Joe Wertz http://kwgs.org en A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge http://kwgs.org/post/sharp-rise-earthquakes-puts-oklahomans-edge For the past three decades, Oklahoma averaged about 50 earthquakes a year. But that number has skyrocketed in the past few years. In 2013 — the state's most seismically active year ever — there were almost 3,000.<p>The quakes are small, and they're concentrated in the central part of the state, where the Erwins live.<p>Amanda Erwin says that even on a clear day, she knows something's up when the thunder begins: The chandelier swings, and the walls and bed start rumbling. Her husband, Keith, says the earthquakes remind him of the artillery he used to hear growing up near a military base. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 52161 at http://kwgs.org A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge Mapped: Which Oklahoma Schools Have Storm Shelters http://kwgs.org/post/mapped-which-oklahoma-schools-have-storm-shelters-0 <span>The results of a statewide survey released Thursday show 62 percent of Oklahoma&#8217;s 1,804 public schools don&#8217;t have storm shelters, and only 15 percent have shelters built to withstand the 250 mph winds of an </span>EF5<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; "> tornado, like the ones that swept through central Oklahoma in May 2013.</span><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Red dots indicate schools without shelters. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:48:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 46972 at http://kwgs.org Mapped: Which Oklahoma Schools Have Storm Shelters Why Protesters Have A Hard Time Making Case Against The Keystone XL Pipeline http://kwgs.org/post/why-protesters-have-hard-time-making-case-against-keystone-xl-pipeline-0 <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kgou/files/styles/card_280/public/201309/130924_SIOK_Keystone.jpg" alt="" /><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">A Sept. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:23:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 46763 at http://kwgs.org Why Protesters Have A Hard Time Making Case Against The Keystone XL Pipeline Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles http://kwgs.org/post/dust-bowl-worries-swirl-shelterbelt-buckles In the 1930s, the Dust Bowl ravaged crops and helped plunge the U.S. into an environmental and economic depression. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 45978 at http://kwgs.org Dust Bowl Worries Swirl Up As Shelterbelt Buckles Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court http://kwgs.org/post/thirsty-states-take-water-battle-supreme-court On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets water. And this is not a game.<p>The court will hear oral arguments in the case of <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/tag/tarrant-vs-herrmann/">Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, et al.</a> The case pits Oklahoma against Texas over rights to water from the river that forms part of the border between them. Depending on how the court decides, it could impact interstate water-sharing agreements across the country.<p><strong>Keeping Up With Texas Sun, 21 Apr 2013 09:12:00 +0000 Joe Wertz 37711 at http://kwgs.org Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court