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February 7, 2013
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State of the Union Plans
Oil and Earthquakes?
Ticket Giveaway

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KGOU Begins Weekly Legislative Round-Up
Capitol dome The state legislative process can be confusing -- bills, committees, individual lawmakers and political partisanship. KGOU will help to make sense of the upcoming legislative session with a new weekly round-up of key proposals as they make their way through the lawmaking process. Each Friday, beginning Feb. 15, News Director Kurt Gwartney will review the week just completed and the week ahead at the State Capitol. His reports will air during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

The session officially began with Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State address on Monday, Feb 4, which KGOU broadcast live; we'll be on the Capitol beat for the duration, and you can keep up-to-date with our news archives.

KGOU Wins OAB Awards
Winners of the 2012 Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters awards have been announced, with KGOU winning in three categories, the most of any Oklahoma City metro radio station. KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney supplied the winning entries in the General News and stand-alone Feature categories. Program Director Jim Johnson's artist profile of two local musicians was a co-winner in the Special Programming category. The awards will be presented in a ceremony April 19 in Tulsa.

KGOU to Broadcast State of the Union
NPR News Tuesday, February 12, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, and is expected to expand on his proposals for new immigration and gun laws as well as budget and tax policy. Following the president's speech, the Republican party will offer a response.

NPR's coverage begins at 8 p.m. with Melissa Block hosting. She'll be joined in the studio by NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson and Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving. Coverage will include reporting and reaction from NPR correspondents and analysis from regular contributors.

StateImpact Oklahoma Examines Recent Earthquakes
StateImpact Oklahoma is not historically known for earthquakes, so in the aftermath of stronger and more frequent earthquakes in the state, StateImpact Oklahoma is digging for more information. Some believe oil and gas production may have something to do with the increased seismic activity. StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz has begun curating available information in a new topic page, and appeared on OETA to talk about what he's found.

In Memoriam: New Dimensions' Michael Toms
Justine and Michael Toms Co-founder of the popular independent public radio program New Dimensions, Michael Toms, passed away Jan. 24 at the age of 72. His wife and co-founder, Justine Willis Toms announced his death and is gathering tributes . For over four decades, Michael broadcast his conversations with the world's leading-edge thinkers and philosophers. Justine will continue as host of the program, heard on KGOU on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m.

Chocolate: Out Of The Box, Into The Frying Pan
Chocolate Beef No boring old box of chocolates for you on Valentine's Day? Instead, try combining two things that will impress your significant other more than anything else: chocolate and a home-cooked meal. Peter Ogburn for NPR's Kitchen Window has some great ideas for dinners that definitely say 'I love you.'
Ticket Giveaway ~ Band of Scots Guards and The Black Watch
Scots Guards and Black Watch The prestigious military bands of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II return to Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond February 17 to perform stirring marches, anthems, changing of the guards, music from the Royal Castles of England, Scotland and Ireland, highland dancing, broadswords and more. This concert is sold out, but KGOU has one pair of tickets to give away. Enter our drawing for your chance to win.

Congratulations to our winners!
In our previous issue, KGOU gave away tickets to the satellite cinema event One Night Stand, a look behind the scenes of NYC's 24-Hour Musicals. Our winners were John, Dawn, John, Elaine, Martha, Richard, Susan, and Barry!