LOCAL AND AREA NEWS
GOVERNOR FALLIN SPENDS DAY IN STILLWATER MONDAY
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin joined Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and representatives from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and the UTeach Institute to officially announce the launch of OSUTeach and a $1.4 million grant from NMSI for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher preparation.
In addition to the official program announcement, the university also recognized the Charles and Lynn Shusterman Family Foundation in Tulsa for its $600,000 gift to support the OSUTeach program.
The program is a collaboration between OSU’s College of Education and College of Arts Sciences. Core elements of the UTeach program include recruitment and retention incentives, a compact degree program, a strong focus on research-based strategies for teaching and learning math and science, intensive field teaching experience, and personal guidance from master teachers and faculty.
In February, NMSI and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute announced that OSU had been selected along with four other universities in the nation and the only Oklahoma institution as an implementation partner for UTeach. UTeach is a highly-successful program created to attract a wide range of bright science and mathematics majors into secondary teaching careers, to prepare them through an advanced field-intensive curriculum, and to promote professional retention through induction support and ongoing professional development.
The UTeach program was first developed at the University of Texas Austin in 1997 and since then has been implemented at 35 universities across the country. By the fall of 2015 it is expected that the UTeach program will be in 45 universities and is expected to produce more than 9,000 new math and science teachers in the United States by 2020 – nearly 10 percent of the national goal of producing 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021.
OSUTeach will offer degrees in biological science, chemistry, geology (choice of earth/space science or physical science), mathematics and physics beginning fall 2014. Students who participate in the program will receive a degree in a STEM major and full teaching certification without added time or cost. In addition, OSUTeach participants are in K-12 classrooms in their first semester in the program.
For more information on OSUTeach visit the website at http://osuteach.okstate.edu/.
The Governor also appeared at two class sessions at OSU Monday and hosted a public town hall meeting sponsored by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.
EARTHQUAKES HIT AREA AGAIN
Two earthquakes rattled residents near Stillwater, Oklahoma Monday morning.
According to the Oklahoma Geological Survey, a 3.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 9:11 a.m. Monday.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake's epicenter was located seven miles east of Stillwater.
It was about three miles deep.
Another 2.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 9:47 a.m., according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Its epicenter was located eight miles east of Stillwater.
No injuries or damage were immediately reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded three small earthquakes in Oklahoma Sunday.
The U.S.G.S. reports a 3.1 magnitude earthquake shortly after noon Sunday that came after a 2.5 magnitude quake recorded about 5:15 a.m. Authorities told reporters that there were no reports of injury or damage in the quakes about 15 miles east of Oklahoma City.
A 2.9 magnitude quake was then recorded at 4:40 p.m. between Langston and Guthrie -- about 30 miles north of Oklahoma City.
The quakes come after a 2.7 and a 2.9 magnitude quakes were recorded in the Choctaw area on Saturday.
Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage isn't likely in quakes below magnitude 4.0.
STUDY: BIG OKLAHOMA QUAKES LINKED TO OIL AND GAS ACTIVITY
New research suggests the largest earthquakes on record in Oklahoma were likely triggered by oil and gas activity.
In a new study involving researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists said they observed a human-induced magnitude 5.0 earthquake near Prague in November 2011 which may have triggered the larger magnitude 5.7 earthquake less than a day later.
A paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research this week authored by researchers with the United States Geological Survey suggests the correlation.
"I'm just someone in the USGS who goes out following any earthquake. I guess you could call me an earthquake chaser," USGS seismologist Elizabeth Cochran said.
Cochran was in Prague after the November 2011 quakes and has been studying the 5.0 foreshock, the 5.7 mainshock in the area, and their relation since.
"This event could have been due to wastewater injection,” said Cochran.
Cochran has co-authored a paper explaining why.
"We noted the correlation between where the seismicity was occurring in the sequence and where a number of injection wells were located ... We delineate the plane that broke and that plane happened to come within a couple hundred meters of two injection wells," Cochran said.
"We've been working very proactively with the Oklahoma Geological Survey. We started before the Prague earthquake," Oklahoma Corporation Commission representative Matt Skinner said.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission regulates wastewater injection wells in the state and also monitors seismic activity.
"We are not waiting for proof. The issue is whether or not we have data we need to show this is the action that can be taken,” Skinner said, regarding certain injection sites believed to be directly tied to quakes.
The commission immediately gave the red light to an injection well near the epicenter after the Prague quakes.
"We've adopted what we call a red light-green light system,” Skinner said.
Recently, the yellow light was given to an injection well in Love County after a series of quakes there.
"They did find a correlation between the injection well activity ... and an earthquake swarm,” said Skinner.
The operator was directed to slow activity but instead decided to shutter the well altogether.
The Corporation Commission will not permit any wastewater injection wells near areas prone to quakes, including areas with an earthquake history or near a fault line, and are considering new, stricter regulations.
"Basically, what they call for is increased monitoring, increased data gathering and increased testing of those injection wells,” said Skinner.
The Corporation Commission will vote on the proposed new rules next week. If approved by commissioners, the new rules will go to state Legislature and governor for approval.
