial development in Oklahoma City, especially along the route of the new streetcar. The chamber also reports 72 active projects, which it says could bring additional jobs to the city. 

KGOU Radio

This is the Manager’s Minute.

KGOU’s popular How Curious podcast returned this week for a new season of interesting stories about our state, its history and culture. Claire Donnelly produces How Curious and you can catch the new segments over the next several weeks, and on demand on Apple Podcast and Spotify.

The media world is constantly changing, and How Curious is another way KGOU is evolving to better serve our audience – YOU.

Gov. Kevin Stitt walks past an applauding crowd to take the podium for his first State of the State address at the Capitol.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Gov. Kevin Stitt ran for office on his business acumen and background in building a national mortgage company. His recently filed financial disclosure forms provide a glimpse at how Stitt has invested some of his wealth.

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s pick to becomes Oklahoma’s next secretary of veterans affairs and the military is facing accusations that his consulting company violated federal labor laws by underpaying veterans.

The first QuikTrip store opened in Tulsa September 25, 1938.

KGOU listener Nick Jungman  heard a rumor that an old agreement between business owners is keeping the Oklahoma-based QuikTrip out of the state’s capital city. He asked How Curious: Is this story true?