NEW BLOCK TUITION PLAN APPROVED BY REGENTS
The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved OSU’s request to introduce a block tuition plan for the fall semester during its regular meeting Friday in Stillwater.
The new plan, called “Finish in Four”, offers a flat rate for tuition and university-wide fees for full-time undergraduate students taking 12 to 18 hours in a semester.
“We are pleased to introduce this block tuition model for our students,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “It is designed to help students graduate quicker, while potentially reducing the total cost of an OSU degree.”
Hargis said that with the change to a block tuition plan, the university hopes to keep tuition and university-wide fees flat for the 2014-15 school year. Rates for the next academic year will be announced when the 2014-15 budget is approved in June.
For most degrees, completing at least 15 hours of applicable coursework each semester puts a student on track to graduate in four years, which means several benefits to students:
· Eliminating additional semesters or years of expense for room, board and other costs
· Reducing student loan debt upon graduation
· Allowing entry into the workforce earlier
Many of the universities across the country that have adopted a block tuition plan have seen significant improvement in graduation rates. Currently, only 31 percent of OSU students graduate in four years and around 60 percent graduate in six years.
This plan can reduce considerable cost by reducing the time to earn an OSU degree.
Part-time undergraduate students – those taking less than 12 hours – and graduate students will continue to be charged on a per-credit-hour basis. Other exceptions also will be considered.
Hargis thanked the OSU Student Government Association and students for their feedback as the university developed its plans.
“OSU already is recognized nationally as one of the best values in higher education, and that value only increases if our students graduate faster,” Hargis said. “This plan offers even greater value to students and makes an OSU degree more accessible and affordable.”
More information about OSU’s “Finish in Four” plan is available at https://bursar.okstate.edu/block-rate-information.
DEATHS RULED HOMICIDES IN CASE FROM EARLY 1990'S
New information was released Friday in a triple-homicide case that already has stretched out more than two decades.
The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner on Friday released the official autopsy reports for Wendy Camp, 23, Lisa Kregear, 22, and Cynthia Britto, 6. Remains of the three were found in a Pawnee County field last April after a missing person search that began in 1992 and garnered national attention.
According to the medical examiner's reports, Camp died from sharp-force injuries and gunshot wounds; Kregear died of gunshot wounds to the torso; and Britto's cause of death is undetermined. They all are ruled as homicides.
"Due to the advanced state of putrefaction, the possibility of other trauma is noted excluded," the reports say about all three sets of remains.
The reports also reveal, for the first time, that a .38-caliber revolver and a 6.5-inch knife also were exhumed from the 8-foot burial site in rural Jennings
FORMER LOGAN COUNTY DEPUTY FACING RAPE CHARGES
Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have arrested a former deputy suspected in connection with the rape of a resident at a nursing home in Crescent.
John Wesley Tucker, 46, of Guthrie, was arrested and charged with one count of rape by instrumentation. He will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
The alleged sexual assault took place on July 12, 2013, at the Crescent Care Center, according to court documents. Tucker claims it was consensual, according to an affidavit.
Tucker worked as a Logan County deputy before taking a job at the care center.
BEEF RECALL INVOLVES AREA GROCERY STORES
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, has reissued a recall of beef products affecting stores nationwide including Oklahoma.
The Class 1 recall early last month initially stated the recalled products had been shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California, Florida, Illinois and Texas.
The current list of distributors, updated on March 4, 2014, published by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been expanded to include more than 6,300 retailers throughout the U.S. and Guam.
According to the list published at www.fsis.usda.gov/, area grocery stores that may be affected by the recall are: Williams Discount Foods in Bristow, Chandler, Drumright, Perkins and Stroud; Food Pyramid in Stillwater and Cushing; Ballard's Food in Oilton and Phelps Foods in Mannford.
AREA TOWN ROCKED BY FRIDAY EXPLOSION
An explosion at a triplex rocked Drumright early Friday morning.
Sources say a man and woman suffered burns over 30-40 percent of their bodies and were flown by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital.
Fire reportedly started in a water closet of one of the units and the fire destroyed the entire structure.
The state fire marshal's office is investigating and will determine an official cause.
STILLWATER CONVENIENCE CENTER NOW TAKING TEXTILES
City of Stillwater Convenience Collection Center recently expanded its recycle services to include clothes and shoes.
According to Convenience Collection Center Coordinator Sean Eisensmith, “Stillwater residents may recycle their used clothes and shoes at the Convenience Center free of charge. We have two orange bins set aside for recycled textiles.”
The City is working with the American Textile Recycling Solutions (ATRS) out of Oklahoma City, who collect and sort the textiles and then donates the useable clothing to charities.
“In addition to getting clothes to those in need, recycling helps reduce what goes to landfills,” he added. Since 2001, ATRS has kept more than 150 million pounds of textile waste out of landfills.
Eisensmith stressed that recycled clothing must be brought to the Convenience Collection Center and not placed in the curbside single stream recycle carts.
The Convenience Collection Center, 807 S. Perkins Rd., is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Convenience Collection Center is a convenient, professionally staffed, drive-thru service for disposing of non-hazardous recyclable goods, household waste and green waste. To learn more about what is accepted at the Convenience Collection Center visit its webpage at Stillwater.org or call the Convenience Collection Center at 405-533-8458.
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